Famous Wedding Vows

Find the famous wedding vows which give a voice to your unique love story.

Many couples fall in love with the idea of writing their own wedding vows, but when faced with an empty page and a full heart, the words sometimes won't come. While this is a problem faced by professional writers and poets as well as engaged couples, many turn to the words of the famous for inspiration. Celebrities and the rest of us all want a chance to convey our love with special words on the big day. Read on for links and suggestions to help you find the perfect famous wedding vows for your special ceremony.

Contemporary Famous Wedding Vows

Rent your favorite romantic movies and copy down the dialogue which translates what is in your heart. Change the words to make them your own or use the metaphor as the corner stone for your own verbiage. It may sound silly, but soap operas are the kings of emotional dialogue and there is a wedding a week on these shows. These elaborate "weddings" often use famous quotes throughout the scene to add drama and emotion. Jot down the names of the quoted poems or authors and look up the entire piece on the internet or in the local library.

Historical Famous Wedding Vows

History provides the test of time to famous wedding vows. Writers from the past had a manner of speaking which elevated the simple theme of love to the heavens while distilling it down to its bare essence at the same time. No one spoke of love more eloquently or more profusely than Shakespeare. His sonnets are widely available through bookstores and libraries and Romeo and Juliet is filled with famous wedding speeches. Here are two of his most popular sonnets to give you an idea of his talent and tone.

Sonnet 47
Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took,
And each doth good turns now unto the other:
When that mine eye is famish'd for a look,
Or heart in love with sighs himself doth smother,
With my love's picture then my eye doth feast,
And to the painted banquet bids my heart;
Another time mine eye is my heart's guest,
And in his thoughts of love doth share a part.
So either by thy picture or my love,
Thyself away are present still with me,
For thou [not] farther than my thoughts canst move,
And I am still with them, and they with thee;
Or if they sleep, thy picture in my sight
Awakes my heart to heart's and eye's delight.

Sonnet 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments; love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his highth be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come,
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

But Shakespeare isn't the only one to write on the powerful nature of love. Elizabeth Bradstreet, writing in the 17th century, gave voice to the hearts of women everywhere with her famous poem.

"To My Dear and Loving Husband"

If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee.
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense
Thy love is such I can no way repay.
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persever
That when we live no more, we may live ever.

Find Inspiration to Get You Started

If you find the language of these famous poets too stilted or antiquated for your liking, try translating them into your own words using references from your unique love story. Forget about the perfect rhymes and focus on the idea behind the structure. Quote a single couplet or phrase to give your words a famous starting point.

Visit your local library for volumes of love poetry, famous speeches and romance novels. Ask your friends which movies brought tears to their eyes with moving wedding scripts. Talk to your grandparents and parents for suggestions from old movies which your generation may never have seen. Songs are often poems with music, so plug in to the old crooners like Dean Martin and Bing Crosby and listen for famous phrases to use as vows.

Speak From the Heart

The reason wedding vows and love poems become famous is because they speak so clearly to what is in a couple's hearts. These famous words transcend the generations and target the most basic elements of love and devotion. Different styles, language and formats resonate with different couples and the trick is to find the famous wedding vows which match your spirit and soul. Whether you quote verbatim from a famous wedding or use another's words as a springboard for your own creation doesn't really matter. Your vows will be forever famous for you and your spouse, the two people who matter most on this important day.

Written by: Caroline Retzer