Me and my husband got married recently through a civil ceremony. Or in other words, we got our marriage registered in front of a marriage registrar with only the witnesses and the very important and close family members with us on that day, just how we wanted it to be. The process was a little tedious given that he doesn’t live in India and isn’t an Indian. I will explain you the drama that happened around that sometime later. But there was one very funny part in that whole process which I still cant help but laugh out loud whenever I think of it.
The day of our registration, we were almost done with all the formalities and stuff. We were waiting for the registrar to sign our marriage certificate and that’s that. But then the guy who was getting our signatures suddenly said to us and to the people around us that we need to take our vows. We were all like, what vows? We didn’t know anything about that? (Sidenote: in Hindu culture we have only Saptapadi as part of the wedding rituals) What are even gonna say. Everything was going on so smoothly…Now what!? But then this guy gives us a form and says to my husband… read your vows…He started reading it,obviously not out loud. So this guy says…Sir, you have to read it out loud…that is your vow. We both look at each other and try so hard not to laugh. And he turns to my aunt and says, you can record these if you want. We were like…no, please, don’t record this for god’s sake. Given no choice, we both read our vows out loud…much to the amusement of every one of our family members gathered round. Wanna know what they were. Here are the vows:
1.I am at the present time a divorcee (since we both were).
2.I have completed <xyz> years of age.
3.I am not related to <each other’s name> within the degrees of prohibited relationship.
4.I am aware that, if any statement in this declaration is false, and if in making such statement, I either know or believe it to be false or do not believe it to true.I am liable to imprisonment and also to fine.
For some reason saying these out loud made it more funny than it is supposed to be. We could have just signed it and left it at that. No idea why he wanted us to read it out loud. And no idea why he called them as vows. They are clearly declaration that the bride and groom should sign as part of the process.
Once we were done, my aunt looked and said…is that it? Nothing more? I lost it there. I laughed at that. I bet no one has had to say such vows said during their wedding. Have you said anything funny or unique?