Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward Comments

  • Genuine love

    A couple who demonstrated genuine love and mutual value in a relationship. The marriage vows captive my boyfriend and me.

    Carolynn 2014-09-17

  • Meaningful

    My husband is officiating my niece's wedding. I think this one they will like. I've been married 29 years and it pretty well sums it up.

    Karen 2014-03-22

  • Beautiful wording

    We used these vows, we could not have said it any better. It is framed so we can see it everyday. I still cry when I read them.

    Deb 2013-12-03

  • Such profound and beautiful words.

    I married the love of my life last December, at the age of 56. I used Paul and Joanne's words in our ceremony because after many hours of searching, they entered my soul, describing how I wanted our marriage to be. Thank you for posting them, and giving me the chance to say so eloquently what a miracle marriage
    can be.xx

    Heather 2013-10-20

  • WOW

    Quite possibly the most beautiful vows I have ever read and these were used over 50 years ago and they still ring true today.
    Just amazing and made me want to cry just reading it.
    Thankyou for sharing this with the world. More people need to read this and more marriages need to be based on it.

    Craig Lester 2012-12-20

  • well said

    going to use these words for our wedding... plus some bible verses..

    Sue 2012-10-01

  • Wow

    Getting married this Sunday, have been looking for a way to say exactly what is in my heart and this is more perfect than I could ever think up on my own,and yet, it's like I wrote this myself.. Hope everyone enjoys it because I am going to read it Sunday :)

    Liz 2012-09-14

  • Beautiful

    I used your vows at my wedding 10/2004, hoping we would have a long lasting marriage too! HE forgot these beautiful vows and divorced me a few months ago. BUT, I got 2 beautiful daughter from our marriage. The vows are lovely and meaningful. I hope now my children will want to recite them at their weddings. TRUE love does exists, Paul &Joanne represent tht love !

    Lacrechia 2012-09-06

  • Check your source

    First of all, I love both Paul & Joanne as actors and humanitarians, but they did not have this read at their wedding. I have many couples use this in their weddings. The Art of Marriage comes from a West Michigan writer and first appeared in print in a book (the condensed version, not this), in 1961. Paul and Joanne were already married in 1958.

    Rev. Carleen Burns 2012-08-11

  • True Author

    Thank Wilferd Arlan Peterson, they are his words of wisdom.

    Lulu 2012-07-03

  • This is why they are still married

    For a couple who knew what they were gettng into when they were first married and have held to their vows to this day. This couple has been married for over 55 years!!

    Allyson Hart 2012-06-10

  • WOW

    Well, no wonder you have bee married over 50 years~These vows are absolutely beautiful. I shall steal

    Cindi 2012-04-13

  • What Wedding Vows Ought to BE

    This is what I believe that wedding vows ought to be. I am so thankful for people like Paul and Joanne who are willing to share their hearts for each other in vows. This really says what true love is. Thank you for sharing.

    Faith 2012-03-26



    TRISH 2012-02-15

  • Beautiful Vows Thank you ...

    Thay are beautiful and so true. Many thanks for sharing them.

    Sally Benson Raad 2012-01-23

  • these are not vows

    the art og=f marriage is apoem by wilfred a peterson

    michele 2011-08-07

  • My beautiful girl

    The love of my life and I are going to use these when we get married. 8-10-11 I love you baby girl

    Corey 2011-08-05

  • We used these

    My husband and I used these vows when we married in 2009.

    Deborah Barletta 2011-01-19

  • 35th Anniversary

    We are approaching our 35th anniversary & plan to acknowledge Paul & JoAnne's summary of how to create a marriage by reading the prelude to their vows. They covered all that is essential & then some in a beautiful way. I love the line about 'sense of humor'.
    That has worked for us & must have really worked for them because I read a quote from her much later that went like this:"Sexiness wears thin after awhile & beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh everyday, ah, now that's a real treat." How very true.

    Donna Taylor 2010-11-21

  • Beautiful Vows

    I am getting married Oct.16th 2010 and found these words to be so meaningful and beautiful. This is my 2nd marriage and plan to have these vows framed to be a beautiful daily reminder of my love and committment to my husband. Thank you for sharing.

    Pam Turley 2010-09-23

  • Perfect

    I have been searching for the perfect vows until I read Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward's vows, they are perfect for us. Thank you for sharing them on this website.

    Sonnie 2010-07-17

  • Walk the Talk

    We are getting married later this month and are using this excerpt from the Newman's ceremony before we recite our vows.
    These words are a true testiment to how we want our marriage to be.

    Daria 2010-05-04

  • Thank for the loan

    We used these wonderful vows. Thanks to them and to you,

    Rob Knox 2010-03-12

  • 50th Anniversary

    We recently celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. At our anniversary party our son who is a judge did the renewal of our vows and he used the Newman/Woodward vows. All in attendance were touched by the words as a true reflection of marriage.

    Pat Page 2009-12-16

  • oh my gosh

    these are beautiful! I never thought a bunch of words could move me so much!

    jessica 2009-10-19

  • Words to live our daily life together.

    Dear Mrs. Newman,
    These vows are so beautiful and are timeless, from 1958 to 2009. I plan to live by these words in your vows each day of my married life with my partner, Bill.
    Thank you again for sharing with the world the precious vows you and Paul shared together.

