MAKE YOUR WED­DING VOWS non-tra­di­tional

The world’s your oys­ter when it comes to stamp­ing your voice on your vows

Cosmopolitan Bride (Australia) - - THE VOWS -

Your wed­ding vows are one of the most mean­ing­ful parts of your day, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the usual script. Many cou­ples are buck­ing tra­di­tion, opt­ing to add their own flair and per­son­al­ity into the ex­change. But where do you even be­gin? Don’t worry, we’ve got you.

DRAW IN­SPI­RA­TION

Quoting your favourite movie and song lyrics is a great way to in­ject your per­son­al­ity, with­out hav­ing to write your vows from scratch. Plus, it’s a great ex­cuse to snug­gle on the sofa and re­visit your favourite movies for in­spi­ra­tion. You can keep it short and sweet – ‘You had me at hello’ à la

Jerry Maguire – or go full Adam San­dler in The Wed­ding Singer, ‘I’ll miss you, kiss you, give you my coat when you are cold. Need you, feed you, even let you hold the re­mote con­trol.’

ADD SOME HU­MOUR

Writ­ing funny wed­ding vows is a light-hearted way to de­clare your love for your spouse, while also keep­ing the over­all mood fun. It’ll also give your guests some­thing to talk about for a long time to come – bonus!

Make sure you keep the hu­mour true to your in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­i­ties.

So, if you’re a shopa­holic, play on that, e.g. ‘I prom­ise to love you as much as I love my credit card. I will love you for richer or poorer, as long as our credit limit stays high.’ You could also write your vows as a funny top 10 list of why your mar­riage will work. For ex­am­ple: ‘Rea­son 10: I know you’ll never leave your dirty clothes on the floor.’

RHYME TIME

Turn­ing your vows into a rhyming poem isn’t al­ways the eas­i­est thing to do, but if you can find the per­fect words to ex­press your feel­ings it’s a wor­thy chal­lenge. For ex­am­ple,

‘I love you in rich­ness and in debt, and cher­ish all mo­ments since we have met. I prom­ise to love you un­til the end of my days, even though you’ve turned our cup­board into a maze.’ Side note: Keep a the­saurus nearby. Now, go forth and write those vows.

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