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Writ­ing your own vows, in ad­di­tion to the le­gal word­ing, can be a great way to re­ally make your cer­e­mony your own. How­ever, for some cou­ples, the thought of do­ing so can be re­ally daunt­ing.

“Start by look­ing at your re­la­tion­ship and think­ing about your shared val­ues,” ad­vises An­dri Ben­son, wed­ding plan­ner at Al­ways An­dri (al­waysan­dri.co.uk). “Con­sider what is im­por­tant to you as in­di­vid­u­als and as a cou­ple. Then think about the kind of part­ner you’d like to be in the fu­ture and the dreams that you share. Th­ese are a great ba­sis for promises you can make to each other – but do add a lit­tle hu­mour! Pick out some­thing you know your part­ner ÀQGV DQQR\LQJ DERXW \RX DQG SURPLVH QRW

to do that any­more.

If the idea of writ­ing your own vows still doesn’t ap­peal, you can al­ways use read­ings to add a bit of per­son­al­ity.

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“If your part­ner speaks an­other lan­guage, how about you learn to say one of your vows in that lan­guage – you’ll also score ma­jor brownie points with his or her fam­ily”.

You could also book an in­de­pen­dent wed­ding cel­e­brant to con­duct a sym­bolic cer­e­mony. “They can per­son­alise your script to in­clude your story and in­clude a sym­bolic rit­ual, too, such as hand­fast­ing or a wine cer­e­mony – you could even cre­ate your own sym­bolic wed­ding that brings to­gether a favourite pas­time that you love do­ing to­gether.”

Con­sider a hand­fast­ing cer­e­mony

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