Even when couples are interested in writing their own vows, I like to provide a variety of samples for their review–it helps to get the creative juices flowing. Native American readings have become increasingly popular in weddings, and I recently came across this wedding vow, inspired by the Cherokee Nation.
God in heaven above,
Please protect the ones we love.
We honor all you created
As we pledge our hearts and lives together.
We honor Mother Earth
And ask for our marriage to be abundant
And grow stronger through the seasons.
We honor fire and ask that our union be warm
And glowing in our hearts.
We honor wind and ask that we sail through the life
Safe and calm as in our father’s arms.
We honor water to clean and soothe our relationship–
That it may never thirst for love.
With all the forces of the universe you created,
We pray for harmony as we grow forever young together.