The wedding vow vernacular — those ancient scripts or original words of promise — vary with religion and culture. Standard Anglican oaths, for example, have been stated for hundreds of years. In modern times, more and more couples choose to express their own unique feelings to their future mate. And while some people might want to write a more original vow, not everyone is so confident wearing the shoes of a wordsmith.
Thankfully, Northern New Mexican author Katharine Benelli Coggeshall expands her passion for greeting card writing and poetry through the 2017 release of her book, “The Wedding Vows Chapbook.” Having received 5-star reviews, Coggeshall is grateful to serve a need in the marketplace by putting her talents to use for others who might otherwise be overwhelmed and tongue-tied at having to scribe a perfect pronouncement on such a significant and memorable occasion.
“I realized my ability to express emotions in a heartfelt and captivating way was a rare talent, one that could be packaged and gifted to others to share on their most important day — their wedding,” she states in an email.
The chapbook includes 26 unique sets of vows (both non-denominational and Christian) for future brides and grooms.
“I expected excitation from future grooms over the release of the book, but I was surprised at the number of future brides who were relieved as well,” says Coggeshall.
“The Wedding Vows Chapbook” is available on Amazon.com for download or print. The ebook version can be downloaded free.
Excerpts from Katharine Benelli Coggeshall's "The Wedding Vows Chapbook":
"When I saw you, our eyes met, our souls met, and the universe smiled at what was set in motion. You are my destiny. NAME, I vow to cherish and honor you, to love and respect you, to uplift and support you, for all the days of my life."
"NAME, I promise to love and respect you, to honor your thoughts and words as though they are my own. I promise to treat you as a part of myself, to protect you, to keep you safe, and to value your happiness. From this day forward, we are united as one. I will cherish every moment we are together."
"I, NAME, take you, NAME, to be my wedded wife/husband. With this ring, I hand you my heart and trust in your gentility with it, because long ago I prayed to God for a soul mate. And now, here you stand — my living prayer. You are everything I prayed for, kind, gentle and trustworthy. I promise to love and comfort you for the rest of my life."