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Best Wedding Vows - Tips to get you started!

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

Yamba Wedding Celebrant Jenny Tesar
Stephanie Flay Photography

As a marriage celebrant who has had the honour of witnessing countless couples exchange their heartfelt vows, I couldn't agree more with the sentiment that sharing personal vows is one of the most important parts of a wedding ceremony. Wedding vows can be funny, heartfelt, and even a little bit quirky, but when spoken from the heart with truth, they have the power to move everyone in the room. In this article, I'll share some tips, exercises, and personal anecdotes to help you create the best wedding vows that are uniquely yours, incorporating your thoughts and feelings. Let's make your wedding vows a true reflection of your love!

1. Reflect on Your Love Story:

Take a moment to reflect on your unique love story. Think about the moments that brought you together, the challenges you've overcome, and the laughter you've shared. These personal experiences are the building blocks of your vows. Incorporate them into your writing to create a heartfelt and authentic expression of your love.

2. Embrace Your Authentic Voice:

When it comes to writing your vows, authenticity is everything. Don't worry about sounding poetic or using fancy words. Instead, focus on speaking from the heart in your own voice. Let your words flow naturally, just as you would in a conversation with your partner. This will make your vows genuine and deeply meaningful.

3. Use Prompts and Exercises:

If you're feeling stuck, prompts and exercises can be incredibly helpful in kickstarting your creativity. Here's an idea that aligns with your thoughts:

- Recall a funny or heartwarming moment you've shared with your partner and describe it in detail. How did it make you feel? How did it strengthen your bond?

This exercise will not only add a touch of warmth, or sentimentality to your vows but also create a connection with your partner and the audience.

4. Keep It Balanced:

Striking a balance between heartfelt emotions and lighthearted moments is key. Your vows should reflect the depth of your love, but don't be afraid to infuse them with humour and inside jokes that are unique to your relationship. Laughter has a way of bringing people together and creating a relaxed atmosphere during the ceremony.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice:

Once you've written your vows, practice is essential. Read them out loud to yourself or in front of a mirror. Pay attention to the flow, pacing, and emotions behind your words. Practice will help you feel more confident and ensure that your vows are delivered with sincerity and impact on your big day.

6. Seek Inspiration:

If you're in need of inspiration, turn to poems, songs, or movies that resonate with your love story. Quotes and lyrics can serve as starting points and help you find the perfect words to express your feelings. Remember to personalise them and make them your own, infusing them with your unique experiences and emotions.

Yamba Wedding Celebrant Jenny Tesar
Stephanie Flay Photography

Remember writing your best wedding vows is an opportunity to share your love and commitment with your partner and loved ones. By reflecting on your journey, embracing your authentic voice, and using prompts and exercises, you can create vows that are heartfelt, romantic, hilarious, or however you envisioned. Remember to strike a balance between emotions, tears and laughter, and don't forget to practice! With your thoughts and feelings incorporated, your wedding vows will be a powerful testament to your love, leaving a lasting impression on everyone present. Happy writing, and may your vows be a true reflection of your beautiful journey together!

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