Penning your own vows is also one of the loveliest ways to personalize your wedding. These six couples pulled it off beautifully—read their sentiments and you'll be inspired to start writing your own.

Classic Readings & Personal Sentiments

Graphic designer Viola Sutanto and branding-and-design-agency owner Phillip Ting read poems to each other before reading their vows during their Napa, Calif., ceremony. The groom chose E.E. Cummings' "I Carry Your Heart With Me," while Viola selected passages from I Like You by Sandol Stoddard, a favorite children's book. The readings were followed by their personal vows:

Phillip to Viola

So what have I to offer you?*
The promise to take you as my
only love from this day forward,
and to embark on a journey full
of adventure and wonder.
   To stand by your side while
you face the world. To listen to
you when you speak.
   To comfort you when you cry.
To join your laughter with my own.
To scratch your back where you
can't reach.
   And to help you raise a kid
(or two). Please take this ring
and be my wife. Let's play.

Viola to Phillip

You have made me feel more
loved than I ever thought possible.
Today, I give you all that I am,
and all that I have.
   Just as I give you my hand to
hold today, I give you my heart,
my faith, my life.
   I choose you today. And I
would choose you again tomorrow.
I would go on choosing you the day
after, and every day for the rest
of our lives. You are my once-in-a-
lifetime. I love you and I too will
always carry you in my heart.

*All vows have been edited for space.

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