While we human beings may not actually hibernate, often we slow down a bit in the winter months. With only a few weeks until Spring officially arrives, you may already be sensing those inevitable signals; daylight has gotten longer, more light often is accompanied by increased motivation, wanting to get out more, make plans, perhaps thoughts of doing a “Spring Cleaning”.
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~Mark Twain
Well…..Mark Twain said a mouthful! Whatever “it” is, you know it when you want it. When two people “want” one another and decide to be married, they are making an incredible and loving commitment.
And so, a few thoughts about VOWS, those words that express your earnest promises to your betrothed. There are as many approaches to composing vows as there are couples reciting them.
A vow, by definition, is a declaration or assertion, a solemn pledge. Wedding vows are typically one part of a wedding ceremony, where the couple verbally expresses in a heartfelt manner their feelings about one another and their intentions to act in a very particular way emblematic of that commitment.
As officiators, we tailor wedding vows for each couple. They might be a question posed to the spouses with an “I DO” response. Or they can be statements that each spouse will recite to the other. Couples can elect to compose their own vows. Some include in their vow the story of how they met. Others add a touch of humor with a fun anecdote about things they have shared. True romantics find a poetic quote that speaks to their feelings.
Should you “want” to write your own vows, be sure to talk to your partner and discuss if that is something they, too, would like to do. If you are both on the same page about composing vows, take some time to collect your thoughts and then start writing. Generally, couples do not share their vows before wedding day.
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