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5 Traditional Wedding Vows for Non-Denominational Weddings

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Aug 162016
 

Having a nonreligious wedding doesn't mean you have to write your own vows. If you're looking to take the pressure off yourselves, consider some traditional phrasing — that's also easily customizable — that pledges your love and devotion to each other. Whether you want to go spiritual, make it short and sweet, or celebrate what it is that makes your love special, these traditional wedding vows will get you to that first married kiss.

1. I, (name), commit myself to you, (name of significant other), as (wife/husband) to learn and grow with, to explore and adventure with, to respect you in everything as an equal partner, in the foreknowledge of joy and pain, strength and weariness, direction and doubt, for all the risings and settings of the sun. We tie these knots to symbolize our connection to one another. They represent our trust in each other and our combined strength together.

2. Today, surrounded by the people who love us most, I choose you (name of significant other) to be my partner. I am proud to be your (wife/husband) and to join my life with yours. I vow to always support you, push you, inspire you, and above all, love you, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, as long as we both shall live.

See More: The 9 Most Common Wedding Vow Mistakes All Brides and Grooms Should Avoid

3. I, (name) do pledge to you (name of significant other), my love, for as long as we both shall live. What I possess in this world, I give to you. I will keep you and hold you, comfort you and tend to you, protect you and shelter you, for all the days of my life.

4. I, (name), promise to love, honor, and trust (name of significant other) in sickness and in health, in adversity and prosperity, and to be true and loyal as long as we both shall live.

5. I, (name), take you, (name of significant other), as my wedded (wife/husband) from this day forward. I give you my deepest love and devotion. I humbly open my heart to you as a sanctuary of warmth and peace, where you may come and find a refuge of love and strength. I will weep with you in heartache and celebrate life with you in joy. I pledge my heart to you, for all the days of our lives.

6 Things to Know Before You Write Your Wedding Vows

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Aug 072016
 
What to Know Before Writing Wedding Vows

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Reading your vows during your wedding ceremony will be one of the most intimate and possibly even scariest moments of your life. It's a time when you're standing in front of the person you love, committing your plan to spend forever with them — in front of all of your closest friends and family members. It's a moment of laughs, tears, and an urgent request to find tissues so that your mascara doesn't run and stain your veil. So when you're sitting down to figure out what you want to say, here are six things to know before you write your wedding vows.

1. You don't have to make them perfect.
Don't bog yourself down with a desire to make your vows sound absolutely perfect. You may run out of words, ideas, and time. Instead, focus on getting a draft done and then revise that draft until your wedding day arrives.

2. You can add in humor.
Your vows don't have to be all mushy, all the time. You can add bits of humor throughout to get your guests laughing.

3. Your vows don't have to be very long.
Try to keep your vows under two minutes. That's the perfect amount of time to keep your guests' attention and also a long enough time to say what you want to say — without rambling or repeating yourself. Keep it as concise as possible.

4. Start writing as early as possible.
The sooner you start, the more time you'll have to brainstorm what you'd like to say. If you wait for the night before your wedding, you may be suffocated by nerves that you can't seem to string together a sentence.

5. Try writing them as a letter.
If you're having trouble starting, try opening up a card or take a piece of paper and write your vows down as if you were writing them as a letter to the person you're marrying.

6. Pick your words wisely.
It's always best to skip the clichés and instead use specific details that define your relationship with the person you're marrying. That way, it will feel very personalized and geared towards showcasing your true passion, commitment, and connection.

See More: 64 Perfect First Dance Songs

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.


Everything You Need to Know About Writing Your Own Wedding Vows

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Jul 282016
 

Declaring your love for one another may seem easy — at least in the privacy of your own home. But if you've elected to write your own wedding vows, coming up with the write words to express just how you feel-in front of all your nearest and dearest-can be a daunting task. While we can't write the words for you, there are a few steps you can follow to make the writer's block go away:

Talk about your vows together.
One of the hardest parts about exchanging vows is worrying over how people will compare your words to your fiancé's. Were hers longer? Did he get more sentimental? Did she make everyone laugh? Did he make everyone cry?

