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How to Write Your Wedding Vows: Let these Poets Guide You

For the big day, you want to make sure your wedding vows are filled with loving words. Here are a few of the best ones you can use.

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No one can blame you if you turn into a nervous wreck when you write your wedding vows. For one thing, you’ll have to come up with the right words to say with the added touch of romance and maybe a hint of cheesiness.

It has to be long enough to convey what you feel, while short enough to not bore your guests. And on top of that, you need to be able to recite your vows on your big day. Most of all, you’d better not screw it up, since this will all be caught on camera. Even trained actors might find that task daunting!

You can always opt for the generic vows that you see in movies, but come on, why blend in with the crowd when you can let your originality as a couple shine through? Scrap the tried and tested “to have and to hold,” and go for something that really comes from your heart. After all, you only get married once *hopefully*, so you might as well go all out with the romantic words in your vows! [Read: 25 obvious signs you’re high on wedding fever]

How to create the sweetest wedding vows

Looking for the perfect lines to add to your wedding vows? Here are 8 of the simplest yet most profound ones you can use. [Read: What’s the best age to get married?]

#1 “I cannot imagine my life without you.” This is such an endearing statement to say. It says to the person you are marrying that since they have been in your life, they have made it better. This line says that your spouse-to-be brings something so special and unique to your life that you do not want them to leave your side. You are letting your partner know that no matter what, you will do your best to keep them there and keep them happy.

#2 “I will protect your heart.” Everyone has a little bit of apprehension when they are about to get married. So before you even consider tying the knot, you want to know that your heart is in the right hands. Let the love of your life know that you will protect their heart and cherish the love you share until the end of time. With this line, you’ll definitely let your partner know that you are set on ensuring that you won’t be breaking their heart in your time together.

#3 “I love you more than anything in the world.” I think everyone in the world wants to hear these words. To know someone loves you more than anything in the world means that above everything else, their love is so strong for you that nothing can trump it. Your partner will melt when you look them in the eyes and say this line. By adding this to your vows, your partner will feel secure in knowing that you prioritize them.

We tend to get caught up in our everyday lives and struggles that we sometimes neglect the people we love. Although, there will be times when your spouse feels that you are paying them no mind. They can feel loved in knowing that you’ve promised to love them above all else. Setting clear intentions at the beginning of the marriage leads to a happy one.

#4 “I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you.” It is truly refreshing to know that someone wants to see you every morning and every night. This line says that through the years, you want to be a constant presence in your partner’s life. You want to be there for your partner, through good days, bad days, and everything in between.

Life isn’t always going to be as sweet and romantic as your wedding day, but by adding this line to your vows, you’re telling your partner that you’re willing to stay by their side for the long haul. [Read: 20 reasons to get married and live happily after]

#5 “I promise to be patient and understanding no matter the circumstance.” This is a big promise to make, but one that your partner will definitely be delighted to hear. On your wedding day, you may think that you’ll both walk off into the sunset hand in hand to start a romantic life together.

But of course, marriage requires work, and working together through the trials of life requires patience and understanding. Let your partner know that you’re ready for what life throws at you both in the future by adding this incredibly realistic but still romantic line.

#6 “You bring me joy and make me unbelievably happy.” Adding this to your vows means that you want to remind your partner that through the arguments, nagging, and not-so-fun times, they can still make you incredibly happy.

No one likes to feel like a burden to their partner. The more aware your fiancé or fiancée is as to how much happiness and joy they bring to your life, the more they will continue to do so. It makes them happy that they make you happy. [Read: Marriage advice – 11 tips to be incredibly happy]

#7 “I will help you and support your dreams.” Let the love of your life know that you will be a helping hand during their pursuits to achieve their dreams. Unwavering support plays a huge role in the connection between you and your spouse.

Having someone to help and cheer us on always provides motivation for us to keep going. Let them know that you are truly their biggest fan, and you will do whatever is in your power to help them reach their full potential. [Read: The 80/20 rule in relationships for a successful one]

#8 “I will always embrace your imperfections and encourage you when you need to hear it the most.” It is important that your spouse-to-be knows that you accept them, flaws and all. Vowing to love and embrace their imperfections helps them to remain true to who they are.

