How to make your own Mad Libs wedding vows

August 22 | Guest post by Anna Schumacher

You loved their fiery, glittery, lemonade-y wedding unicorn, perhaps you will also love their unique vow-writing exercise that turned into a game for their wedding guests.

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This is what pulling off successful Mad Libs vows looks like

I wanted to write my own vows, and Tim didn't. Here's how we handled it.

First, I wrote my vows:

Tim, on our first date we took a long walk around Prospect Park and I explained to you why you and I would never, ever work out.

Yet for the next few months, even though I insisted that we were not in a relationship and you were not my boyfriend, you stuck around… and one chilly night in a hot tub in a box truck in a warehouse deep in Sunset Park, I gave in and admitted that I loved you.

And then everything got awesome.

Tim, you realized before I did that you're the best thing that's ever happened to me. You are my life partner and partner in crime, my number-one squirrel dance-off buddy and future father of my children. You're the jelly on my bread and the French on my toast, the DJ Unicornocopia at the end of my rainbow, and the First Lady of Gnome Camp.

And I vow to always try and be the best thing that's ever happened to you.

I vow to love you as you deserve to be loved: with admiration, adoration, passion, pragmatism and respect, and to treat you like the man that you are, even when you're wearing spandex hot pants and a sailor hat.

I vow to support your interests and nourish your passions: from hockey to hot tubs to home-brewed sake, up to and including Japanese archery and glowing Santa suits.

I vow to remain loyal to you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I vow to take you seriously when you need to be taken seriously, and to laugh with you the rest of the time: because everything is funnier with you by my side.

I vow to take care of you when you are injured, ill or upset, or just when you forget to take care of yourself. Which reminds me, did you remember to put on sunscreen and drink water today?

I vow to create a household and raise children with you as partners and as equals, sharing the burdens and the joys of being parents to little Elegance and Ellegance Heckermacher, to Gus and Alexis, and of course to our poor baby.

I vow to soak in your hot tubs, dance to your DJ sets and laugh at all of your jokes – even the ones that make me groan.

I vow to remain your partner in crime, creating adventure from boredom, hatching plans and dreaming up schemes that will either make our lives better or give us a great story to tell.

And I vow to remain by your side as we grow old, to decorate your walker with blinkies, clean the drool off your faux fur vest and dance with you to those old-timey breakbeats at the Old Folks' Rave.

Tim, you are not only the love of my life but also the Vice President of Awesome, East Coast Division, and that is not something to be taken lightly. I will uphold my duties as Mrs. Vice President of Awesome and then some. I love you with all my heart, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you.

Then, I took out the details and gave it to him to use as a template:

ANNA, on our first date we ACTIVITY WE PERFORMED ON OUR FIRST DATE and I felt ACCOMPANYING EMOTION.

Over the next few months, we RELEVANT ACTIVITY(S) FROM OUR EARLY DATING LIFE and I realized WHATEVER YOU REALIZED AFTER DATING ME FOR A WHILE.

And then everything got awesome.

You are my SERIOUS THING and SILLY THING, my number-one VERY SILLY THING and future THING THAT IS EITHER SILLY OR SERIOUS, the SAY MANY MORE THINGS HERE ABOUT WHAT I AM TO YOU, MOST OF WHICH CAN BE SILLY, BUT SOME OF WHICH CAN BE SERIOUS TOO.

And I vow, going into our lives together as man and wife, to be WILD CARD — THROW WHATEVER YOU WANT IN HERE, OR LEAVE THIS LINE OUT ENTIRELY.

I vow to love you as you deserve to be loved: with admiration, adoration, passion, pragmatism and respect, and to treat you like the WOMAN that you are, even when you're PERFORMING UNWOMANLY ACTIVITY.

I vow to support your interests and nourish your passions: from ANNA INTEREST OR PASSION #1, to ANNA INTEREST OR PASSION #2, to ANNA INTEREST OR PASSION #3, up to and including TRULY OUTRAGEOUS ANNA INTEREST OR PASSION and OTHER TRULY OUTRAGEOUS ANNA INTEREST OR PASSION.

I vow to remain loyal to you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

I vow to take you seriously when you need to be taken seriously, and to laugh with you the rest of the time: because REASON IT MAKES SENSE FOR US TO SPEND MORE TIME BEING SILLY THAN SERIOUS.

I vow to take care of you when you are STATE THAT WOULD REQUIRE CARETAKING #1, STATE THAT WOULD REQUIRE CARETAKING #2, or STATE THAT WOULD REQUIRE CARETAKING #3, or just when you forget to take care of yourself. [SAY SOMETHING KIND OF FUNNY ABOUT ME NEEDING YOU TO TAKE CARE OF ME HERE. TORN ACL JOKES ARE ACCEPTABLE.]

I vow to create a household and raise children with you as partners and as equals, and [SOMETHING KIND OF FUNNY ABOUT OUR FUTURE FAMILY].

