Express Yourself

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The Create-a-Vow kit offers prewritten vows and materials for designing your own, plus decorative paper; $24.95.

Words for the Wedding, by Wendy Paris (Perigee, 2001) Stuck for a sentiment? This book offers hundreds of poems, quotes, and blessings to choose from.

Anatomy of I Do's

Include a declaration of love and an expression of promises for the future, and a line that says you are taking each other to be a spouse—the latter is what makes it legal. Close with optimism and strength. An example:

Declaration of love: "I love you with a depth I cannot express in words, but one that fills me with peace and happiness.

What makes it legal: "(Groom's name), in the presence of our family and for all the world to see, I choose to be your wife."

Hopes and closing: "May our bond grow stronger from this day forward."

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