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Style Points: 5 Tips for Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 07:24 PM

Traditional wedding vows aren’t for everyone. Those who want something more romantic and heartfelt that shows their personalities and says something to the world about their love can find plenty of examples for inspiration. Couples have been writing their own wedding vows since the mid-19th Century, The New York Times reported.

Here are five tips for writing your own, unique wedding vows.

1. Read Examples
Read what others have said on their special days. Perhaps align your readings with your faith traditions or with spiritual philosophies that are meaningful you. Think of how you might express similar things in your own voice, The Knot recommends.

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2. Discuss Your Plans
Don't forget to discuss the tone of your remarks and also the format of your vows with your fiancee. The Knot suggests talking about whether he or she is comfortable with this choice and whether you keep the words secret until your big day or read them off to one another ahead of time.

3. Use a Template
Review wedding vow templates published by companies like Hallmark, the greeting card company, for example. Hallmark suggests beginning with a declaration of love, followed by your promises to one another.

4. Find a Favorite
The website Offbeat Bride says you can steal the very well-done vows that others have used before you. Those can be on a theme, with sporting references, nautical references, even Zombie vows if you prefer.

5. Look at Cultural References
Choose your words from inspirations in your life. Song lyrics, television scripts and other cultural references that have been meaningful can be sources of inspiration, Brides.com suggested. One bride, Katie A., noted: "At the very end of my vows, I said, 'Where you invest your love, you invest your life,' which is from 'Awake My Soul' by Mumford and Sons. It was very fitting because I have a tattoo on my arm that says 'Awake my soul'!"

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