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Traditional wedding vows are always classic, but there's nothing wrong with mixing it up with words of your own. In fact, many couples choose to pen their own vows to personalize their ceremony! So what's a bride and groom to do if they're facing some good, old fashioned writer's block? We divined some no-fail vow inspiration to get things right back on the romantic track.
Books: Browse through books of quotations and poetry. If you have a favorite line from a movie or song that expresses your feelings, use it as a starting point. Also, browse through some children's books, like Maurice Sendak and Ruth Krauss's I'll Be You and You'll Be Me and I Like You by Sandol Stoddard. Kid's books often have a way of communicating deep, complex emotions in simple sentences, which can provide some inspiration.
Mad libs: Just because you want to recite straight-from-the-heart vows that capture your relationship with your future spouse, doesn't mean you have the time to write an Oscar acceptance-worthy speech. (And when it comes to professing your deep and profound love in front of a pack friends and family, even the coolest cucumbers break a sweat.) To help quell your nerves and save some hard-to-find time, we created three different wedding vows that only require you to fill in the blanks! Each are romantic, thoughtful, and what's best, all of the good parts (like what you love most about each other!) come from you. Click here to download our PDFs.
Movies: Remember the classic "To me, you are perfect" poster board from Love Actually? That's not a bad place to start for your vows! And that's just the beginning — Jerry Maguire's "You had me at hello," Casablanca's "Here's lookin' at you, kid," and so many others are the perfect openers to what can be a movie reference-filled wedding vow.