Wedding vows that include ice cream, sweet promises and… beating people up

December 8 | meganfinley
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Ice cream, weddings, and sweet sweet words — aren't they the best things EVER!? Photo by White Shutter Photography

We know a lot of you looking for inspiration when it comes to writing your own vows. Sometimes it can be overwhelming and crazy-making to try to and sum up all your epic love for you partner in one perfectly crafted speech that you (quite possibly) will read in front of all your loved ones and a few strangers. So, we thought we'd help you out and, hopefully, get your creative juices flowing with some amazing vows used and spoken by fellow Offbeat Bride readers.

Amanda recently shared with us her husband Pete's incredible vows. They each wrote their own vows, and kept them secret from each other until they read them aloud at the ceremony. Pete had started writing his a couple of weeks before the wedding, but, according to Amanda, "he scrapped his first attempts and wrote something from scratch the day before the wedding. What he said ended up being so perfect and beautiful that I have to share it."

And share it we shall!

Today, I am giving one of the most valuable things I have to give to you. When we met a year ago, I had no idea what would be in store for us in such a short amount of time. Now, I stand here asking for your hand in marriage.

As we go through this adventure together, I pledge myself to you in every way I can. I promise to be your protector, your mate, and your friend.

If times get rough, I will be there to lift you up, be a shoulder, and help you forge forward.

If things get dark and there looks to be no way out, I will be a beacon for you to help you find your way back, just as you were for me.

I promise to stand by your side in times of adversity, illness, and sorrow. Also, to share in the joyous times, to smile and laugh with you, and to never ever EVER stop kissing you.

I promise you happiness in your life. If anyone ever makes you cry, I will beat them up and then buy you an ice cream. And though it will never be my intention, should I ever hurt you and make you cry I will do whatever I can do fix it. I will then beat myself up and buy you an ice cream.

Finally, I promise you myself. I will be there for you whenever you need me and whenever you don't. I will love you completely and utterly.

Amanda, I pledge myself to you fully and wholeheartedly on this day. My heart and my soul are shared with you now, and I willingly give you the gift of my love. I do ask that you treat it kindly, but I promise I will treat you with nothing but respect, kindness, and appreciation no matter the circumstance. I will be your loving partner for every waking hour and every moment asleep, no matter how close or how far apart we may ever be. There are not enough words to do justice, however I will never stop saying, "I love you."

Amanda, I would be honored and humbled to have you as my wife.

Pete, I would be honored and humbled to have you write all of my husband's daily affirmations of love from now on. Bravo, dude! :)

We've got pages of vow examples right here… Anyone else have some awesome vows that wowed to share with us?

  1. oh jeez….crying at work. embarrassment!

    This is so amazingly lovely. Amanda snagged herself a KEEPER!

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  2. Haha, I'm crying, too! So sweet, Amanda, thanks for sharing! I need to begin thinking about vows (and writing the entire ceremony) soon so I appreciate the inspiration. *sniff sniff*

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  3. HUSBAND WIN AMANDA!!

    My vows included ice cream as well because we all know this is true: http://www.bigdandme.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/You_Cant_But_Happiness_Ice_Cream.pdf

    This is what I stated in my vows: We have made a wonderful home for each other in that little apartment on Plymouth Street. Sure, we came to know that neither of us is perfect—You have accidentally sat on more pointy knitting needles than you care to imagine, I'm sure and I also have this horrible habit of eating your ice cream.
    :-)

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  4. truly touching and beautiful!
    thank you for sharing!

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  5. Here were my vows to my husband, used just two weeks ago! There were partly inspired by another post on Offbeat Bride (that I can no longer find, sorry for not being able to credit the original writer), so there are a lot of similarities:

    "I will share my fries with you when you've finished all yours and are still hungry. I will not laugh at you when you fill your boots with water, or spill hot butter all over your pants at the movies. I always make you wear sunscreen, even though you crinkle up your face when I try to put it on you. I will accept that you will never be able to detect the crumbs on the floor. I promise to always have some pepto bismol in my purse. I won't always obey you, nor would I expect you to obey me, because obeying means doing something without any rational discussion and that's just boring. But I will love you faithfully and unconditionally and always respect you, without too much sass. I will never say "I told you so". I promise I will always drink straight from the juice container. I will send you random texts. Not always. Just whenever I want to. Whenever I think you need one. I will check the tire pressure. I will remind you to renew your passport before it expires. I will always give you the last bite of my hamburger. I will hold your hand. I will love you. I will love you. I will love you."

    I held myself together for all of this, until I got to the last I love you and I started to cry. Even the officiant had to take a deep breath before continuing. Later that night, one of my husband's uncles came up to me and said "you had me at tire pressure".

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    • Awwwwwwwwww!!!

      I was good till I got to the third "I will love you" also. Today is my day to cry at work, Damn you OBB!

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    • Tire pressure?! I am sobbing my eyes out. The last bite of my hamburger bit got them eyes leaking completely. Beautiful.

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  6. I started off thinking we'd write our own vows. I'm a poet and my husband is not too good with words so I nixed the idea of writing our own vows. This turned out to be a good idea – on the day off, I was so emotional I could barely raise my voice above a whisper when it came time for vows!

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  7. Laughing and crying at work!!! I'm so glad the girl I share an office with is working from home today and not around to witness the emotion – gorgeous sentiments everyone.

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  8. Very sweet vows. I always recommend, when writing your own vows, to make a list of your mate's most respected and loved qualities and begin there. Be sure to say them out loud, at least to yourself if not in front of a few others, so you know you'll be able to actually say the vows you wrote without cracking (tears or laughter!).

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  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE the part about beating people up and buying ice cream. Thank you for sharing!

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