Are you wondering how to write wedding vows? Whether you repeat standard wedding vows or recite your own vows from the heart, we’re here to help with some short and sweet example wedding vows for him or her.
In this blog post, we’ll share some answers to frequently asked questions on the topic of vows, show you our favorite examples of wedding vows, and some funny wedding vows (yes, you CAN have fun with it!) We’re also sharing helpful resources on further reading (including an awesome workbook) to assist you in writing your own.
We’ll also share where to write your vows (hello, gorgeous vow booklets!) so you have them within an arm’s length at your ceremony.
GIVEAWAY OH! And to make this post even sweeter, we’re giving away an adorable pair of 2 wedding vow books to a lucky winner. :) Find out the details at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
Let’s get started!
Short Vows vs. Long Vows
Many couples ask… should I have short vows? Can wedding vows be long? Yes and yes! It doesn’t matter whether you choose short vows or long ones; the length of vows isn’t as important as the content of them. Speak from the heart!
While your guests are paying attention, keep in mind you shouldn’t go on and on; wedding vows should be concise enough to speak from the heart, or a bit longer if you’re planning to say wedding vows that tell a story (so you can make sure you get to the point). :)
How Long Are Wedding Vows?
How long should wedding vows be? It is up to you, but traditionally wedding vows should be between 1 to 2 minutes in length.
When you’re writing your vows, this time-length would equate to around 100-250 words.
TIP: Commemorate your vows after the wedding onto keepsake wall art, like this from Minted. It makes the perfect one year anniversary gift!
Are mens wedding vows and womens wedding vows the same?
The content isn’t the same (unless you’re reciting standard vows), but the length of the vows depends on what he/she wants to say. Before the wedding, you should probably confirm your vows are the same length so it seems balanced. If one person only says ten words and other says 100, it may feel a little awkward.
Where Do I Write Wedding Vows?
You can write them inside a booklet or wedding vow book.
Okay, let’s get to the example wedding vows!
Example Wedding Vows
Here are a few examples wedding vows to inspire you. Feel free to change up the wording to add items that add a personal twist; don’t be afraid to tell a story or include a clever anecdote.
• I am lucky to call you my love. Each day, you make me a better person. You challenge me, help me grow, and believe in me, things I promise to do for you in marriage. I am proud to call you my husband/wife; together we can do anything, from this day forward.
• I choose you. I chose you the day we met and I will always choose you, every day we both shall live. I promise to make you smile, to be there for you through thick and thin, no matter what comes our way. I will listen, comfort you, and encourage you. I promise to be loyal to you, cherish you, and love you.
• When I met you, I knew I had found my partner in life. As we got to know each other, I realized I had also found my best friend. I promise to encourage you, to love you, and to comfort you in times of need. Together we can tackle anything that life brings to us; I can’t wait to start our life in marriage and I promise to love you every day of my life.
• ______, you are the love of my life. I choose you today and always as my partner in life. No matter what comes our way, I promise to love you, treasure you, and adore you. I promise to always put you first. I will be faithful, honest, and true. I will love you and adore you in sickness and health from this day forward.
• Today, as we are surrounded by our loved ones, I take you to be my husband/wife. Together, we will learn from each other, discover the world, and grow old with each other. I vow to be your best friend whom you can turn to in times of happiness or sorrow. I will support you, encourage you, and love you, all the days of my life.
• _______, you are everything to me. I was looking for someone to share my life with, and you arrived; I knew it was meant to be. I am proud to finally call you my wife/husband. I know that life has its ups and downs, but there is no one I’d rather spend it with. Together, we can weather the storms, laugh, cry, and explore the world. Life is happier with you in it; my days are spent laughing and filled with joy. I promise to cherish you, be faithful to you, and adore you. I love you.
• _______, you make me a better person. Life is joyous because you are in it. You have helped me to become the man/woman I am today and I can’t wait to continue to grow with you in marriage. As your partner, I promise to listen, appreciate, and cherish you. I promise to help you achieve your hopes and dreams and provide you with a marriage full of love, trust, and happiness. I am blessed to call you my wife/husband.
• Today I call you my husband/wife. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. You are kind, loving, and true; I promise to always be on your side and root for you no matter what. We will build a life together we will admire and treasure; I vow to love you for all of my days.
Funny Wedding Vows
Can you write funny wedding vows? Of course! If your relationship is less sappy and more humorous, we encourage you to use it within your vows, as long as it is still underlined with the seriousness of the vows you are entering in with marriage.
Some example wedding vows can include one-liners like these fan-favorites to add a little humor to your wedding vows.
“I love how we work so well together. I always finish your fries, you always finish… my sentences.”
“I vow to never tell you the score of the game before you get a chance to watch it.”
“I promise to never watch the next episode, even when you’ve fallen asleep on the couch and I want to find out what happens next.”
“I vow to always give you the bonus onion ring in the fries we order. That’s the lucky one.”
“I promise to never let a spider get in your way. I vow to be the spider wrangler for all of our days.”
“I promise to not complain about the temperature in the house, or, at the very least, change it only when you’re not looking.”
“I promise to trust you, even when we can’t find the remote and I’m pretty sure you’re the one sitting on it.”
“I vow to take out the garbage, rather than just pushing it down as many times as we can, for the rest of our lives.”
“I promise not to get in the way of your hopes and dreams… but standing in front of the cabinet you’re always trying to open? That’s not going to change.”
See what I mean? You can work with your own ideas to make your wedding vows personal to your relationship. It’s easy!
For more reading on vows, here are some suggested books on wedding vows.
Books About Wedding Vows
• Write wedding vows with help from this workbook:
• Extremely helpful book for writing your wedding vows:
• This must-have book has great ideas:
Okay, now that you know some helpful tips and wedding vow examples, you’ll need a place to write them down! We’re giving away a set of 2 vow books by PrintSmitten to one lucky reader.
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• Winner will be randomly selected on 2/23/22 and announced on this blog post. The winner will also be emailed directly.
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Thanks for this information! We will be writing our own vows and this is very helpful!
You’re welcome, Marissa! If you run into any questions, just email us! :)
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Thanks so much for the helpful information!!
You’re welcome, Katie! Thanks for your feedback!
So glad I came across this blog!!
Aww, thanks, Abbey! Glad it’s helpful for you! :)
I had no idea most wedding vows were only 1-2 minutes long! That makes them seem a lot less daunting to write! Thanks for the tips!
You’re welcome! It feels like so much longer before you get up there, then it flies by! It’s all about content and speaking slowly while reciting them. You’ve got this! :)
This information is extremely helpful, thank you!
Great, Nicole! I’m happy to hear!
We want to write our own vows but feel like the suggested 1-2 minutes is not enough! How do you write your feelings/emotions for each other in that little time?
Hi Autumn! Don’t feel stuck in the 1-2 minute guideline; if you wish to speak longer than that, go for it! 1-2 minutes is generally the average. If you require more time, you can take as long as you need. Some couples do longer vows around the 4-minute mark, and that is great, too. :)
Bookmarking to help when I write my vows!!
Great, Sarah! I’m happy to hear this is helpful for you. :)
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