Top Romantic Wedding Vows
Getting married is a huge milestone in anyone’s life, but it is a particularly important day for ladies! There are so many things you need to figure out: your dress, your hair, your makeup, your bridesmaid’s dresses, the food, the theme…the list goes on and on. While preparing all of these types of details is important (and time consuming!) one of the most memorable parts of the ceremony will be your wedding vows! Your wedding vows are the one thing you can’t outsource to another person or company. You can certainly ask your friends and family for a little bit of help, but ultimately this part comes straight from YOUR heart! There are a lot of different styles when it comes to wedding vows. Maybe you want something short and deeply meaningful, something funny and lighthearted, or something in between! We have developed this list of our favorite vows from a few popular categories to help inspire you to find the perfect words for your big day!
1Short and Romantic
“I promise to love you without reservation, comfort you in times of distress, encourage you to achieve all of your goals, laugh with you and cry with you, grow with you in mind in spirit, always be open and honest with you, and cherish you for as long as we both shall live.”
Why we love this vow: This vow is seriously romantic without using excess words or over the top cheesy imagery. This vow focuses on the fact that marriage is about committing to love one another forever and that your love is rooted in an understanding that forever is never exactly the same or as simple as right now. Knowing that your future spouse is ready and willing to grow and adapt to changing circumstances with you is extremely romantic and comforting. One of the reasons why some marriages fail is because the two partners fell in love quickly and got married without getting to know each other well enough to understand or be prepared for how their personalities and relationship needs would change in different circumstances. This vow is awesome because it shows that marriage is a multifaceted and challenging ride, but that it is totally worth it!
Vow Source: weddingvowshare.com
2Clever and Lighthearted
“I John, take you Mary, to be my lawfully wedded wife.
To be together in happiness and strife,
To have and to hold,
Even if your cooking grows mold.
I love you in richness and in debt,
And cherish all moments since we have met.
I promise to love you until the end of my days,
As long as you stay out of my baseball plays.
I pledge to be faithful
Even when we’re old and dull.”
Why we love this vow: This vow is really sweet and romantic, but is lighthearted and has a clever rhyming scheme. Although this particular vow is intended for a man to say to a woman, this style of vow is popular for both women and men alike. Depending on your personalities, exchanging funny wedding vows may feel more comfortable and appropriate than saying something mushy. However, as this vow shows, a funny wedding vow should still be romantic and meaningful even if it is humorous!
Vow Source: weddings.lovetoknow.com
3Traditional Wedding Vow
” “I, ___, take you, ___, for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part.”
Why we love this vow: If you are looking for a simple traditional vow, this is a classic option. Though this vow is originally a Catholic wedding vow, these words do not make specific religious references so they are versatile and appropriate even if you are not Catholic. This is so popular because it is simple and says everything that needs to be said. Nothing more, nothing less.
Vow Source: theknot.com
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” -Harry (Billy Crystal), When Harry Met Sally
Why we love this vow: This is one of the most famous quotes about love and marriage that was ever said in a movie. Referencing a movie quote is a great choice for a wedding vow for a lot of people. For example, if you and your future spouse love a particular movie, using an important quote from that movie can be very meaningful and personal. Depending on your preferences, you may wish to keep the wedding vow simple and just say the quote, or you may wish to say a few more words and incorporate the quote into the additional text.
Vow Source: Sheknows.com
Although most couples prefer to prepare their vows ahead of time, there is a growing trend for couples that want to wing it at the altar! Some people are good at public speaking and other people freeze up. If you are the type of person to freeze up, improvisation may not be your best bet. However, if you don’t get stage fright too badly, creating your vows on the spot can be an amazing way to express your love in a truly organic and memorable way. The benefit of this method is that it forces you to truly immerse yourself in the moment. It doesn’t really matter what you say, as long as what you say comes from the heart. And what better time to truly realize what marriage and your partner means to you than during the exact moment that you become a married woman!
Weddings are so exciting, but you are not alone if you feel nervous or stressed about coming up with ideas for your wedding vows. Wedding vows are definitely important, but remember: if he loves you enough to take the plunge and get married, no amount of stuttering or fumbling with your words will make him stop loving you!