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Are you searching for the right words to express your love? Etiquette experts Peggy and Peter Post share their top wedding vow tips in their new book, A Wedding Like No Other, available in stores now. —Kathryn Papanek
Read the excerpt here:
"If you have the option of reciting either traditional vows or vows of your own choosing, decide together whether you'll use the vows offered by your clergyperson, create your own or go with an adaptation of the traditional religious vows. Make sure the words are ones that reflect your personalities.
When composing your own vows, try to keep them 'short and sweet.' Brief and beautiful is far better than long and drawn-out.
When reciting your own vows, prepare thoroughly. Try to complete them well ahead of time, then practice saying them. Also, give a written copy to your clergyperson to have on hand at the ceremony, just in case.
As romantic as it might sound, it's never a good idea to spring any surprises on your mate or the officiant regarding the vows you plan to use. Make sure you run your vows by each other and the person performing the ceremony before the big day."