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Exploring the Diversity of Wedding Vows: A Guide for Modern Ceremonies.

When it comes to exchanging wedding vows, there's no one-size-fits-all approach. Your vows are a beautiful expression of your love and commitment to each other, and they should reflect your unique personalities and the vibe of your special day. From traditional and religious to modern and personalised, there are various styles of wedding vows to choose from.

However, the process of selecting the right style can be overwhelming. That's where a good celebrant plays a vital role, guiding you through the decision-making process to ensure your vows resonate with your love story and set the tone for your ceremony.

Adam and Harriet Zampa having their bespoke wedding ceremony and vows written for them.
Adam Zampa making us laugh with his personalised vows. Wedding Ceremony held at Byron View Farm

Wedding vows are an essential and heartfelt part of any marriage ceremony.

They serve as a personal declaration of love, commitment, and promises between partners.

In today's modern era, couples have the freedom to express their unique personalities and values through their wedding vows. In this blog post, I explore the different types of wedding vows that are commonly used in modern ceremonies, and I also provide a checklist to help couples decide which vows resonate with them.

Traditional Vows:

Traditional vows are timeless and draw inspiration from cultural and religious traditions. They often include phrases like "for better or for worse," "to have and to hold," and "till death do us part." These vows have a classic and romantic charm that appeals to couples who appreciate the richness of tradition. Example: "I promise to love, honor, and cherish you, in sickness and in health, for as long as we both shall live."

Personalised Vows:

Personalised vows are tailored to reflect the couple's unique relationship and individual personalities. They offer an opportunity to share personal anecdotes, inside jokes, and specific promises that hold significance to the couple. They are heartfelt and often evoke laughter and tears from both the couple and the guests. Example: "I promise to always be your adventure buddy, your partner in crime, and to never stop exploring the world with you by my side."

Inspirational Vows:

Inspirational vows draw from poetry, literature, or famous quotes to express love and commitment. These vows often have a poetic and romantic quality that resonates with couples who appreciate beauty in language. They can be deeply moving and evoke a sense of grandeur and passion. Example: "I promise to love you as the sea loves the shore, unconditionally and eternally, with every beat of my heart."

Collaborative Vows:

Collaborative vows emphasize the partnership and teamwork aspect of marriage. They highlight the couple's commitment to supporting and encouraging each other's dreams and aspirations. These vows often incorporate phrases like "we will" and "together, we can." They are ideal for couples who value equality and shared decision-making. Example: "We promise to build a life together filled with trust, respect, and open communication. We will face challenges as a united front and celebrate victories as a team."

Spiritual Vows:

Spiritual vows reflect the couple's shared spiritual or religious beliefs. They may include references to God, faith, or higher powers. These vows are deeply meaningful for couples who find strength and guidance through their spiritual practices. Example: "I promise to honor and love you as we walk this sacred path together, guided by the divine presence that unites our souls."

My favorite is when couples choose to do Hybrid Vows, this means they mix and match all the different types of vows together to create a meaningful and personal vow script tailored to suit them!

Checklist for Choosing Wedding Vows:

1. Discuss your values, beliefs, and preferences as a couple.

2. Consider your personalities and the tone you want to set for the ceremony.

3. Determine if you want to incorporate any cultural or religious elements.

4. Decide between traditional, personalised, inspirational, collaborative, or spiritual vows.

5. Reflect on your relationship, shared experiences, and future aspirations.

6. Write drafts of your vows and revise them until they feel authentic and meaningful.

7. Practice reciting your vows before the big day to build confidence and emotional connection.

8. Don't be afraid to get your Celebrants help and guidance!

Vows can be stressful and ain't nobody got time for that!

At Happy Days Weddings, our motto is "No Stress, All Enjoyment best day of your life kinda vibe!" let me take the stress away from this part of your ceremony and let me help you write your unforgettable vows! Contact me now 0498 450 411 or email

With love,


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