Instead of considering vow writing a competition, get on the same page about your expectations. You don't have to share what it is you're going to say, but come to an agreement about the following:

- How long will the vows be — short and sweet? No more than three sentences? No more than one minute?

- Will you share inside jokes? Or would you rather keep things more generic?

- Do you want to incorporate elements of traditional or religious vows into your own?

Consider these starter questions — but don't hesitate to ask your significant other if you're stuck on anything else. Once you two have a game plan in mind, writing will be easier.

Find a quiet place to write, and surround yourself with memories.
Don't plan on writing your vows while your fiancé is in the other room with the TV blaring or when you have a work deadline on your mind. Find a time when your stress level is low and you can really spend a few quiet minutes thinking about your relationship. To help the ideas start flowing, consider propping pictures of you and your fiancé from throughout the relationship around your writing space as inspiration.

Start with a list.
Don't try to put everything into sentences right away. The first step to writing your vows should be creating a list. Jot down all the things you love about your fiancé, what you're looking forward to most in your marriage, and what promises you want to make to them as their future husband or wife. Set the list aside for a day or two, then go back and highlight your favorite items on the list. Use those as the starting point for your own vows.

Do your research — but don't get stuck on other people's words.
It's easy to go down the rabbit hole Googling wedding vows from your favorite movies, TV shows, and books. Sure, these exchanges can be great inspiration, but avoid copying them word-for-word. Using someone else's vows will make your exchange feel less genuine — and yes, people will notice. Your vows should be personal and reflect your own unique relationship — no one can describe your feelings for one another better than you. And don't get stuck comparing your vows to a TV show wedding either: Those actors had a team of writers and editors crafting the perfect tear jerker of a line for them!

Take a break.
Once you've made your list, done your research, and written your first draft, walk away. Take a few days — even a week — to give you and your vows some space. After you've taken time apart, go back and reread what you wrote. A little separation from your words will do a whole lot of good and allow for you to fix anything with a clear head. If needed, do this one or two more times. But after three times, stop. The bottom line is that you wrote from the heart, and continuously rewriting will drive you crazy! Don't put that pressure on yourself.

Don't wait until the last minute.
Plan to have your vows written at least three weeks before your wedding. This will give you time to write without the added pressure of the approaching day and also give you time to practice reciting your vows in front of the mirror. Trust us: You'll be thankful for the rehearsal when those wedding day jitters kick in!

See More: 8 Things Grooms Need to Know Before They Write Their Own Wedding Vows

5 Unforgettable Love Poems to Consider Using During Your Wedding Ceremony

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Jul 162016
 

The wedding ceremony is one of the most emotional and heartfelt moments of the entire day. It's the time when two people, surrounded by their loved ones, come together and promise a future filled with happiness, loyalty, and the creation of endless memories. So whether you want to write your own vows or not, reading a love poem is the perfect way to add an additional layer of depth to your ceremony. Looking for the right poem to read? Here are 5 unforgettable love poems to consider using during your wedding.

1. "Love Is Friendship Caught Fire", by Laura Hendricks

Love and friendship is so closely connected and most lasting relationships start off as strong friendships. This is a poem that highlights that journey and is something that so many couples can relate to.

2. "A History of Love", by Diane Ackerman

While you may think this poem is going to dive in a long story about the history of love throughout the years, the words are short, sweet and concise and call out only the most prominent and important parts of the history and evolution of love.

3. "I Love You", by Roy Croft
In place of writing your own vows, this poem is a great stand in verse to explain the promises of love now and in the future. It's the perfect way to describe the ways you love your partner and how you can't wait for your love to grow.

4. "Looking For Your Face", by Rumi
We all spend countless time dreaming of who our forever person will be and when we'll cross paths with them. This poem highlights that journey and explains what happens when that love is found.

5. "Sonnet XLIII", from "Sonnets from the Portuguese", by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
If you're looking for a classic touch, this poem is the one to use in your ceremony. It's a poem that can be read from the bride, the groom, or even a close family member.