Marriage is about transparency, and the way you enter a marriage is the key to its longevity. It is also vital to let them know that you will encourage them when they feel as if the world is not on their side.

To love every part of someone is to not be blindsided nor turned off by the unique things that make them who they are. Your partner should feel assured hearing these words because they know that you act out of love and not judgment during difficult times. [Read: 25 relationship rules for a happy romance]

Again, the more you embrace and encourage your spouse, the more your spouse will do the same for you. On the big day, let them know that the love you have for them surpasses all of their imperfections, and nothing can change the way you feel.

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Remember that honesty and authenticity is what you should be aiming for when you compose your vows, but you can always look to these romantic lines to let your heartfelt emotions shine through on your big day!

Let the poets guide you

“For richer or poorer, till death do us part.” These are the last lines to the most common wedding vows pronounced at the altar. However, for the love of your life, don’t you think they deserve to hear something more special? What better way than to write your own vows instead?

Writing your own vows can be nerve-racking. You want it to be sincere and beautiful, with generous helpings of romance to melt your love’s heart.

However, if you’re not adept at stringing words into meaningful sentences, maybe you’d like a little help from the best weavers of words—poets. From the most contemporary poets, to spoken word poets, and the most notable classical poets, you won’t be at a loss for words. [Read: 25 signs you’re high on wedding fever]

The best romantic poems to say at your wedding

Have a pen and paper ready and browse through our collection of passionate love poems to offer to your beloved. Learn from the masters, and soon, your love will be swooning to your words on your wedding day.

#1 Typewriter poet.

“I am yours. I am yours as the stars belong to the sky, and I am yours as the rivers belong to the sea. I am yours as your tears belong to your eyes, and I am yours as your lungs belong to the pattern in which you breathe.“ – Maps

Christopher Poindexter is a contemporary poet who became popular because of his Tumblr account, Remington Typewriter Poetry. Poindexter popularized typewriter poetry. He writes his poems in hemp paper using a typewriter, takes a picture of it, and posts the same online. He has published a compilation of his poems from 2013-2014, in a book entitled Naked Human.

Alternative:

“Do you remember the day we first made love? I didn’t know how much I loved you then. I knew I did, but I wasn’t aware of the intensity. I had no clue one day I would wear your spirit on my body like a blanket to keep me warm.” – Untitled

#2 Tumblr-famous poet.

“I love you, I do—you have my word. You have all my words.” – A Promise

Lang Leav is another contemporary poet whose poems gained popularity through the Tumblr platform. Lang is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is exhibited in her home city, Sydney, and overseas. She has published two poetry books: Love & Misadventures and Lullabies.

Alternative:

“When two souls fall in love, there is nothing else but the yearning to be close to the other. The presence that is felt through a hand held, a voice heard, or a smile seen. Souls do not have calendars or clocks, nor do they understand the notion of time or distance. They only know it feels right to be with one another.” – Souls

#3 Spoken word poet.

“I know about your rough edges and I have seen your perfect curves, and I will fit into any spaces you let me. If loving you means getting dirty, bring on the grime, I will leave this porcelain home behind. I’m used to twice a day relationships, but with you, I’ll take all the time.” – Love Letter from Toothbrush to Bicycle Tire

Sarah Kay is a spoken word poet born in New York. She began her poetry journey at the Bowery Poetry Club when she was 14. She now heads Project V.O.I.C.E., a program that aims to use spoken word poetry to inspire and educate the youth.

Alternative:

“And love will tell you, you are beautiful and mean it, over and over again. You are beautiful. When you first wake up, ‘you are beautiful.’ When you’ve just been crying, ‘you are beautiful.’ When you don’t want to hear it, ‘you are beautiful.’ When you don’t believe it, ‘you are beautiful.’ When nobody else will tell you, ‘you are beautiful.’ Love still thinks you are beautiful. But love is not perfect and will sometimes forget, when you need to hear it most, you are beautiful, do not forget this.” – When Love Arrives

#4 Victorian-era poet.

