Did you know that wedding vows are more important to a wedding than the photography, cake and catering combined? The little words that marry you give meaning to everything else that happens during that day, and the promises that you make to each other during the ceremony set the parameters for your marriage.
So how do you find the wedding vows that are right for you? I recommend reading lots of them and seeing what feels right. Some religions will insist that you use canonical wording, but may allow you to also say personal vows. Even if your religion doesn't require it, combining classic and non-traditional wedding vows can be a way of honoring tradition, while personalizing your ceremony.
Writing Your Own
Writing your own wedding vows is a popular trend, but many couples aren't sure how to do so. Although potentially daunting, it's not as hard as it seems. I've written a how-to guide:
Style: Funny or Romantic?
Wedding vows can be short and sweet, or long and personal. Some vows make guests laugh, while most invoke at least a few tears.
Ring Ceremony Wedding Vows
In addition to marriage vows, many couples say special words as they exchange wedding rings. These ring ceremony vows can be heartfelt or silly, poetic or straightforward.
Renewing Your Wedding Vows
Your wedding vows should reflect the fact that you are already married and making a renewed commitment to one another.