See More: How Real Couples Found Inspiration for Their Wedding Vows

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.


How to Incorporate Movie Quotes and Famous Lines into Your Wedding Vows

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Jan 012016
 
Movie Quotes for Wedding Vows

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All the brides and grooms I plan weddings with send me their ceremony plans in advance. The minister needs time to review them and ask any questions ahead of the big day. So it never fails to crack me up when I open up my email and find one of the following:

"Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam... And wuv, tru wuv, will fowow you foweva... So tweasure your wuv."

Not being a diehard Princess Bride fan, I didn't recognize the lines for what they were the first time I read them. And what's amazing is that no fewer than 10 couples have incorporated these lines into their own wedding ceremonies in the eight years I've been planning weddings! Most couples don't explain what they are in the context of the ceremony, and I've heard more than a few wedding guests puzzling over them after the ceremony is finished.

I usually use the Dr. Seuss wedding vows for wedding rehearsals because I don't believe in using the real vows until the actual ceremony. I cried through my rehearsal because it was the real thing and it's an intense experience. I prefer to keep rehearsals short and light, but every so often, one of my couples will incorporate these vows into their own wedding ceremonies...

"I will love you on the sea.
I will love you in a tree.
I will love you here and there.
I will love you anywhere.

I will love you every day.
I will love you come what may.
I will love you more than pie.
I will love you til I die."

I've seen more than one bride and groom struggle over vowing to love you more than pie, but at least the guests recognize Dr. Seuss, and get the whole point of the silly exercise. They see it for the romantic, light-hearted gesture that it is — instead of wondering if the minister has a horrible speech impediment like in The Princess Bride!

See More: A Pro-Planner Shares What Can Happen If You Put Off Writing Your Wedding Vows

There are lots of other famous movie lines that we hear in wedding ceremonies and vows, — some recognizable, some not — but those phrases mean something to the bride and groom, whether their guests know the origin or not.

"I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is." —Forrest Gump

"I love you. You... You complete me." —Jerry Maguire

"Destiny is something we've invented because we can't stand the fact that everything that happens is accidental." —Sleepless in Seattle

If some special line from a movie you both love would be just the right phrase for your wedding, go ahead and use it. There's no rule that you have to credit the original source, unless you choose to do so just so your guests understand why you chose to use it.

With that said, choose the words you use for your wedding ceremony wisely. This is a happy occasion, but it's not supposed to be a comedy show.

Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events, a full-service traditional and destination wedding planning company and Do-It-Yourself wedding planning consulting service for DIY brides and grooms based in the Washington, DC area. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show "Wedding Island," about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques. Sandy's book "How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional," will be released on March 1st, but is available online for pre-orders now where books are sold.

Say What!? The Weirdest Wedding Vows According to Real Guests

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Dec 072015
 

Now that personalized vows are gaining more and more popularity (yay!) there's no telling what you'll hear the next time you attend a wedding. From inside jokes no one else got to poetic promises that completely missed the mark, we asked real guests to share the weirdest wedding vows they've ever heard. Brace yourselves brides, because you're in for a real treat.

"This girl I know from high school posted her wedding vows on Facebook, and the closest thing she made to an actual vow was telling him she'd shave his back when they get old." — Jess

"At my cousin's ceremony they incorporated this weird rose and vase analogy in their vows. It was probably meant to be poetic, symbolizing that they'd always be open to each other's love. It came across as super sexual though, and I don't even have a dirty mind! They said stuff like, 'I'll always have a rose ready for your vase' and 'My vase will always be open for your rose.' WTF!" — Tessa

"My favorite from a wedding I photographed in Germany was, 'And I promise there will always be bagels.' That morning, the bride had planned to make the groom a bagel, as he loves them so much. When the bakery in the small town didn't have any, she cut the middle out of a normal bread roll and stuck in a sign saying, 'I'm a bagel.' " — Kate

"I promise to never complain about your stinky shoes and I promise to never show up on time so you won't be thrown off." — Claire

