Traditional vows are beautiful. They manage to sum up exactly what a Marriage entails in a few short words and because of its simplicity, it’s stood the test of time. However, more and more couples are opting to create their own vows for their ceremony; not only does it give you the opportunity to personalise one of the most important parts of your Wedding, but it will also become one of the most memorable parts of your Big Day.
So, if your considering personalising your own vows, here are 10 gorgeous alternatives to the traditional ‘I dos’.
1. To Split the Difference on the Thermostat
This vow is from Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston’s ceremony and even if their Marriage didn’t last, this vow speaks perfectly to the compromise required in a relationship. It’s all about meeting in the middle!
2. To Flirt with You Everyday
No matter how old you get, it’s important to keep the spark alive and unfortunately you’ve got to work on it forever. Whether it’s with words, gestures or touch (which studies have shown will help maintain a sexual connection), promising to make your husband feel wanted and worthy everyday will help keep you both on the right track.
3. To Make Time for You Above All Else
Regardless of work, children and friends, vowing to put your hubby first and prioritise his needs is essential for a long-lasting relationship.
4. To Cherish, Not Own You
Unlike the generations before us, these days Marriage is more about working together and both partners contributing equally. Promising to cherish your partner and vowing to never feel like you ‘own’ them is a powerful statement, for both men and women.
5. I See These Vows as Privileges More than Promises
Yuval and Dina shared their incredible vow with the Knot and we’re obsessed! “I see these vows not as promises but as privileges: I get to laugh with you and cry with you; care for you and share with you. I get to run with you and walk with you; build with you and live with you.”
6. I Promise to Love Who You are and Who you Will Become
Acknowledging that people change and you’ll continue to love and support your partner no matter who they become gives them the confidence to let them be themselves.
7. I Promise to Choose You Every Day
For the rest of my life… Because Marriage is a choice and a commitment that you face every day.
8. Before You Met Me,
I prayed for you to love me and before you asked me, I was already yours and I promise to continue to be devoted to you in every sense of my being.
9. I Promise to Nurture Your Ambitions
… and help you reach your goals. I’ll be the first one to celebrate your triumphs and to lift you up when you fall. I’ll be your safe haven and your
10. I Promise to Communicate
… Completely and fearlessly, with no judgement, but just complete vulnerability.
Images from Danielle and Steve’s Wedding. Photography by Kristen Cook.