More and more couples are choosing to write their own wedding vows. It’s a great way to personalize your wedding ceremony and directly express your love for one another. If you’re planning on writing your own vows, our tips can help make the process much less stressful for you.
Plan ahead: Start jotting down ideas early. Whenever you think of something special you’d like to say to or about your fiance, jot it down. Write love letters to each other, keeping copies of both letters. Getting the bigger ideas of what you want to include will help you when it comes time to write the actual vows.
Talk about them: While you may want to keep your actual vows a surprise, it’s certainly worth discussing the style of vows you want with your fiance. This can keep you on the same page, so that you don’t work on a heartfelt speech only to find that your fiance has written a themed knock knock joke. You should also discuss your vows with your officiant, who can offer expert advice on crafting the perfect vows.
Practice… a lot: When you’ve written a draft of your vows, start practicing. Read them to family members, your officiant, and members of your bridal party. Along with getting their input, you’ll also get more comfortable saying the special words you want to share on your big day. You’re likely to be nervous on your wedding day, so this practice will come in very handy!
Relax: More than anything, it’s important to relax. Know that even if you skip over a sentence, start to cry, or drop your notes, the main thing is that you say what you feel. Saying your vows is a special moment between you and your fiance, and one that you’ll fondly remember.
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