Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows
By Jan Littlejohn
– Start with a nice clean piece of paper .
– Write down the first 10 things that come to mind in response to this sentence: “I love (my partner’s name) because …” Set this piece of paper aside.
– Now – how about YOU?
– What do YOU bring to this union? What promises will you make?
– Write down 4-5 things you want to promise this very special person with whom you want to spend your life
– Do you promise to be there in bad times as well as good?Ã‚Â·
– Do you promise to be faithful with your body as well as with your mind and heart?Ã‚Â·
– Do you promise to support your partner even when he/she isn’t perfect?
– Do you promise to share all your resources? Some?
– What about if he/she gets sick?
– What about if you have a serious fight?
– You get the idea . . . what are you promising in this union?
– Think about your relationship.Ã‚Â· what words will you use? Husband? Wife? Spouse? Partner for Life?.
– If you’re each creating your own unique vow, insert a sentence symbolizing the fact that you come together as unique individuals, without surrendering your individuality, :
– John, I accept you as my husband.
– I embrace you, Susan, as my partner for life.
Whatever works for you, a wedding vow should contain a phrase that indicates your commitment.
Read your vow out loud to a trusted someone other than your partner. Does it sound like you?
You have created one of the greatest gifts you will ever make.
Jan Littlejohn is a one of Australia’s most respected Civil Celebrants for all occasions. Jan will share with you her expertise, knowledge, tips and resources that have been published around the world – visit www.ceremonieswithstyle.com.au