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writing vows

This is our archive of posts about how to write your vows. If you’re looking for real examples of wedding vows that other Offbeat Bride readers have used, check our vow examples archive, or our ceremony scripts!

Keep it cosmic AND gender-neutral with this space-themed ceremony script (+ READINGS!)

As a queer person, it was important to me to have a ceremony that reflected our values while avoiding language that was cis- or hetero-centric. Our spiritual and philosophical practices and beliefs include both Christianity and Buddhism, and we both feel strongly about the value of secular institutions. On top of this, our wedding was space-themed! With all these things in mind, we decided to write the gender-neutral space-themed ceremony from scratch.

Find your Halloween wedding reading muse with this Nightmare Before Christmas excerpt

Find your Halloween wedding reading muse with this Nightmare Before Christmas excerpt

If you’re a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas like I am, you probably know all the songs by heart. And if not, it’s time to catch up on one of the sweetest parts… (spoiler alert!) Jack and Sally’s romantic song about being simply meant to be. This short excerpt from the movie makes for a perfect nugget of romance in a whimsical setting. Maybe like your ceremony?

Is Bob's Burgers the surprising romantic vow source you need?

These Bob’s Burgers wedding vows are surprisingly romantic

We were ogling this amazing two-dude vintage wedding from last week and had to pull out one tiny ceremony detail that was AWESOME. One of the grooms, Anthony, was able to incorporate the surprisingly romantic Thanksgiving song from Bob’s Burgers into his vows. We couldn’t resist pulling this out to share for your own Bob’s Burgers wedding vows.

Is a marriage mission statement the vow alternative for you -- as seen on @offbeatbride

Is a marriage mission statement the vow alternative for you?

While I adore the myriad of heartfelt, cute, humorous, serious, and geeky wedding vows I’ve seen all over Offbeat Bride, promises of specific behavior didn’t quite fit the relationship philosophies held by my partner and I. Eventually we decided to write a mission statement for our marriage and expand that into something more poetic in lieu of vows. We wanted something that allowed room for the dynamic changes that naturally happen with individuals and with relationships, something broad and philosophical. We wanted a marriage mission statement.

Bob Ross quotes to add some happy little zen to your ceremony

Some of my earliest memories came from my ASMR-filled hours blissing out to Bob Ross’ Joy of Painting. It comes as no surprise to me that the king of zen, the late, great Bob Ross himself, has some mighty quotes from which we can pluck life lessons perfect for wedding vows, readings, and just to chill us out during wedding planning. Let’s grab out proverbial paint brush, beat the devil out it, and read some happy little Bob Ross quotes.

Jane Austen quotes as seen on @offbeatbride #janeausten #wedding

Pledge your troth to these romantic (and snarky!) Jane Austen quotes

Whether your destined for the stoic Mr. Darcy or like me, lamented the passing of your favorite Col. Brandon (we miss you, Alan!), Jane Austen’s characters forever changed many of our romantic sentiments for better or worse. It is a truth universally acknowledged, though, that Jane Austen quotes are always ripe for plucking for lovely and old-fashioned swoon-y sentiment. Let’s pick the most romantic, clever, and even snarky Jane Austen quotes for when we are all fools in love.