    God's blessing be with you,

    Susan Mason
    The future Mrs. William L. French Jr.

    Susan Mason 2009-06-20

  • traditional vows

    wow I got married on 29 of january also and tend to love the traditional vows because 27 years later I can still remember the vows, non traditional ones are soon forgotten Hmmm..... I like the prelude to the vows that were read at pauls and joannes wedding I will email to my hubby!

    kimberly 2009-06-07


    I wiil most certenly use these vows, there beautiful and have a lot of meaning to them.

    joan 2009-01-15

  • beautiful

    amazing one of the best i've ever read

    stacy 2008-11-23

  • Vow Renewal

    This was the perfect piece to read to my husband of 15 years at the top of the Tiger's Nest monastary in Bhutan on our 15th wedding anniversary. As true today as it was 50 years ago for Paul and Joanne.

    Shannon Crowards 2008-11-15

  • Vows kept

    Paul kept his vows to Joanne right to the end. God Bless him and may he rest in peace. May Joanne find comfort in the love that Paul gave her throughout his life. They were a great couple and an example of how marriage really should be.

    Carol 2008-09-27

  • Nice

    It matters to me that these two are still married 50 years later.

    Schia 2008-09-18

  • Impressive ...

    And they obviously do this, as their's is one of the few celebrity marriges that has held together after more than 60 years. Words to live by for sure.

    Andrew 2008-08-14

  • Amazing

    I will use this when i get married to my amazing fiance

    Melle 2008-08-14

  • So thoughtful

    This is beautiful, so truthfull and from the heart.
    Thank You

    Diane 2008-07-16

  • Perfect Vows

    i was curious to know about marriage vows and i love this one of Paul Newman and Jonanne Woodwad. No wonder they lasted 50 years

    Meghan 2008-06-20

  • Simply Beautiful

    Simplistic, but beautiful. I am going to give this to my daughter and future son-in-law.

    Leasa Hart 2008-06-14

  • Very Touching

    Very touching! I think that this is the one. They certainly worked for Paul and JoAnne...married forever!!

    Kristen 2008-06-10

  • Inspired

    Knowing that the Newman's have been married for 50 years only makes their vows more beautiful and meaningful. They captured what it takes to live a life time together,growing in love and respect.

    Sherry 2008-02-24

  • Vows used

    We plan on using their vows.They have deep meaning to us.After 50 yrs they are still together and that means alot to us!!!
    By the way,the good rev Terri should take a short walk off an even shorter pier.But what can you get from California other than?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TDAD 2007-11-17

  • Meaningful

    These are ruly meaningful because they are living what they vowed almost 50 years ago. Beautiful, and inspirational.

    Diana 2007-08-08

  • Thank You

    My husband and I used parts of this for our ceremony. There wasn't a dry eye in the place.

    Frannie 2007-07-12

  • Beautiful

    Just beautiful!

    Lyla 2007-04-16

  • Vows

    I used these vows at my wedding... beautiful and touching. We only hope to have the longevity in our marriage as they have.

    Sara Trowbridge 2006-11-08

  • Beautiful

    My husband and I used these vows when we got married,and they fit perfectly everything that you want to say to each other and what marriage means to you when you can't seem to find the right words. Thanks so much for posting these vows!

    Diana Herbst 2006-08-29

  • This is a wedding sermon not vows

    These aren't wedding vows. These words are a sermon
    on marriage. Wedding vows are what the couple pledge to one another with regard to the qualities of spirit, heart, mind and action that they will bring to
    their marriage to breath life and passion and contentment into it for all the days of their lives.

    Rev. Terri of Santa Barbara by the Sea Weddings

    Rev Terri Cooper MA MFT 2005-08-22

  • beautyful

    Those vows entail everything one needs to consider when getting married,and live by it to have a successful marriage.

    Bea 2005-08-20

  • Great Vows

    Nothing schmaltzy or over the top. Perfect vows. Using them exactly as they appear. Thanks Paul & Joanne!!

    Karen 2005-07-10

  • Very Romantic

    I cried reading these vows. That is truly what marrage is all about.

    Lynn 2005-05-18

  • Perfect

    Thank you so much for sharing these!! I've never read vows so touching - I almost cried just reading them. Thank you Paul & Joanne!

    Brenda 2005-03-14

  • Wedding date

    All these years, I heard Paul and Joanne were married on Jan 11, 1958- the same day and year as my husband and I. Was I misinformed?

    Suzanne Shaffer 2005-03-11

  • warming vows

    Thank you for sharing thses vows. To me these are the vows that truly tell what marrige is all about. I am borrowing part of it for my own wedding in June. thanks again

    Beth 2005-03-04

  • Beautiful Vows

    Thanks for sharing these vows.. I am getting married March 5 05. I before I read this i had no clue on what to say in my vows.

    Jenny 2005-02-02

  • Thank You

    Thank you for these beautiful vows. They warm my heart and give me a pleage to live by each and every day.

    Tracey Jones 2005-01-30

  • Most beautiful vows

    Thank you for putting your vows online. I've never seen more beautiful words or experienced such beautiful meaning.

    Jaime Soloman 2005-01-26

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