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Secrets to Writing Wedding Vows that Will Make Everyone Cry (Happy Tears)

Public speaking isn’t everyone’s forte and standing in front of your soulmate and whispering heartfelt promises for a lifetime together? Now that’s nerve-wracking. And yet, despite this anxious feeling, wedding vows remain a cherished ritual of every wedding ceremony. These declarations of love, respect, and never-ending support are far more than just a short-lived moment of nervousness.

Wedding vows have their roots back in the ancient civilizations. Back then, vows weren’t just spoken words, but symbolic acts that solidified a couple’s commitment to each other and building a life together. Fast forward to today, wedding vows still hold immense significance in different cultures.

So, if your wedding day is around the corner and you are wondering how you can make that moment special, then you’ve come to the perfect place. This guide will take you through the fascinating meaning of wedding vows across different cultures and equip you with tips that can help you write your wedding vows that reflect your unique love story.

A Look at Traditional Wedding Vows Across Cultures

Ever wondered how “I do” is said differently around the world? In this segment, we will explore the unique ways different cultures express their love through traditional wedding vows.

1.   Christian Wedding Vows

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Christian wedding vows are not mentioned in the Bible, but they are founded on biblical ideas. These vows are as relevant today as they were 500 years ago and are probably the best way of expressing trust and commitment to each other.

The most beautifully written vow that is recited in Christian weddings is “ I___take you___, to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us apart.

Before the vows, the couple is asked to make “declarations”, which are legally binding and cannot be changed whatsoever.

2.   Hindu Wedding Vows

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Hindu weddings contain seven vows which couples take before “agni” and it is considered to be sacred and unbreakable in Hindu books of laws and customs. These vows are recited in Sanskrit. A Hindu wedding is incomplete without the “saptapadi” (Seven steps) vows. The soon-to-be wife and husband recite these seven vows while taking seven pheras (Rounds) around the holy fire. Each step symbolizes a different aspect of their commitment and journey together.

The Hindu wedding vows are inspired by the ancient Vedic scriptures and rituals. The vows involve promises to uphold dharma (Duty), artha (prosperity), karma (desire), and moksha (liberation) within the marriage.

3.   Irish Wedding Vows

Irish vows tend to be more poetic and have more touch of symbolism as compared to some other cultures. Their vows may include references to Gaelic blessings, promises of loyalty or support, standing by each other through good and bad times, and remaining faithful and committed for life. There may also be references to Irish cultural symbols or traditions, such as the Claddagh ring or Irish handfasting, a symbolic tying of the hands, which can be incorporated into the wedding apart from vows.

Here’s an example of an Irish wedding vow:

By the power that Christ brought from heaven, mayst thou love me.
As the sun follows its course, mayst thou follow me.
As a light to the eye,
as bread to the hungry,
as joy to the heart,
may thy presence be with me,
oh, one that I love,
’til death comes to part us asunder.

These lines depict love, devotion, and lifelong companionship.

4.    Jewish Wedding Vows

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In traditional Jewish weddings, the vows are recited under a canopy aka chuppah. These vows mainly revolve around the concepts of respect, partnership, and building a happy Jewish home together. The groom provides a ring to the bride under a chuppah and recites a Hebrew blessing that goes like “ Haray at mekudeshet lee beh-taba’at zo keh-dat Moshe veh-Yisrael. This vow translates to “be consecrated unto me with this ring according to the laws of Moses and Israel.

7 fail-proof tips for writing and delivering your wedding vows

Secrets to Writing Vows that will Make Everyone Cry

Standing here today, ready to commit your life to your partner, you might be wondering how to express the depth of your love and go an extra inch to make your partner feel special. Writing your vows is the best way to personalize the wedding ceremony and share your emotions. So, let’s dive into the tips for writing your wedding vows and making your big day memorable for you and your partner.

1.    Start the preparations weeks prior

Don’t wait until the last minute to draft your wedding vows. It will not just make you anxious but will also ruin your special day. By giving yourself time to prepare a script and practice it, you will be able to calm your nerves and focus more on expressing your genuine emotions.

2.   Create a list of your thoughts

Take a moment to reflect on those specific moments, big or small, to present your journey as a couple. Admire your partner by mentioning the qualities that fascinate you like their kindness, humor, or never-ending support. You can take inspiration from quotes, poems, or some sample vows online, but make sure to personalize them to keep the authenticity alive.

3.   Don’t overstuff the vows with details

We agree that while talking about your partner there might come a time when you will just let your thoughts flow. But it is a bad idea to include it all, your wedding vows don’t have to be a novel. Long details will take away the attention of your partner as well as the guests. So, prioritize the core emotions and memories that you want to convey. It can be your first date, or it can be a memory of a proposal.

4.   Utilize a basic structure

While the traditional wedding vows follow a streamlined structure, you don’t have to dwell upon it much. You can start by saying a few lines about the excitement of getting married to the love of your life. Then you can talk about your beautiful love story along with the promises that you want to make and end it with a reaffirmation of your love and commitment.

Here’s a sample vow:

“Standing here today, looking into your eyes, fills me with joy I never thought possible. From the moment I met you, I knew there was something really special about you.

Over the years our love story has grown and blossomed in uncountable ways. We have shared laughs, tears, triumphs, and challenges, and fought through it all, our bond has only strengthened.

Looking towards our future together, I promise to be your constant companion through all the thicks and thins of life. I vow to celebrate your victories with enthusiasm, be your shoulder to cry on during hardships, and face life’s adventures, hand in hand.

With a love that deepens with each passing day, I choose you, as my wife/husband. Today, and for all tomorrow to come, my love for you is my guiding light.”

5.   Practice reading it out loud

For a confident and heartfelt delivery of the vows, it is really important to practice reading it out loud. Reading your vows out loud will help you identify awkward phrasing or areas that need improvement. It also helps you stay comfortable with speaking in front of so many people. You can use a voice recorder and record yourself while reciting the vows and play it back to understand if the delivery is smooth or not.

6.   Try to add a pinch of humor (but keep it classy)

Wedding vows don’t have to be boring and a pinch of humor won’t hurt anybody.  A well-put joke or anecdote can help lighten the mood and reflect your relationship with your partner. Here’s a humorous sample vow that you can take inspiration from:

I can’t believe I managed to snag someone as amazing and beautiful as you. It’s true what they say that the opposite attracts. You’re the organized one and I, well, let’s just say my sock drawer is a permanent resident on the floor.  But somehow, you love me anyway. I promise to keep things a little tidier and in return, you promise to never let me live down that karaoke night in Vegas. Deal?

7.   Take the help of a friend

You can get help from your friend in drafting your wedding vows. Brainstorm together about your love story and focus on the moments and qualities that make your partner special. Once you have the draft ready, ask your friends to listen to it carefully and provide feedback. Their feedback will help you make your wedding vows better and achieve a better flow in the overall impact of your vows.

If public speaking scares you then having them act as your audience can be the best way to fight the nervousness during practice sessions.


Wedding vows are those heartfelt moments that give you those tingling sensations in your stomach because they go beyond culture and traditions. They are a chance to look into your partner’s eyes while everyone is watching you and declare “I do!” From age-old traditions to widespread promises, sprinkled with memories and inside jokes, these vows become a reminder of the laughter, love, and even a few happy tears that will mark the beginning of your adventure together. So, take a deep breath and craft vows that are as unique and beautiful as your love story.

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