Wedding Vow Ideas

Wedding vow ideas to inspire unique promises for a commitment including a lifetime of love.

If the typical wedding vows aren't your style, there are several other options to consider when planning your ceremony. With a little effort, you and your fiancé can come up with vows that are as unique as your relationship.

Using Portions of Your Parents' Vows

Are your parents your role models for a long and happy marriage? If so, using portions of their wedding vows on your own wedding day can be a lovely way to pay tribute to the lessons they've taught you.

If this is the approach you select, consider adding a line or two in your program stating the original source of your wedding vows. If desired, you can further honor your parents by presenting them with a rose after you recite your vows.

TV Show or Movie Vows

Do you and your spouse share a favorite TV show or movie? Using vows from a beloved character can be a memorable way to add personality to your wedding.

Here's an example of TV wedding vows from Monica Geller and Chandler Bing on the 1990s hit sitcom Friends.

Monica: Three years ago, at another wedding, I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I’d ever been looking for my whole life. And now — here we are — with our future before us, and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soul mate, my friend. Unless you don’t want to. You go!"

"Chandler: Monica, I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down that aisle, I realized how simple it was. I love you . . . You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with.”

Another example of vows inspired by pop culture would be the infamous Post-it note vows from Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd in Season 5 of the medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

"To love each other, even when we hate each other. No running ever; nobody walks out no matter what happens. Take care when old, senile, smelly."

Famous Quotes

If you already know what you want to say in your wedding vows, but need a little help getting started, opening with a popular quote about love and marriage is a great idea. Please see our Famous Wedding Quotes or Traditional Wedding Quotes articles for suggestions.

Family Vows

If you or your fiancé have children from a previous relationship, you might want to consider including them in the ceremony by taking family vows.

Here's an example of simple wedding vows that include the children and a focus on building a strong blended family.

“Today, as we've been brought together in love, we promise to love our newly created family. We promise to cherish, respect, and support each other, through good times and bad."

Our family ties will not be broken. We will be a foundation of strength to each other now and in the future. We rejoice in the happiness we have found.”

Keeping It Personal

Sometimes, brides are intimidated by the idea of reciting vows in front of a room full of people. If your vows are personal in nature, consider taking a cue from actor Matthew McConaughey. When he wed model Camila Alves in 2012, the couple whispered their vows in each other's ear so not even the guests could hear.

Practice Makes Perfect

Regardless of what wedding vows you select, remember to set aside some time to practice your delivery. Even if you can't manage to memorize your vows, you want to know them well enough that you're able to speak naturally and fully convey your feelings about the day.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team