"The bride was trying to be funny and promised to change her groom's diapers when he got old. Ew!" — Arica

See More: 7 Questions Everyone Will Ask You After the Wedding

"My brother's wedding was super sketch. He made the vows up on the spot and it included this line: 'I promise to clean your glasses when you smudge them.' Um, what?" — Leona

"I went to a wedding recently where they did an actual pinky promise. It was kind of cute but kind of weird too." — Kenzie

"I kid you not, the groom promised to be the bride's slave, and then they had everyone stand to give them a Vulcan blessing." — Melissa

"It wasn't the vows that were all that weird, but the fact that the bride sang them and didn't have the best voice, was slightly awkward." — Shea

WATCH: Unforgettable Movie and TV Wedding Vows

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Dec 052015
 

Who doesn't tear up at a good wedding vow? Centerpieces, stationery, and guest list aside, nothing compares to the giggles and happy tears that surface during a wedding ceremony. And nobody does wedding ceremonies quite like Hollywood.

So, let's all stop and give thanks to Youtube channel Burger Fiction for mashing up the most epic wedding ceremonies the movies have given us. In four minutes flat we go from Night at the Roxbury to one of our absolute favorites Princess Bride (don't tell us you don't think "mawiage" every time you think of that movie). With Hollywood in mind we did a little rounding up of our own. All jokes aside, the video inspired us to rehash our favorite wedding ceremonies from movies and TV that still get us every time.

Monica and Chandler Wedding Vows Friends Best TV Weddings

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Friends: Monica and Chandler

Even though the groom's presence at the wedding was touch-and-go the morning of, Monica (Courtney Cox) and Chandler (Matthew Perry)'s wedding vows showed that friendship can easily blossom into something more. Even if it includes a groom panic attack a few minutes before the big reveal.

Monica says, "Then three years ago, at another wedding, I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I'd ever been looking for my whole life. And now here we are with our future before us, and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soul mate, my friend. Unless you don't want to. You go!"

Chandler says, "Monica, I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down that aisle, I realized how simple it was. I love you. You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with."

Runaway Bride: Maggie & Ike

Having a history of escaping the final moments before she was due down the aisle, Maggie (Julia Roberts)'s heartfelt vows were kept sacred during her final trip down the alter to Ike (Richard Gere).

Maggie says, "Look, I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee...at some point one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But, I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it the rest of my life. Because I know in my heart...you're the only one for me."

See More: How to Find an Officiant That's Right for You.

Sex and the City 2: Anthony & Stanford

If opposites attract, these two couldn't be more different (but perfect) for each other. The gentlemen tied the knot in a glam wedding ceremony, complete with white swans, a choir, and Liza Minnelli of course. And their vows were nothing short of endearing.

Anthony says, "It was not exactly love at first sight. But it turns out, it was love. You are the first man to accept me...for the man that I actually am."

The Vow: Leo & Paige

The Vow is a tear jerker in its own right, but Paige (Rachel McAdams)'s and Leo (Channing Tatum)'s messages to each other are enough to make any romantic swoon.

Paige: "I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not, to agree to disagree on red velvet cake, and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home."

Leo: "I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other."

If those words don't have you reaching for the tissues, consider yourself a wedding Scrooge! If you're planning on writing your own, check out our tips to writing unforgettable vows.

The Crazy Thing That Happened As We Said Our Vows

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Nov 132015
 

The most special part of the wedding ceremony is saying your vows. Only sometimes things don't go as planned. Here, real brides share the crazy things that happened to them the moment they said "I do."

