Your wedding will be, quite simply, the most romantic day of your life. The joy and love you feel for your spouse-to-be, strengthened by the warmth and support of your friends and family, is a feeling you will cherish forever. Naturally, many couples want their wedding vows to capture this remarkable romantic spirit and contain words that are cherished forever.
Whether you’re reciting traditional wedding vows or writing your own romantic wedding vows, the words should feel authentic to you and your relationship. To help you with the important task of writing marriage promises, we’ve compiled some of the most romantic wedding vow examples we could find. Settle in, grab some tissues, and let the inspiration begin.
Sometimes the most touching and romantic sayings to use in your vows can be as short as one sentence. There is an eloquence to concise phrases where each word carries power. Here are some of our most endearing short romantic wedding vows:
- “I promise to hold your hand every night and to never let us lose our spark.”
- "I vow to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed, and to share in the silence when they are not."
- “I vow to be giving and forgiving; to make you laugh and to laugh at myself.”
- “You are my guide to love, my every wish, and the person I want to grow old with.”
- “You’re my person. You just are.”
- “I promise to love you, to be your hearth, to keep a flame alive for you in my heart.”
- “When you walked into my life, love walked in, too.”
- “I vow to love you as you love me, through all hardship, darkness, and pain to reach for our joys, our hopes, and always with honesty and faith.”
- “Time is always on my side when I am with you.”
- “I vow to be as much of a rock for you as you have been for me.”
If you are hoping to share a more detailed expression of your love, compose a few paragraphs that capture your true feelings and the way your future wife or husband makes you feel each day. When reciting your romantic vows, it is important to enunciate them clearly and slowly so that everyone can hear your meaningful words from the heart, especially your soon-to-be spouse! Practice reading your vows with some of your closest friends or family to ensure the message you are trying to portray is clear. Here are some long romantic marriage vows for inspiration.
- "I believe in you, the person you will grow to be and the couple we will be together. With my whole heart, I take you as my wife/husband, acknowledging and accepting your faults and strengths, as you do mine. I promise to be faithful and supportive and to always make our family's love and happiness my priority. I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. I will dream with you, celebrate with you, and walk beside you through whatever our lives may bring. You are my person—my love and my life, today and always."
- "You are my lover and my teacher,
You are my model and my accomplice,
And you are my true counterpart.
I will love you, hold you, and honor you,
I will respect you, encourage you and cherish you,
In health and sickness,
Through sorrow and success,
For all the days of my life."
- “I love your sense of adventure and the way you always brighten my day. I vow to join with you in this journey as your wife/husband with an open heart and to make even the smallest of our accomplishments—eating breakfast or changing a light bulb—into an exciting part of our lives together.”
- “They say love is like magic and I couldn’t agree more. When I first met you, you seemed to appear out of nowhere. My focus was kept on you, consistently trying to solve the puzzle of who you were and where you were from. As our love grew, I couldn’t wait to see you again and be entertained by the chemistry we shared. Now as we wed, I look forward to unlocking the mysteries of the world with you by my side. After all, every good magician relies on their assistant.”
“Woodland Hills”, designed by Eric Clegg
- “A rainbow occurs naturally when the Earth is in perfect harmony. A precise combination and balance between sunshine and rain that creates a prism of colors perfectly painted in a half-circle across the sky for all to enjoy. Finding a rainbow is not easy. I like to think of our love as a rainbow that brightens both of our lives and has a lasting impression on those who witness it.”
- "I promise to be your lover, companion, and friend,
Your partner in parenthood,
Your ally in conflict,
Your greatest fan and your toughest adversary,
Your comrade in adventure,
Your student and your teacher,
Your consolation in disappointment,
Your accomplice in mischief.
This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things. All things."
- “I believe you have been the best guide for me through this journey called life. You have shown me what it means to love. You have directed me down paths I did not know existed. Through our adventures, we have discovered beautiful waterfalls and fields of wildflowers. We have fought rapids and turbulent waters and came out the other side victorious and stronger than before. I look forward to holding your hand through all the adventures to come.”
