Inside Out 317: What Happened to Wedding Vows?

06.11.14 | Martha Manikas-Foster

It’s not new for brides and grooms to write their own wedding vows. Chances are, though, if you’ve attended a wedding in the past five years, you’ve heard a little more levity in those customized vows, including promises to deliver coffee every morning or scrape ice off the car on stormy winter days.

“It’s cute--a little bit of an inside joke,” says Catherine Parks. Parks, along with her mother Linda Strode, has written the new book A Christ Centered Wedding. She recently penned the blog post titled, "What Happened to Wedding Vows?”

While today’s customized vows can help a couple distinguish their wedding from other weddings, these vows can give Parks pause. That’s because vows help define a marriage.

“It's really symptomatic of a bigger issue, with marriage itself,” she says. “I think we are trying to redefine what marriage is and that's coming across in our wedding vows, and so you hear things like I vow to always peel your clementines.”

You can listen to my full conversation with Catherine—it’s 12 minutes long—by clicking on the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD icon above.

Read her Christianity Today her.meneutics blog post, "What Happened to Wedding Vows?”

Learn about the book she has written with her mother Linda Strode: A Christ Centered Wedding: Rejoicing in the Gospel on Your Big Day.


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