Things to Consider When Writing Your Wedding Vows

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Things to Consider When Writing Your Wedding Vows

  1. 1. THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WRITING YOUR WEDDING VOWS
  2. 2. Nowadays it's far more common for couples to write the words for their wedding vows. After all, you've gone to considerable lengths to personalise your wedding so that it stands out from the crowd, so why cut corners when it comes to the vows. Besides, exchanging vows that the two of you have written for each other will be far more meaningful and will make your wedding day feel even more special.
  3. 3. Your wedding vows need not be too complicated nor do you both have to say the same things. You can ask the celebrant to read them out and for you to repeat after, or you can memorise them and say them out loud; alternatively you can read them from a card. Just go with what feels most comfortable for you.
  4. 4. Here's a few pointers to get you started: Pen your vows as early as you can In the months leading up to your wedding, there will be so much going on, that you may find it hard to sit down and put your thoughts to paper. Instead, start writing your vows as soon as you can so as to avoid rushing the job at the last minute.
  5. 5. Where to start A good place is to start by looking at traditional vows for your religion, and even for others. Look at several to see if any words or phrases strike a chord with you. You might like to include some of the elements into your own vows.
  6. 6. Set the tone Before writing anything down consider whether you want to write something poetic, something romantic, or even something a little humorous. If you're taking the humour route, just remember that your vows are to be taken seriously, so choose your words carefully.
  7. 7. Spend time together to discuss your vows Sit down together, perhaps over dinner, to chat about your reasons for getting married, the strengths of your relationship and what makes you both tick. What are you expecting your marriage to achieve, and what is your perception of a happy marriage. Hopefully airing all of these points will get your creative juices flowing.
  8. 8. Writing on the same level Discuss whether to write your vows together or apart and whether or not you'll show them to each other. Also you should decide whether to stay traditional or contemporary and to keep your vows to roughly the same length.
  9. 9. Keep it short Keep your vows short and don't waffle. Get to the point quickly, which is why you're marrying your partner, and leave other things you want to say for the reception. Limit it to about a minute in length and you'll be surprised at just how much you can say in that time.
  10. 10. Practice makes perfect Practice saying your vows out loud until you feel comfortable with saying them. Make sure there's no tricky sentences which you can trip over, especially when you're nervous. Visit our website for more destination wedding tips.

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