“Double Rainbow”, designed by Pink House Press
If you can’t seem to come up with romantic wedding vows to make him cry on your own, seek inspiration through quotes from famous poets, authors, and historic figures of the past. There’s a reason these words are everlasting, and if someone else has already phrased it perfectly, use it to your advantage.
Consider taking a trip to your local library or go online to find quotes from some of the figures you admire the most. Uncover words of wisdom that will help you create heart-warming vows. We also encourage you to reach out to your parents and ask what they may have recited to each other on their wedding day. Maybe there is an author or figure that inspired the words at their nuptials that could have a touching influence on yours as well? Here is a collection of some of our favorite famous quotes that would make perfect soulmate wedding vows.
- “In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” —Maya Angelou
- “The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.” —Julia Child
- “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” —Mignon McLaughlin
- “To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow—this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” —Elizabeth Gilbert
- “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” —Lord Alfred Tennyson
- “The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make—not just on your wedding day, but over and over again—and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.” —Barbara De Angelis
- “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” —Bruce Lee
- “A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” —Andre Marois
- “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” —Arrigo Boito
- “When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.” —Albert Einstein
Before we offer up tips to write some super-romantic marriage vows for him or for her, we want to emphasize that you can absolutely deliver tear-inducing vows that are not sourced from your own words (check out our posts on some traditional religious vows, non-traditional vows, and funny vows that you may want to recite). If you’re not the writer type or the thought of having to write your own adds too much to your already full wedding-planning plate, don’t worry! The day will still be chock-full of romance and love.
If you want to pen your own wedding vows, and want them to be infused with all the love that’s in your heart, we first recommend reading our top 10 tips when writing your own wedding vows, as these apply to every type and tone of marriage vow. After reading through those tips, here are a few bonus considerations when writing romantically:
Start by answering some questions to help get into the lovey-dovey mood (bonus points: come up with these or share them with your fiancé):
- What are your three favorite things about your spouse-to-be?
- What does marriage mean to you?
- When did you fall in love with them?
- How do you think your relationship will grow?
- What is your favorite memory of a time when it was just the two of you?
- Can you recall times when you were feeling down and the presence of your spouse-to-be helped turn your mood around?
You don’t need to include all of this in your final vows, but answers to questions like these will give you a great start.
Another source of inspiration can be old photographs or memories the two of you have shared. Scroll through images on your phone or on your social media accounts. Reflect on trips you have shared together, dinners you have enjoyed, and holidays spent with family. What memories, feelings, and words come to mind? What moments in your memory are a microcosm of the love you share with each other?
Write out three to five promises you want to make to your partner. You may end up including more in your final vows or you may settle on one perfect promise that you want to highlight, but these promises are the core of your vows, so give yourself time to come up with a few good options.
Speaking of time, we recommend scheduling a block of private time to write out your vows. Don’t think you can jot down some notes on the train ride home from work or while standing in line at the market. Your vows will sound rushed and won’t have the deep, romantic feel you want to convey. Plan to head to somewhere you can be one with your thoughts, whether that be at your favorite coffee shop, a peaceful park, or a quiet room. After all, this may be one of the most important and memorable articles of writing you will ever be tasked to compose.
Your intimate moments with your partner are undoubtedly a crucial part of your relationship, but it’s advised that you leave that kind of romance out of your vows. No matter how beautifully you can write, these sorts of statements tend to make guests uncomfortable and don’t often stand the test of time. If you really feel it’s important to share these thoughts with the love of your life, save them for after the ceremony and reception, when the two of you finally get the opportunity to be alone.
Once you have your vows complete, we recommend placing a copy in your pocket on your wedding day, as well as giving a copy to your best man or bridesmaid for backup. You will have so many events to keep track of and guests to engage with socially throughout the day, it can be easy to misplace your vows. You don’t want to end up improvising your vows after investing so much time to get them exactly right. You should probably also have a tissue or two in your pocket in case you tear up or you make your loved one cry while reading your vows.
Don’t let the time you spent selecting and composing your precise words from the heart go to waste. Why not preserve those beautiful and thoughtful sentiments so that they can be kept top of mind for years to come? Let the love keep flowing! With Minted, you can have your touching vows framed in style through a selection of chic printing techniques. Foil press and letterpress printing can give your words the shine they deserve. Find the style that expresses your love now and in the future.