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How To Write Your WEDDING VOWS

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Most brides say that writing their vows is the most daunting part of the wedding planning process, however it doesn’t need to be so complex. Follow these easy steps to make your vows personalised and unique.

  1. Firstly you need to decide whether you are going to recite your vows together or separately. If you are going to say them separately you will need a general format and overall tone to follow. Do you want your vows to be humorous and/or romantic? Do you wish to incorporate your religious beliefs and/or cultural traditions? Are there specific words or personal phrases you wish to include?
  2. To keep your vows similar in nature, consider these questions: When was that first moment you knew you had fallen in love? What do you love about your partner and how does he/she make your life better? What qualities can you bring to the relationship?
  3. On average vows are approximately 1 minute long. Remember your audience and don’t go over 2 minutes in length. If you find your vows are becoming too wordy, chop parts out to add to speeches later in the day.
  4. Get approval from your celebrant or officiant: Some religions are quite strict on the ceremony wording.
  5. If you are wanting to recite from memory, practice your vows by saying them out loud again and again. Print them onto a small card in case you need a reminder on the day.
  6. Take a deep breath, relax and write them from the heart…


Traditional vow format:  “I call upon the persons here present to witness that I (name), take you (name), to be my lawful wedded wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part.”


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