Do you think writing your vows is hard? When I was planning my wedding, I Googled a few examples of wedding vows and nothing that I found really resonated with me. I wanted to share how I felt, in my own words, in my own way; not what someone else had written for me as a blueprint. Marriage vows are supposed to be a promise to the person you are marring, and depending on who you are, who you are together, your situation, what you believe and really; a whole myriad of other things, what you promise to that person should be written from the heart, not taken from the hundreds of already made vows that are out there. I don’t think it’s hard to write your vows; it just has to come from the heart! Vows are promises you making to each other; words don’t have to be perfect or sound majestic. It’s not for show!
If you want a little help in writing your vows, besides my advice to make it come from the heart, I have a great idea for you! Remember those books and stories you read as a child? Go read one and you’ll find that a lot of heart and love is in those pages!
Do you remember some of these?
“How do you spell love?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it, you feel it” – Pooh
“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr. Seuss
Guess How Much I Love You
I love you all the way down the lane as far as the river, cried Little Nutbrown Hare.
I love you across the river and over the hills, said Big Nutbrown Hare.
That’s very far, thought Little Nutbrown Hare. He was almost too sleepy to think anymore. Then he looked beyond the thorn bushes, out into the big dark night. Nothing could be farther than the sky.
I love you right up to the moon, he said, and closed his eyes.
Oh, that’s far, said Big Nutbrown Hare. That is very, very far.
Big Nutbrown Hare settled Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves. He leaned over and kissed him good night. Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, I love you right up to the moon and back.
Text Copyright Â© 1994 Sam McBratney. Illustrations Copyright Â© 1994 Anita Jeram.
Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA on behalf of Walker Books, London.
What do you think; would you use children’s books as inspiration for writing your marriage vows? Which one would you pick? I would love to know what your favorite childhood book is and what excerpt you like the most!
*I’m happy to tell you that the gracious people at Candlewick Press, has been gracious enough to send a copy of, “Guess How Much I Love You”, to give away to a classy reader! I’m excited! Below you’ll find the form to enter! Entries will be accepted from now, until next Wednesday.