10 Quotes to Create Unique and Beautiful Wedding Vows

10 Wedding Vows That Will Move Your Beloved to Tears

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Bride and Groom exchanging vows. Credit: Frank Rosenstein/Getty Images

Marriage Vows: Are They Ceremonial or Do They Have a Greater Significance?

The ceremony of marriage is purely that: a ceremony, if you look at it from a logical standpoint. However, if you were to consider the two people who are emotionally invested in each other, the marriage vow is a verbal promise to uphold all that is considered sacrosanct in a marital relationship. The exchange of vows, though just a bunch of words, has a greater significance when the bride and the groom say the words with full intent and in good faith.

Are Traditional Vows Better or Self-Created Vows?

Traditional vows are all encompassing. A typical traditional vow as per Catholic marriage customs would be: ""I, (your name), take you, (name of spouse), 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."

However, there is an increasing trend among people who prefer to make their own vows instead of sticking to the traditional vow. When you write your own vow, you have the creative liberty to include some of your personal details, a dash of humour, a touching anecdote, or a special promise that makes you own the vow. But writing your own vow is no cakewalk. Many brides and grooms find it difficult to pen a few lines that would bind them for eternity.

If you are writing your own vows, here are a few things to keep in mind to make your marriage vows beautiful:

1. Keep it Simple and Beautiful

Flowery words will have no meaning if you don't mean what you say. When you keep it simple, you allow your partner to assimilate the depth of your words.

2. Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say

I think it goes without saying that your marriage vows are a declaration of your love and commitment.

If you are honest and sincere in your vows, you will find your married life easy to deal with.

3. Focus on the Details Rather Than a Larger Picture

Make sure to include specific details that make it unique to your marriage. While it is not a good idea to make a long verbose speech (remember, it is not an award acceptance ceremony), let your marriage vows reflect your personal beliefs, your dreams, and those of your spouse.

4. Add Humour if You Must, But Don't Make it a Stand Up Comedy

Humour should just be a mild seasoning to pepper your vow. Let it not override the intensity or seriousness of your solemn vow. The focus of your vow should be your love and your sincere commitment.

5. Your Marriage Vows Are Not Meant to Be a Public Spectacle

Though you will be saying your vows in the presence of your near and dear ones, you don't have to write your vows to please the audience. It is your marriage, and only you should decide what goes into your vows. Don't attempt to make it entertaining or interesting for your audience. They are simply here to witness and bless your marriage. Keep your vows genuine, straightforward, and personal.  

If you find yourself struggling for the right words, you can use some of these quotes to help you create a great wedding vow.

These quotes will add a touch of colour to your vows.

William Butler Yeats, He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Robert Browning
Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.

Roy Croft
I love you, not for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.

Amy Tan
I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever.

Bayard Taylor
I love thee, I love but thee
With a love that shall not die
Till the sun grows cold
And the stars grow old...

Don Byas
You call it madness, but I call it love.

Herman Hesse
If I know what love is, it is because of you.

Jean Baptiste Henry Lacordaire
We are the leaves of one branch, the drops of one sea, the flowers of one garden.

Song of Solomon
This is my beloved and this is my friend.

Ralph Block
You're nothing short of my everything.