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What is The Declaration of Intent? Modern and Traditional Examples

What is The Declaration of Intent?

One of the most important parts of any wedding ceremony is the Declaration of Intent, also known as the "I do" moment. Below you'll find traditional and modern applications, as well as commonly asked questions about the Declaration of Intent.

The Declaration of Intent is a statement made by the couple during the wedding ceremony in which they declare their intention to marry each other. It is typically made after the officiant has given an introduction and before the exchange of rings and vows. The Declaration of Intent establishes the couple's willingness to enter into the union of marriage.

What are Some Common Examples of the Declaration of Intent?

The wording of the Declaration of Intent can vary depending on the couple's preferences and the officiant's style. However, there are some traditional wordings that you've likely seen used (in real life, and in TV/movies). One of the most common is:

"Do you [name], take [name], to be your lawfully wedded [husband/wife/spouse], 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?"

Another common wording is:

"[Name], do you take [name] to be your wedded [husband/wife/spouse]? Do you promise to love, honor, cherish, and protect [him/her], forsaking all others and holding only unto [him/her], until death do you part?"

Are There Modern Examples and Versions of the Declaration of Intent?

Yes - The Declaration of Intent is an opportunity for the couple to personalize their wedding ceremony. You can change the wording to suit your preferences and the style of your ceremony. By signing up at and using our Ceremony Designer tool, you'll have access to many examples, including a funny Declaration of Intent, a community Declaration of Intent, and more.

What is the Significance of the Declaration of Intent?

The Declaration of Intent serves several purposes beyond its historical roots. First and foremost, it's a way for the couple to publicly declare their commitment to each other. This is particularly meaningful if the couple has been together for a long time and has overcome challenges together.

Secondly, the Declaration of Intent is a legal requirement in many states and countries. By making this statement in front of witnesses, the couple is legally establishing their intention to marry each other. This is important because it ensures that the marriage is legally valid and recognized.

Do We Have to Say the Declaration of Intent?

The Declaration of Intent is a standard part of many wedding ceremonies, but it is not mandatory in all states or countries. It's important to check with your officiant and your local government to determine if the Declaration of Intent is required for your marriage to be legally recognized and what must be included.

Can We Write Our own Declaration of Intent?

Yes, you can write your own Declaration of Intent if you prefer. Just be sure to check with your officiant to ensure that your wording meets any legal requirements.

The Declaration of Intent is an important part of any wedding ceremony, serving both a symbolic and a legal purpose. At, we understand the importance of creating a personalized and meaningful ceremony. Our digital tools can help you and your officiant create a wedding ceremony that is customized to your preferences and style. So, whether you choose to use a traditional Declaration of Intent or write your own, let help you make your wedding ceremony one that you and your loved ones will always cherish. Sign up today!

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