Writing Your Wedding Vows
By: Ashley R. Cottrell
Consider your wedding vows; the earnest declarations of commitment recited to your husband-to-be. Heartwarming and romantic, vows not only signify the undying love between two people, but the responsibilities they promise to take on once united in matrimony. Here are some helpful tips to think about when choosing what to say:
1.) Decide with your fiancé if you two prefer personalized vows. This helps with time-management and planning. If personalized, allow yourself a few weeks prior to the wedding day to draft, edit, and prep your vows. These things take time!
2.) Be optimistic to any type of inspiration that flows your way. You may think of incorporating the lines from a favorite movie or novel shared between you and your fiancé. Perhaps a poem that you love or the lyrics from a special song you two share.
3.) Brainstorm how you want to recite your vows: Do you feel they should be short and simple, or long and in depth? Should they be completely serious, or do you feel comfortable adding humor? Would you like the vows to tell a story? And so on.
4.) Practice saying them out loud. Sometimes how we read words silently sound completely different once spoken aloud. Make sure you feel comfortable reciting them.
5.) Last and most importantly, make sure your vows are sincerely how you feel about your husband-to-be, not how others feel. You may laugh and you may cry, but that’s simply because they’re directly from the heart. That is what makes them perfect.