By Michaela Keating
Based on feedback from our couples featured in Brides of Limerick, the ceremony and exchanging of vows is often mentioned as the highlight of the day from newlyweds. Writing your own vows can be nerve wracking as you want to make sure that you are saying all the right things to your new husband or wife. The vows are for life, so here are some ways to help your words to stay timeless and hold meaning to you as a couple.
Jot down your ideas as they come to you
As the craziness of planning your wedding winds down, you’ll have more time to process the day itself and what it entails. As things come to mind and you go on this journey with your other half, jot down significant moments, memories or quotes you would like to include so that you have a basis of content for your vows when you set out to write them.
Beating writers block
It can be a lot of pressure trying to capture how much someone means to you in just a few sentences and can often leave you with nothing. Take a step back and soak in some of the reasons that brought you to where you are today with your husband to be. How you met, your first date, your biggest fight and your happiest memories all contributed to you walking up the aisle, so express the important ones and how they got you to become a Mrs.
Look for inspiration
Your vows do not have to be a certain way. Traditional or personal, make sure that you incorporate elements of you both as a couple. Keep it quirky with lines from your favourite TV show to watch together or select some of your favourite verses of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Share what makes you guys, you.
Make promises that mean something
At the end f the day, your vows are a promise and making sure you say what you feel you want to say to your partner is the most important thing. Lay your cards on the table at what are the most important factors that married life will bring and promise that you will be there through the good and the bad, in sickness and in health.
*Top Tip – If you are a nervous speaker or not so great with words, keep it short and sweet. Often the less said in wedding vows, the more memorable they are. Keep the pressure off and stick to what you’re comfortable with.