“If thou must love me, let it be for nought except for love’s sake only. Do not say I love her for her smile, her look, her way of speaking gently. For a trick of thought that falls in well with mine… But love me for love’s sake, that evermore thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.” – Sonnet XIV

Elizabeth Barrett Browning is an English poet from the Victorian era. She gained popularity in England and the United States during the 1800s. Her most popular works are in Sonnets from the Portuguese, published in 1845.

Alternative:

“I love thee with the breath, smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.” – Sonnet XLIII

#5 Greatest poet of the 20th century.

“I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair. Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets. Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me all day. I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.”— I Crave Your Mouth, Your Voice, Your Hair

Pablo Neruda is a Nobel Prize awardee for Literature in 1971. He is known for his love poems and surrealist works. Some of his most popular ones are If You Forget Me and Saddest Poem. Gabriel Garcia Marquez once called him the greatest poet of the 20th century. Pablo Neruda is the pen name for Chilean poet Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto.

Alternative:

“It’s good to feel you are close to me in the night, love, invisible in your sleep, intently nocturnal, while I untangle my worries as if they were twisted nets.” – It’s Good to Feel You Are Close to Me

#6 Prolific American poet.

“I will remember the kisses, our lips raw with love, and how you gave me everything you had, and how I offered you what was left of me, and I will remember your small room, the feel of you, the light in the window, your records, your books, our morning coffee, our noons, our nights, our bodies spilled together, sleeping, the tiny flowing currents, immediate and forever, your leg, my leg, your arm, my arm, your smile and the warmth of you who made me laugh again.” — Raw with Love

Charles Bukowski is an American poet and novelist with thousands of poems to his name. His works deals with the drudgery of daily work, the ordinary life of Americans, alcohol, and his relationships with women. He also wrote hundreds of short stories. Born in Germany, Bukowski’s real name is Heinrich Karl Bukowski.

Alternative:

“It is usually mid-afternoon and quiet, and getting dressed we talk about what else there might be to do, but being together solves most of it, for as long as those things stay solved, in the history of women and man, it’s different for each- for me, it’s splendid enough to remember…” – The Shower

Tip: Listen to the recording of Bukowski himself reading it, and you’ll understand.

#7 Bohemian poet.

“But all that touches us, you and me, plays us together, like the bow of a violin that from two strings draw forth one voice. On what instrument are we strung? What musician is playing us? Oh sweet song.”— Love Song

Ranier Maria Rilke is a Bohemian-Austrian poet whose most famous work is Letters to a Young Poet, a collection of 10 letters written by Rilke to a young 19-year-old poet named Franz Xaver Kappus. Three years after Rilke’s death, Kappus published the letters in his honor. Rilke’s writing style is characterized by the use of metonymy and metaphors, as evidenced in Love Song.

Alternative:

“Love is at first not anything that means merging, giving over, and uniting with another, it is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world, to become world for himself for another’s sake.” – Letters to a Young Poet, 7th Letter

#8 Romantic modernist poet.

“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling) I fear no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) I want no world (for beautiful, you are my world, my true) and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you.” – I Carry Your Heart with Me

E.E. Cummings is an American poet born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a prolific writer with almost 2,900 poems, four plays, and two autobiographical novels. His writing style is avant-garde, bypassing rules in forms and meters. Most of his works are sonnets and free verse poems. The E.E. on his name stands for Edward Estlin.

Alternative:

“I like my body when it is with your body. It is so quite new a thing. Muscles better and nerves more. I like your body. I like what it does. I like its hows. I like to feel the spine of your body and its bones, and the trembling-firm-smoothness and which I will again and again and again kiss, I like kissing this and that of you, I like, slowly stroking the, shocking fuzz of your electric fur, and what-is-it comes over parting flesh… And eyes big love-crumbs. And possibly I like the thrill of under me you so quite new.” – I Like My Body

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Preparing vows for your own wedding can be a daunting experience. You’ll think it’s just so much easier to go with the regular vows, but why take the usual route when you can be so much more romantic?

Enlist the help of these poets to make writing your unique wedding vows a little bit easier. Your partner will love you even more when they realize you went the extra mile to make your wedding vows extra special. Best wishes!

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