There are actually a lot of different vows made during Christian weddings, but the most common vows that most couples strive for are: · Agreement on the permanence of the marriage (“from this day forward”) · Commitment to each other no matter what (“for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part”) · A promise of fidelity (“and forsaking all others”) · An acknowledgement of the Church, God, and the faith community (“In the presence of God and these our friends I take thee”)
The exact vows vary between denominations but the basics are the same. It takes place in front of one or two witnesses, usually two. Each partner vows that there is no legal reason why they can't get married. They promise to forsake all others and remain true to one person. They promise to love and cherish the other person in sicknesss and health, for better or for worse, until separated by death.