Safeguard your vows by emailing them to yourself before the ceremony #Ceremony Advice#iphone#steal-this-idea#writing vows July 29 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits Lizzy looking psyched to have her vows with her — Photo by Sarah Place Photography Related Post Feed your inner nerd by reading vows from your smart phone If you're anything like me, you're using your smart phone to keep track of your calendar and all your notes and reminders. What better way... Read more A lot of technology-focused couples already read their vows from their smart phone or tablet, but in case you're opting to print out or write out your vows, it never hurts to have a backup in case you forget them. Lizzy ended up forgetting her vows and reminded us why having a backup plan for everything is a smart choice: If you write your own vows, don't forget to bring them with you to the wedding. I left the paper with my vows in the hotel room that I got ready in and didn't realize until about five minutes before walking down the aisle! Fortunately, I'd emailed the vows to myself, so I was able to access them via my phone. They ended up getting written down on a piece of cardboard from a tissue box, since we had no other paper source around! See the rest of Lizzy and Derek's wedding because seriously, how can you not after seeing them in the photo above? But what if you DO forget your vows?! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Holly & Sam's geeky steampunk wedding with pipe centerpieces and steamy cake NEXT Save yourself from these 4 common kinds of wedding photobombers Show/Hide comments [ 5 ] Digital backups are always a good idea! My venue didn't have internet access, so we made all the pertinent files on Google Docs available offline. It's something to consider, just in case you have internet troubles on the day of the wedding! Reply This is great advice for wedding readings too. I say this as someone who messed up the readings at my own wedding and at my sister's wedding. I had told my father in father-in-law that I would provide them with hard copies of their readings before the ceremony. About 15 minutes before the ceremony should begin my FIL asked me for his copy of the reading. I just stared at him blankly and just kinda repeatedly gasped. Luckily, he remembered that I had emailed him the text to review a few weeks ago. We all ran to the event manager's office to print out the email. At my sister's wedding a few years later I was supposed to read a Mr Rogers Poem. But I left the poem back in the hotel room. I didn't realize until the moment the minister called me up to read. And of course I had left my cell phone back in the hotel room too since I didn't want to be tempted by it. If I had just brought by phone I could have quickly Googled the poem. but no I just stood their like a deer in headlights. Reply Yeah… I really wish I had simply emailed my vows to myself or written them on Google Drive. This, because I use the computer provided by my school as my personal computer, and those computers aren't exactly the most reliable things out there. As luck would have it, my hard drive crashed less than a month before the wedding, and I lost the ceremony, vows, and schedule I had written months before. It was easy enough to rewrite the schedule, not as bad as I expected to rewrite the ceremony, and nearly impossible to rewrite my vows. I had spent weeks working on them the first time, as it's hard for me to come up with really significant, meaningful loviness that I don't already say on a regular basis or at other occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.). UGH!!! Reply Very helpful tip! there is so much going on the day of the wedding, nothing like keeping everything handy, especially your vows. thanks Reply This is a great idea, but I consider it the responsibility of the officiant to have hard copies of any words being spoken during the ceremony — be they vows, readings by family members, or what-have-you. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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