I vow to VERB every NOUN you VERB, VERB every NOUN you VERB, and VERB every NOUN you VERB — even the ones that are ADJECTIVE.

I vow to remain your WHATEVER YOU WANT TO REMAIN TO ME, creating GOOD NOUN from OPPOSITE, BAD NOUN, VERB-ending-in-ING PLURAL NOUN and VERB-ending-in-ING PLURAL NOUN that will make our lives ADJECTIVE or at least OTHER ADJECTIVE.

And I vow to remain by your side as we grow old, to OLD FOLKS ACTIVITY #1, OLD FOLKS ACTIVITY #2, and OLD FOLKS ACTIVITY #3.

ANNA, you are not only ADJECTIVE OR NOUN DESCRIBING HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT ME but also EVEN MORE AWESOME ADJECTIVE OR NOUN DESCRIBING HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT ME, and that is not something to be taken lightly. I love you OPTIONAL QUANTITATIVE MEASURE OF LOVE, and I can't wait to THING YOU CAN'T WAIT TO DO WITH ME, KEEP IT CLEAN BECAUSE YOU WILL BE SAYING THIS IN FRONT OF OUR FAMILIES.

Which of course gave me the idea to create Mad Libs Vows for our guests. On page 10 or so of their program, there were types of words and instructions, then full vows with blank spaces for them to fill in when they opened their favor bags at dinner.

If anyone was bored at my wedding, I will smack them.

PERSON'S NAME, on our first date we took a long VERB around PLACE and I explained to you why FAMOUS PERSON would never, ever VERB.

Over the next few months we PAST-TENSE VERB, and one ADJECTIVE DESCRIBING TEMPERATURE night in a TYPE OF VEHICLE I said EXCLAMATION.

And then everything got awesome.

PERSON'S NAME, you realized before I did that you're ADJECTIVE. You are my ANIMAL and my TYPE OF TOOL, my number-one PROFESSION and the future NOUN of my children.

And I vow, going into our lives together as man and wife, to be the best thing that's ever happened to you.

I vow to VERB you as you deserve to be PAST-TENSE VERB, and to treat you like the ANIMAL that you are, even when you're wearing ARTICLE OF CLOTHING and a sailor hat.

I vow to support your interests and nourish your passions: from ACTIVITY to PIECE OF FURNITURE to TYPE OF FOOD, up to and including ETHNICITY SPORT and glowing FICTIONAL CHARACTER suits.

I vow to take you ADVERB when you need to be taken seriously, and to laugh with you the rest of the time: because ABSTRACT CONCEPT is funnier with you by my side.

I vow to VERB you when you are injured, ill or upset, or just when you forget to VERB yourself. Which reminds me, did you remember to put on NOUN and drink BEVERAGE today?

I vow to create a household and raise ANIMALs with you as PLURAL NOUNS and as equals, sharing the burdens and the ABSTRACT CONCEPT of being a family.

I vow to VERB every NOUN you VERB, VERB every NOUN you VERB and VERB every NOUN you VERB – even the ones that are ADJECTIVE.

And I vow to remain by your side as we grow ADJECTIVE, to decorate your walker with blinkies, clean the drool off your COLOR ARTICLE OF CLOTHING and dance with you to those old-timey TYPE OF MUSIC at the Old Folks' TYPE OF PARTY.

Tips if you want to steal this:

  1. Keep the intro about how you met and why you love each other and stuff pretty short and general, ie "on our first date we ______ and I felt ____."
  2. For the vow part, start general and go specific, like say "I support your interests and passions" and then list them.
  3. Leave a few wild cards in there for your partner to personalize.
  4. For your guests, have fun with the fill-in-the-blanks part: instead of just "noun" or "adjective," get a little more specific in parts where it would be funny. Like animals, types of tools, places, colors. Always pick a couple of each word type and try throwing it in there yourself to see if it makes sense.
  5. For the guest vows, I found it easier to work off of my actual vows than the template I made for Tim.
  6. If you don't want everyone knowing your vows before you say them, just put a word list in the program and the actual vows in the favor bags (or something else they'll find later in the day). Or just put the whole thing in your favor bags or on tables, since I bet not everyone has a twelve-page program.

    • Thank you so much for this! I have been worried about how to capture what to say in my own way. You've given the best template to do this! It's perfect! Thanks :)

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  1. Wow, I thought there'd be a ton of comments! Your vows are wonderful, and I really and truly appreciate you posting them plus the template you made for your husband. This is going to help a lot with getting started on our own. Five weeks away…yikes!!!!!!!

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  2. Ooh that's a good one! Thanks for sharing! I am sure that my Vulcan-like fi will enjoy having a mad lib to fill out to alleve the pressure. Plus we are totally a humorous couple.

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  3. This is wonderful! Humorous yet endearing. I think this will give us a good starting place for when we tackle the task.

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  4. I LOVE THIS. We're using mad-lib vows and putting the templates in our programs, and this gave us some great ideas!!

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