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Wedding Vows - Original and Unique

Updated on October 12, 2014

The Beauty of Your Wedding Vows

Wedding vows should be personal and unique. Even if you are being married in a traditional religious service, there is often opportunity for the bride and groom to add a few special words of their own.

Here, I offer you suggestions for great books on wedding vows as well as ideas for personalizing your Wedding Vows. Plus you get to read my entertaining and original poems about wedding vows.

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All poetry copyright Mindy Makuta (aka MyFairLadyah) reprint with permission

Vows are spoken when you tie the knot

They may be solemn or light, from the heart

They may be time honored from your officiate

Or something that you two did initiate

A Short Avowal

I vow that you I'll treat with kindness

Always to listen before I speak

And love you despite malady; blindness

To lift you tall should you grow weak

I vow to cherish you from today on

As I already do completely

You are my sun and stars and moon

I will kiss you, deeply, sweetly

Exchanging Vows at A Beautiful Ceremony

A Bride and Groom stand with their attendants for this ceremony

A Historical Perspective on Wedding Vows

Wedding Vows have evolved over time. These days, the voicing of love and commitment between a new husband and new wife takes many forms.

Long ago, the wedding vow was a commitment between the couple and the community. This evolved into a commitment between the families of the bride and groom. Now, the vows, even though uttered before an audience, are primarily between the bride and the groom.

At one time, a bride-price was paid to the new husband's family by the bride's family. You can imagine that there was a lot more emphasis on the "obey" than on the "cherish" part of the vow, at least, from the perspective of the bride.

Well, these are modern times and the wedding vow is still evolving. In fact, vow renewals are very popular for couples who remain married for a number of years. Not that these folks need the formality, but it is a sweet way to renew ones commitment to each other. Vow renewals are offered most everywhere. Many couples have their renewal of vows in a fun place like Hawaii or Las Vegas during an anniversary vacation. Some return to their wedding location.

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What Is Being Said at the Altar

Whether at a church altar or garden arbor, current wedding ceremonies still typically have a minister or celebrant leading the bride and groom through the various parts of the ceremony. This includes the exchange of vows. Your celebrant may be reading from a time-honored script or marriage book, to which the bride and groom will be asked to respond to key phrases. Keeping this traditional part of the ceremony gives the service a solemn or sanctified aspect.

Even so, couples are generally free to create original or even funny vows that are meaningful to them. They can be words to a favorite song or poetry written just from them. The bride and groom can add their own special words to existing scripts or even frame the entire ceremony. Poetry expressing love for each other that the couple writes separately or a dialog that they create together can be very beautiful.

The couple can also create their own custom inscriptions for their wedding rings, taken from their vows, to forever remind them of the commitments spoken on their wedding day.

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Three Versions of Vows

I have written a number of poetic wedding vows and offer to Write Custom Vows as well.

Here are vows entitled I Place My Faith In You with 3 subtle differences. This shows how vows can be gently changed to suit your personality or your gender for example.

Notice the 3 versions below of the Wedding Vows I Place My Faith In You. While the first may be spoken by the Bride, the second is for the Groom to say. And, the third version may be spoken by either a man or a woman by use of the word spouse

Poetically, they are each composed of 5 rhyming couplets.

The differences lie in the second couplet (lines 3 and 4) of each version.

I Place My Faith In You (1)

Today I place my faith in you

Under the clear, cloudless blue

To walk the path as your wife

Into this exciting future life

We will abide each other's quirks

And never call each other jerks

Before our loved ones here today

We tread a solemn path this day

Of love and honor and respect

In deed and mind to e'er protect

I Place My Faith In You (2)

Today I place my faith in you

Under the clear, cloudless blue

To walk the path as your husband

Following where the path wends

We will abide each other's quirks

And never call each other jerks

Before our loved ones here today

We tread a solemn path this day

Of love and honor and respect

In deed and mind to e'er protect

I Place My Faith In You (3)

Today I place my faith in you

Under the clear, cloudless blue

To walk the path as your spouse

And be there to calamity douse

We will abide each other's quirks

And never call each other jerks

Before our loved ones here today

We tread a solemn path this day

Of love and honor and respect

In deed and mind to e'er protect

Thank You for Your Visit - May Your Wedding be Fabulous and Fun

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      quicpost 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens and explains a lot. Sometimes when couples are anticipating getting married we get lost in the whole aspect of the day instead of knowing what to say and your lens explains everything we need to know. Thanks.

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing poetry of love. Very nice!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Those wedding vows are very important on the big day. This is a lovely lens with many words of love. Thank you for sharing, I feel blessed.

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      RickBasset 6 years ago

      Your Wedding Poetry is beautiful! I really enjoyed the videos too!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Lovely lens and great ideas for wedding vows. Featured on How To Have a Great Wedding Day on a Budget

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      paul101239 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      VarietyWriter2 7 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)