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August 23, 2019

How To: Wedding Vows | Arden Photography

Probably coming in second of importance after saying, “I do,” wedding vows should be made a priority to create the perfect beginning of a life together with your partner. They should be personal, yet easily understood. Sophisticated, yet light-hearted. Realistic, yet present the dream you’re willing to offer to your love. Wedding vows should be a balanced proclamation of your uniting love and forever future, but if you need a little nudge to help get you on track, here are a few tips to get your William Shakespeare on.

  • Punctuality

    • Start early, and don’t wait till the last minute. Vows are meant to be personal and created with care.

  • Talk to your partner

    • Establish a tone, structure, and word limit so that no one is being taken too seriously or not seriously enough and so that they don’t last for more than a couple of minutes.

  • Reminisce

    • Think back on memories you have with your partner, the good and bad, to appreciate where you came from and how you have evolved into who you are now.

    • Look back at old pictures, trinkets, and experiences to become inspired and possibly include in the anecdotal portion of your vows.

    • Avoid anything too personal, embarrassing, or cryptic. Your vows should be unique, but they should also be understandable to your audience.

  • Unsure of where to start or how to get out of writer’s block?

    • Make a list. This way you’ll be able to stream-of-consciousness write, convert those words into sentences, and then simplify and edit out anything unnecessary.

    • Look at other couple’s vows to get ideas and to reignite your inspiration.

    • Simply take a break. Sometimes we overthink too much and don’t allow ourselves the opportunity to enjoy the experience of celebrating our partners through our vows. Take a step back, breathe, and resume when you feel the time is right.

  • Promises

    • Come up with several you can make to your spouse that you know you can keep and our realistic.

    • Avoid anything too cliché.

  • Editing

    • Have someone you trust to read over your vows to make sure that they make sense and are easily listened to.

    • Simplify. We all want our vows to be perfect, but perfect does not equate to longwinded. Save intense proclamations for a private time to make it more personal.

    • Practice makes perfect. Practicing out loud will help you avoid any slip-ups and helps you understand how the audience will process your words.

    • Make a clean copy for yourself.

 Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

 Photo by: Arden Photography

Photo by: Arden Photography

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