Tips for Your Vows and The Different Types
Most people tend to hit a writers block when trying to write their wedding vows, so here are some ideas on what you can include in your speech to the person you will spend the rest of your life with.
Traditional Wedding Vows
Traditionally, most brides and grooms love to be prepared. They want to write down all their thoughts and feelings so they can articulate them to the best of their abilities at the altar.
Most couples describe their journeys of how they got to where they are.
They also tell stories of how they first meet.
Promises of love and dedication.
Plans of what their future holds for them together.
Poem Wedding Vows
Poems are the perfect way to say how you feel at your wedding.
They are romantic, philosophical, and articulate.
The beauty of poems is the structure and meaning in between the lines.
Some of the best poems for wedding vows are:
- “Why Marriage?” by Mari Nichols
- “Love’s Philosophy”: by Percy Bysshe Shelley
- “Sonnet XVII” by Pablo Neruda
Here is one of our favorite short poems that can be beautifully placed within vows:
It is called “To Be One With Each Other”, written by George Eliot
What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen
each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other in the
silent unspoken memories?
Songs as Wedding Vows
Songs are similar to poems, they speak to the heart through the lines spoken. However, with songs, there is also the element of melody. Melody speaks almost a different language, it allows the lyrics to become 3-dimensional.
Song lyrics are so special, some people even have the courage and confidence to actually sing their vows. However, if you aren’t as courageous there are still songs that are perfect with just saying the lyrics.
Here are some great examples you can use (Note: you don’t have to use the whole song, a few key lines are perfect):
- “Just like a Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae
- “You and Me” by Lifehouse
- “Something” by The Beatles
And lastly an example of one of our favorite love songs to add to your vows:
“Take my hand- Take my whole life, too- For I can’t help falling in love with you”
-”Can’t Help Falling” by Elvis Presley
Themes as Wedding Vows
You can use several different themes for your vows (not all of them at the same time of course).
You can use:
Pretty much any theme you can think of you can probably incorporate it into your vows.
Spur of The Moment Wedding Vows
This one has to be one of our favorites.
Spur of the moment vows are some of the most beautiful and raw moments.
Even though it can be a jumbled mess, and not very organized, there is a beauty in seeing you pour your heart out. Telling your about-to-be spouse all things you love about them. It is raw, powerful, moving and romantic.