"When our rabbi got to the end of the ceremony and asked us to say our "I do's", he said the best man's name instead of my husband's! 'Do you [insert best man's name] take Pola?' It was pretty wacky, but we got a good laugh out of it and it made for a great piece in our wedding video." —Pola

"As my husband finished saying his vows, I kissed him. It was abrupt and unplanned. I couldn't help it. I know it breaks tradition, but everyone went into a fit of laughter." —Allison

"My husband and I were married at a lakefront venue in Tahoe. During the ring exchange, I accidentally put my betrothed's ring on the wrong hand.There was an eruption of laughter, which I assumed was due to the ring/wrong hand snafu. But it turned out we had a severely intoxicated groomsman saying things like, 'When is this thing over?' He was also turning his back to all the wedding guests and staring out at the lake. My dad's friend later told me it looked like the groomsman was going to relieve himself on the lawn! I was oblivious anything was wrong until I saw him take off running towards the river across the street after we were pronounced man and wife. Forget walking back down the aisle — he went for a dip!" —Jennifer

"We just celebrated our 23rd wedding anniversary. Neither of us will ever forget that terrible moment my soon-to-be husband split the entire back of his pants. Yes, I ended up kneeling down in the photos to proclaim my love for him." —Terry

See More: Real Brides Share the Crazy Something Old They Carried Down the Aisle

"The crazy thing that happened when my husband and I said our vows is that... we didn't! We were leaving the church, so excited to have just gotten married, took some photos and in the car on the way back to the hotel, we realized that the priest totally missed the part where we were to say the vows we had written to each other! Part of us was bummed we hadn't gotten to do something that meant a lot and we had worked on, but the other part of us thought it was hilarious that we were so in the moment we didn't even notice. We had practiced in the hotel room the morning of the ceremony, so now it's our own special memory — saying our vows to each other by ourselves before we were officially married. —Nina

"In the middle of saying our vows my husband got so nervous he started to sweat profusely. Think Albert Brooks in that scene from Broadcast News. He literally had perspiration pouring down his face and arms, and it started to soak through the sleeves of his linen suit jacket. I had tucked a Kleenex into the bodice of my dress in case I teared up, so I whipped it out and handed it to him to wipe his face. It ended up being really funny, and added some much needed levity to the whole event. After everyone laughed, his nerves calmed, he stopped sweating, and we ended up having the most wonderful, joyous time as we completed our vows." —Anna

"My wedding was at a lighthouse in North Carolina. A beautiful, sunny day quickly turned cloudy with drops of rain. We thought there was enough time to finish the 20 minute outdoor ceremony and get everyone in to the reception before bad weather. Thunder started rolling in and we cut a few items from the ceremony, but were determined to get through it. JUST as the pastor proclaims us man and wife, there was the BIGGEST CLAP of thunder we'd ever heard, followed by booms! We kissed and the skies opened!" —Kelly

"Our wedding was on a beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico with 78 friends and relatives. Back home, as we looked through the pictures our loved ones had taken, we noticed an interesting uninvited guest just behind us as we said our vows. A man in a speedo was watching and taking pictures of us as all the guests took pictures of him! We have about six photo angles of him watching our wedding. We are planning on returning with some of the guests on our anniversary and of course they are asking if Speedo Guy will be there too!" —Theresa

Sherry Amatenstein is a New York City-based marriage therapist and author.

Writers Give Their Best Tips For Beating Writer’s Block With Your Vows

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Oct 192015
 

Wedding professionals can solve all kinds of problems, from finding extra seats for those pesky guests who didn't RSVP to enticing even the stodgiest couples to do the Hokey Pokey on the dance floor. But when it comes to penning your wedding vows and fighting a serious case of writer's block, you need a whole different kind of professional — you need a writer. So to get the ink flowing, we've gathered five who've shared their top tips for beating writer's block.

"Write first thing in the morning. You want a fresh mind. Don't check your email, or let the pressures of the rest of your day distract you before you start. Write in an environment that does not pull you back into the distractions or task-oriented details of your day-to-day communications. Honor the nature of this particular writing assignment." — Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff, freelance journalist

"Spend time in your creative zone of genius. I'm a visionary, so for me that could be painting, creating a vision board, or going to an Abraham-Hicks conference — essentially engaging in things that open my mind but aren't directly tied to writing. Couples could do activities that bring out the best in both of them, then describe that energy they feel when they're doing what ever that is together." — Danielle Sabrina, online reporter and columnist

