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Most Irish wedding vows are based on traditional religious vows of whatever church a couple belongs to. Some are based on older Celtic wedding vows. Here you will find examples you can choose for your wedding or you may choose to write your own.



Catholic Vows

Since Ireland is predominately Catholic, I'll start you off with what I think would be the most traditional of the Irish wedding vows.

I,______, take you, ______ to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.

Here is another variation of the above very traditional Catholic vow.

I,______, take you,______, to be my wife/husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love and honor you all the days of my life.

Exchanging rings(two versions).

Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Take and wear this ring as a pledge of my fidelity.


Protestant Vows

Since there are Protestants in Ireland, I'll show some of these as irish wedding vows too.

I,______,take thee,______, to be my wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereto I pledge myself to you.

Exchanging rings

In token and pledge of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Celtic Wedding Vow

The next of the Irish wedding vows comes from the Celts. Translated by Morgan Llywelyn in her book Finn MacCool.

You cannot possess me for I belong to myself.
But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give.
You cannot command me, for I am a free person.
But I shall serve you in those ways you require,
And the honeycomb will taste sweeter coming from my hand.
I pledge to you that yours will be the name I cry aloud in the night,
And the eyes into which I smile in the morning.
I pledge to you the first bite of my meat and the first drink from my cup.
I pledge to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care.
I shall be a shield for your back and you for mine.
I shall not slander you, nor you me.
I shall honor you above all others, and when we quarrel we shall do so in
Private and tell no strangers our grievances.
This is my wedding vow to you
This is the marriage of equals.


Write Your Own Irish Wedding Vows

In your search on the Web, I'm sure you'll find other examples of Irish wedding vows. If you can't find a good fit for your ceremony why not write your own vows. This way you'll be able to say exactly what is in your heart and keep within your Irish theme. Just remember the Irish are deeply religious and the Celts believed in equality of the sexes. Be creative when writing, but that's the whole idea of writing to begin with.

Guidelines

  • Look at traditional religious vows for ideas
  • Borrow from poetry, love stories, romantic movies and spiritual works.
  • Decide whether you'll write your vows together or separately.
  • Start writing at least two to three weeks in advance.
  • Don't make them so personal that no one else will get it.
  • Keep them short and to the point, but say what needs to be said.
  • Before the wedding make sure your officiate approves of your vows.
  • Practice your final draft out loud.
  • Do you want to memorize them or read them? You'll be nervous that day.
  • Make sure everyone can hear you.


I hope the above examples of Irish wedding vows gives you some good ideas to use at your ceremony. All the best.


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