Your wedding is going to be one of the best, most memorable days of your life. In order to enjoy their wedding, a lot of people feel the need to plan every detail so that their day is perfect. It’s easy to get caught up on choosing the most ideal location or the most beautiful bouquets, but there is one magical aspect that speaks the most volume at a wedding. A tradition and sentimental part of the wedding that even a future mother in law or wedding planner can’t organize …the vows. Because of this a lot of people are intimidated by writing their vows. Even if you know you have found your soulmate, it is hard for some people to put their relationship into words. 

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In order to get started, make a list of all your thoughts. You may find yourself with too many ideas and not know how to organize them into a proper speech. You may find yourself without words, throwing out every idea you come up with. No matter your head space, starting your brainstorming early will help you focus later on what really needs to be said. Write down every idea you have so you allow yourself plenty of material to keep or leave out when drafting. Be prepared to write up to 3 drafts to get everything right. Before you start writing, get on the same page with your partner about your vows. Do you both want something traditional and religious? How long would you like them to be? Addressing questions like this with one another might make you feel more confident about the process.

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As for the content, that is up to you, but make sure to get personal. Avoid too many inside jokes or generic promises. Really let your partner know you’ll be there through thick and thin. Feel comfortable using anecdotes that you and your partner have actually experienced. If you are worried something is too serious or embarrassing, it might be best to pick another story. You just need to find something that demonstrates your love for one another. No matter the story, getting specific will engage your audience and remind your partner how lucky they are to be marrying you. Don’t include every memory or emotion in your vows, but instead touch on the most important memories to you, keeping it simple yet effective. This is why drafting and brainstorming are crucial; they can help you recall the perfect moment to use to explain why you are marrying your fiancé. Also, look to your favorite books, movies, and songs for guidance. These pieces may perfectly capture the blend of emotions your significant other brings you, and they can enhance your story.

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Practice reading your vows out loud. Remember, this is going to be in front of both your friends and family and it is going to be a very emotionally charged moment. It is important to know where you might tear up or where you’ll need to pause for your guests to laugh. You will have a better sense of how long your vows are, and you may find you want to edit certain parts after hearing them out loud. For the wedding day, print a fresh clean copy and give them to someone you can trust such as a close friend or the wedding officiant. Whatever you put in your vows and however you deliver them, remember that the vows are not the most important part of the wedding; the marriage is. Trust that your spouse will love them because they love you.

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