See More: How to Write Your Own Vows

"To overcome writers block, one must write, and write, and write. A great writer writes through such blocks, no matter the quality. With wedding vows, there's a lot of pressure to say just the right thing at just the right moment. However, as someone who writes dozens and dozens of drafts, I know the truth of the matter: First drafts are meaningless. Write whatever it is that exemplifies your abounding adoration. Write from the heart, and write a lot. Then, when all is said and done, go back and choose what stands out and what just seems embarrassing. Give yourself the option to cut down. It's always better to have too much." — Austin Lugo, fiction writer and essayist

"A unique way to beat writer's block is to look though your social media profiles. This helps you relive your memories and find new angles to look at things. To write your vows, look though your old texts, e-mails, pictures, Facebook messages, and more. This will help you relive memories with your significant other and motivate you to write your wedding vows." — P. Wish, novelist

"When tongue-tied as to the perfect dialog between characters, I put down my pen and pick up my phone and go for a walk or drive. Using the voice recorder, I step into the shoes of the character and speak from the heart as if I were having a real conversation. By hearing it first, I can often listen to the recording and hear the feeling expressed in a down to earth, more emotional way. You can use this trick to write your vows, too. By getting away from writing on paper and recording a stream of consciousness thought onto your phone, you can forget fancy words and be authentic. The honest, real life words they use to convey their love will mean more than writing it in a fancy way." — Carrie Aulenbacher, contemporary romance writer

Writers Give Their Best Tips For Beating Writer’s Block With Your Vows

 Planning Tips, Wedding Planning, Wedding Vows  Comments Off on Writers Give Their Best Tips For Beating Writer’s Block With Your Vows
Oct 192015
 

Wedding professionals can solve all kinds of problems, from finding extra seats for those pesky guests who didn't RSVP to enticing even the stodgiest couples to do the Hokey Pokey on the dance floor. But when it comes to penning your wedding vows and fighting a serious case of writer's block, you need a whole different kind of professional — you need a writer. So to get the ink flowing, we've gathered five who've shared their top tips for beating writer's block.

"Write first thing in the morning. You want a fresh mind. Don't check your email, or let the pressures of the rest of your day distract you before you start. Write in an environment that does not pull you back into the distractions or task-oriented details of your day-to-day communications. Honor the nature of this particular writing assignment." — Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff, freelance journalist

"Spend time in your creative zone of genius. I'm a visionary, so for me that could be painting, creating a vision board, or going to an Abraham-Hicks conference — essentially engaging in things that open my mind but aren't directly tied to writing. Couples could do activities that bring out the best in both of them, then describe that energy they feel when they're doing what ever that is together." — Danielle Sabrina, online reporter and columnist

See More: How to Write Your Own Vows

"To overcome writers block, one must write, and write, and write. A great writer writes through such blocks, no matter the quality. With wedding vows, there's a lot of pressure to say just the right thing at just the right moment. However, as someone who writes dozens and dozens of drafts, I know the truth of the matter: First drafts are meaningless. Write whatever it is that exemplifies your abounding adoration. Write from the heart, and write a lot. Then, when all is said and done, go back and choose what stands out and what just seems embarrassing. Give yourself the option to cut down. It's always better to have too much." — Austin Lugo, fiction writer and essayist

"A unique way to beat writer's block is to look though your social media profiles. This helps you relive your memories and find new angles to look at things. To write your vows, look though your old texts, e-mails, pictures, Facebook messages, and more. This will help you relive memories with your significant other and motivate you to write your wedding vows." — P. Wish, novelist

"When tongue-tied as to the perfect dialog between characters, I put down my pen and pick up my phone and go for a walk or drive. Using the voice recorder, I step into the shoes of the character and speak from the heart as if I were having a real conversation. By hearing it first, I can often listen to the recording and hear the feeling expressed in a down to earth, more emotional way. You can use this trick to write your vows, too. By getting away from writing on paper and recording a stream of consciousness thought onto your phone, you can forget fancy words and be authentic. The honest, real life words they use to convey their love will mean more than writing it in a fancy way." — Carrie Aulenbacher, contemporary romance writer

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