“For Better or For Worse, In Sickness and In Health”

I, (name), take you (name), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part.  We have all heard it, appreciate it and can probably recite it in our sleep; the traditional wedding vows!  It is what we think of when we envision a wedding ceremony but traditional doesn’t have to be boring.  Writing your own vows does not have to be an impossible task. 

Now, I’m a writer and even for me, writing my vows were some of the most difficult words that I have ever released from my head and put on paper.  Have no fear because with the help of the internet and a little personal touches, you can pull off the perfect vows for YOUR wedding day!  Perhaps the most common struggle is wondering how you can possibly put into words how much you love your fiance.  I get it; you don’t want to sound cheesy or shallow or simply like every other ceremony that you have witnessed.

So, where do you begin?  Well, start by looking on the internet for sample wedding vows.  This will give you a good idea of the traditional vows that you can add onto.  It may also trigger an emotion or a memory that you have with your fiance thus prompting you to start your personal vows.  For instance, as I began to right my own wedding vows, I remembered the moment I fell in love with my husband and how I felt.  Then all of my thoughts just started flowing and I realized that he was like home to me which became the focal point in my vows and surprisingly in his.

Try and remember the reasons you fell in love and what qualities about each other make you excited to live with each other every day.  Another source of inspiration is through music!  Musical lyrics are filled with creative versus of love and the real hardships that go along with love.  I promise if you do some of this relationship soul searching, you will write the most beautiful vows that will be perfect for the kind of couple that you are.

Good luck!

Photo Provided by Harwell Photography
Photo Provided by Harwell Photography