By Anna Lynn Sibal
Shakespeare may have lived during the purist Elizabethan age, but the Bard sure knew his stuff when it came to love. That is why his fans, even in this modern day and age, do not mind using passages from his plays and his sonnets in their wedding vows.
Below are examples of wedding vows quoting Shakespeare.
Venus and Adonis
As Shakespeare said:
"Love comforteth like sunshine after rain…
Love’s gentle spring doth always fresh remain."
Your love, my darling (spouse's name), has been to me my soul's comfort. It is warm, it is strong, it is refreshing, and it is true. I am grateful for your smile, your tender touch, your very essence, you. And I look forward to every day that I shall spend with you.
I promise you that my love will always remain fresh as a morning in springtime yet never waning. I promise you that I shall hold you, respect you, support you and honor you for as long as I live.
Romeo and Juliet
My darling (husband's name), as Juliet said to Romeo,
"My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have for both are infinite."
I love you so much, and it is you whom I want to spend the rest of my life with. With every beat of my heart and with every breath of my being, I promise to love you for the rest of my life, to care for you and provide you with support for when you need it. I vow to share your laughter and your tears, your hopes and your fears, to hold you and to comfort you, and most of all to stand by you through all the challenges that life will bring us.
"Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom."
(Spouse's name), I love you. I have loved you for a long time now, and with each day that I have spent with you before this moment, I find that my love for you is becoming deeper and stronger. It is with conviction that I say that my love for you shall only continue to grow as the two of us grow old together. Grow old with me, (spouse’s name), and I promise you that my love shall never change, that it will always be as fresh as the spring and as beautiful as your smile.
My beloved (spouse’s name), when I first told you that I love you, you said you did not believe me. I must admit that winning you over and making you believe is the most delightful and fulfilling challenge I have faced in my life.
(Spouse's name), as Shakespeare said:
"Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love."
My love for you will always be true; I promise you that. I am yours forever.