Writing the perfect wedding vows could be one of the most difficult tasks faced by brides and grooms. Your heart might feel like it's going to burst when you see one another, but actually trying to describe that sensation in words could leave you with a blank notepad and a knot in your stomach. But don't worry; if your vows are feeling a little bland, try spicing them up with some culturally inspired flavor. You might want to consider swapping traditional Indian wedding vows with your spouse-to-be.
Indian wedding vows consist of two parts: the first part is promising to take, together with your mate, the "Seven Steps" of healthy living, spirituality, wealth, trust, fertility, longevity, and lifelong love.
Here is one modern Indian wedding interpretation:
"Let us take the first steps to provide for our household a nourishing and pure diet, avoiding those foods injurious to healthy living. Let us take the second step to develop physical, mental and spiritual powers. Let us take the third step, to increase our wealth by righteous means and proper use. Let us take the fourth step to acquire knowledge, happiness and harmony by mutual love and trust. Let us take the fifth step, so that we be blessed with strong, virtuous and heroic children. Let us take the sixth step, for self-restraint and longevity. Finally, let us take the seventh step and be true companions and remain lifelong partners by this wedlock."
Indian wedding vows traditionally include these words as part of the Hindu ritual of Seven Steps:
"We have taken the Seven Steps. You have become mine forever. Yes, we have become partners. I have become yours. Hereafter, I cannot live without you. Do not live without me. Let us share the joys. We are word and meaning, united. You are thought and I am sound. May the night be honey-sweet for us; may the morning be honey-sweet for us; may the earth be honey-sweet for us and the heavens be honey-sweet for us. May the plants be honey-sweet for us; may the sun be all honey for us; may the cows yield us honey-sweet milk. As the heavens are stable, as the earth is stable, as the mountains are stable, as the whole universe is stable, so may our unions be permanently settled."
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