Want to exchange vows that are truly unique to you and your partner? Get writing your own with these tips...
#1 Give yourself plenty of time!
This isn't a task that's to be left until the day before your wedding, people: rather, start giving it some thought as soon as you can.
#2 Do some research
Think about the vows you've heard at weddings you've attended, at ceremonies you've watched on-screen, in books you've read... Consider what made the vows memorable and meaningful to the couple in question, and work out what you want to say that will convey everything you want to express. Also, don't forget to turn to Google for inspiration!
#3 Take time to reflect on your relationship
Consider everything you've been through as a couple, from the highs to the lows! Why are you getting married, and why is marriage so important to you? Are there any special unique-to-you-two promises you want to make? Jot it all down, leave it for a few days, come back to your list and work out which points you still want to include.
#4 Write everything down
Jot down all the points you want to cover, as well as a rough running order. This will give you the foundations on which to build your vows, and will make writing them in a vow-style format feel a lot simpler. Mix things up with the promises you might want to make:
#5 Keep things to the point
We're talking one to two minutes here - if you have more to say, consider giving a speech at your wedding reception. Ideally, your vows will match the length and rhythm of those your partner is writing.
#6 Have a trial-run
Practise reading your vows - this will not only give you an idea of timing but will also give you a chance to consider the flow of your words.
#7 Have a clean copy of your vows ready for the big day
Whether it's simply a neat copy on lined paper or an elaborate brushlettered version - have a scrunch-free, non-creased copy of your vows ready for the big day.