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10 Sweet Vow Examples for Your Vow Renewal Ceremony

Published Thursday, Dec. 29th, 2022

10 sample vows to exchange at your marriage vow renewal ceremony -- from short and sweet, to funny, heartfelt, and family oriented



Choosing to renew your wedding vows is a meaningful way to celebrate an enduring love, a wedding anniversary, a family milestone, or the decision to reconnect and recommit as a couple. 


Most married couples know that familiarity and daily responsibilities can sometimes keep us from seeing the beauty of day-to-day partnership, even one that’s grounded in mutual love and respect. That’s why it’s so important to honor a union that’s stood the test of time, growing stronger and more loving with each of life’s ups and downs – a marriage like yours!


To plan a unique vow renewal celebration:
Everything You Need to Know About
 a Vow Renewal Ceremony



The most meaningful renewal vows are those that sound like you, that use words you’d use in real life, and that are spoken from the heart and the history you and your spouse share. 


Personalize the sample vows below with a reflection on your original wedding vows, your favorite memories from your marriage, and the humor that keeps you going through the hard times. Then, make new promises for the years to come.



Next, ask a friend or relative to officiate your vow renewal ceremony. 



Then, visit the free AMM Ceremony Scripts Library to browse sample renewal ceremony scripts in English or Spanish. 





A happy older couple smiling on their vow renewal ceremony day

Celebrate a love that's stood the test of time! 




10 Marriage Renewal Vows 

Ideas & Examples to Inspire Your Vow Renewal Ceremony


Renewal of traditional wedding vows


"_______, when I promised to be your husband (five) years ago, I vowed to stand beside you for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish you every day, until death do us part. It is my greatest privilege to stand here now and promise it all over again. I love you so much, and I always will."



Best friends


"You’re my best friend – the best company I could ask for on this journey. We’ve created an incredible life together, full of surprises and magic and love, and I’m so excited for what our tomorrows will bring."



Funny marriage renewal vows


"_______, the past (ten) years have been a lot. A lot of ups and downs, a lot of me saying I’m sorry without always knowing why. A lot of sleepless nights as a new (dad / mom / parent), a lot of yoga classes I never expected to go to, a lot of trips to the grocery store for chocolate and wine and tampons. They’ve also meant a lot of unforgettable adventures, a lot of laughing, a lot of friendship and trust, a lot of love, and a lot of tenderness… and so many make-out sessions – and I hope so many more. For as long as you’ll have me, I love being your (wife/ husband/ spouse)… a lot."


*Personalize these vows by sharing funny moments from your marriage, to show that love and humor make the journey more enjoyable through good times and bad. 


Thank you


"Thank you for taking a chance on me and for taking me as your (husband / wife / partner in life), because it’s changed my life. Loving you and being loved by you has been the best part of every day for the past (two) years. Thank you for showing me what true partnership can be."


*Personalize these vows by telling your partner what you're most grateful for in your marriage. 


A lasting partnership between equals


"_______, today I renew my commitment to stand beside you, grow with you, laugh with you, and love you. We’ve spent the last (year) of marriage learning how to love each other well, to have fun together even on hard days, to listen, and to compromise. You’ve taught me how to change my mind a little more gracefully, how to be a better wife to you, and how to make what is no doubt the best chili verde that exists on this planet. Yesterday, today, and forever, you are my best friend, my lover, my equal in all things."  


*Personalize these vows with examples of how you and your partner bring equal  strengths to your marriage, compromise as a couple, and grow stronger together. 



Young married couple kiss on their vow renewal while their children watch in the background, smiling and acting bashful, covering their eyes

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Short and sweet renewal vows 


"Today, I reaffirm my promise to love and honor you all the days of my life, to be loyal, faithful, patient, kind, and worthy of your trust. Today, I renew my commitment to stand beside you, as a friend, lover, and (husband / wife/ spouse)." 



An epic love story 


"On our wedding day, I promised to be the best (wife / husband / spouse) that I could be to you. I had no idea what the next (twenty) years would bring, or how much the universe would test my skills in that area. We’ve raised two children together, built a home, traveled and dined and danced our way around the world, taken classes, tackled therapy together, and even survived one or two backpacking trips – which I still really appreciate you going on, by the way. We have written an epic love story together. I hope I’ve been the best (wife / husband / spouse) I could be for you, because you’ve certainly been the best (wife / husband / spouse) for me, and I’m excited to see what our next chapter holds!"


*Personalize these vows with a few of your favorite memories of times you've spend together, challenges you've overcome, and adventures you've shared. 



Always learning something new


"There are some things it’s impossible to learn about a person before you marry them. Like, I didn’t know that you talk in your sleep, or that you’re afraid of the dark, or that you fall in love with literally every cat that you see including in other people’s windows and porches. I don’t know how I missed that one, to be honest. But _______, the thing is, the more I learn, the more I love you, and I can’t wait to see what else I learn about you in the next forty years." 


*Personalize these vows with sweet, funny, or adorably weird things you've learned about your spouse since you got married! 


Spanish marriage renewal vows


"_______, casarme contigo sigue siendo la mejor decisión que he tomado nunca, y si no estuviéramos ya casados, lo volvería a hacer sin dudarlo. Prometo no darte nunca por sentado, mantener fresco nuestro amor, apoyarte en todos tus proyectos y planes, y estar a tu lado en los buenos y malos momentos que puedan venir."


In English, for a bilingual vow renewal ceremony: 


"_______, marrying you is still the best decision I've ever made, and if we weren't already married, I'd do it again in a heartbeat. I promise to never take you for granted, to keep our love fresh, to support you in all of your projects and plans, and to stand beside you through good and bad times that might come."


A true friend and love 


"They say that “a friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden.” When I met you all those years ago, you saw something in me that I didn’t even see in myself. You became my best friend. And when you agreed to be my (wife / husband / spouse), I didn’t think things could possibly get any better than that moment. But the past (dozen) years have shown me that I never once dreamed big enough, because our marriage has been filled with more happiness than I ever imagined possible."


*Personalize these vows with parts of your love story, starting with the first time you met, how your relationship grew, and adding details from your married life. 



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Need more inspiration? 




Renewal of Vows Certificate

The perfect gift for a couple when celebrating their marriage or anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony. This renewal certificate features a pink and black ambrosial floral border for a timeless, romantic design. 


Vow renewal certificate by American Marriage Ministries, pink flowers with pink and black text



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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