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Important parts of every wedding are the vows you exchange. Basically, vows are promises that you make to each other about your life together, and they represent your commitment to one another. They can by funny, emotional, and most of all, meaningful and from the heart.

Many traditional weddings incorporate vows at the outset of the ceremony, and again during the exchange of rings. Most of us are familiar with some of the time-honored standard vows, such as:

  • To have and to hold, for better for worse, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.”
  • “I Danielle. take you Michael, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward…..”
  • “I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.”
  • “Danielle, I give you this ring as a symbol of my love….”

While the above examples are tried and true, you may want to use some of them, adapt them as appropriate, or completely write your own.

A fine way to personalize your wedding is to write your own wedding vows. It is the best way we know to blend your shared histories, stories and personalities into powerful and emotional vows that are right for no one but you. Even if you hate to write, following the 8 steps below make the task manageable.

  • Your vows need to represent who you both are, what’s important to you and how you express it to one another.
  • Writing your vows takes some time. Don’t try to write them 2 days before the wedding. Work on your vows a few months or weeks before the wedding, and begin by writing notes about what is important to you and your spouse-to-be. These notes will serve as inspiration as you begin writing your vows.
  • Borrow from the vows of others, and then make it your own.
  • Talk to family and friends for ideas. Some of your favorite married couples may have ideas about what makes for good vows.
  • Gain further inspiration online. A recent Google search for “wedding vow ideas” turned up 12.4 million links. Visit YouTube and search for “amazing wedding vows” to see some great vows delivered in real time. Lastly, visit Pinterest and search for “Vows that Wow” for more inspiration and ideas.
  • Rehearse to get it right. Reading your vows to yourself just won’t do it. Rehearse together and read your vows aloud to test for the feeling and flow of the wordplay.
  • Don’t go overboard in your vows with promises you cannot possibly keep. For example, if you promise to return every winter to your favorite South Seas destination, you might someday want to break that vow for another locale.
  • It’s okay to share the emotion. Realize that either one of you might cry at this memorable moment. It’s one thing to rehearse together in your apartment beforehand, quite another to deliver those vows for real.

Should you write your own vows? Your wedding is one of the biggest, most memorable days of your life. Why not make it as personal as possible with vows that wow.

Mark L. Hendrickson, Bliss Paper Boutique

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