WHAT’S IN A VOW

How to Vow Series

Technically, a vow is a promise. But you will find that typical wedding vows include two types
of statements which explain why you love each other, and the promises you wish to declare.
From here on it we’ll refer to these as:

  • “I Love You Because…” (ILYB)
  • “I Promise To…” (Promises)
Hitched by Hannah, vows can be fun! Photo: Keepsake Photo

PROMISE STARTERS

The promises you wish to declare. These ain’t a new year’s resolution. These are promises
for life. Keep ‘em real!

  • I will always give you…
  • I promise to treat you…
  • I vow to tell you…
  • I promise to love you…
  • I promise to respect you…
  • I promise to laugh at…
  • I’ll remember to…
  • I’ll keep…
  • I promise to be…
  • I will never…
  • I promise to always encourage…
  • I promise that we’ll…
  • I vow to…
  • I’ll always…
  • Together, we’ll…
  • When you’re up, I’ll…
  • When you’re down, I’ll…
  • Our future will bring us…
Celebrant Yolande Szery, Photo by James at Luminosity Studios

ILYB STARTERS

I love you because….
This is your opportunity to make them feel super loved and amazing in front of their family
and friends – tell them why you want to marry them!

  • You make me…
  • You give me…
  • Because of you, I see the world…
  • Life is better infinitely better with you in it because…
  • I love the way you…
  • I’m so lucky because…
  • You support me by…
  • I’m proud of…
  • Your smile makes me…
  • I admire…
  • You’ve taught me…
  • I look forward to…
  • I’m crazy about…
  • I value your…
  • I can’t believe that…
  • The first time I saw you, I…
  • I realised I loved you when…
  • We share…
Wonderfully paired by Lucinda Light, Photo: Freethebirdweddings

HOW DO WE STRUCTURE THEM?

You don’t both have to have your vows in the same format, but it does help in keeping them
consistent so that one person isn’t reciting a novel while the other is done and dusted in two
sentences. You might like to agree to each write the same amount of Promises to each other
and the same amount of ILYBs. Also, you might consider giving yourself a word count, say
200 words max. That way, you know you’ll both have vows similar in length. Whatever the
format, if you both do something similar, you’ll be fine.

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Author Bio

Hannah Noller

Hannah is The Celebrant Society’s local leader for Canberra and surrounds. She’s been making marriages since 2014 and prides herself on upping the ante every time she grabs the microphone. She’s well known for her willingness to push boundaries and take ceremonies to the next level, she’s got a Mary Poppins Bag full of tricks! Her enthusiasm is contagious and she’s likely to be more excited about your wedding than you are. She has presented at three of our conferences, always reaches out to newbies to offer a helping hand, and loves coffee dates with Celebs, new and old, to talk all things weddings and how we can do better as business owners.

She sees that celebrancy is so much more than it used to be, we can create with more flexibility than ever before and make it so much more meaningful (and fun!!) Hannah believes our experience and expertise can make or break someone’s special day and is so excited about what the future holds for this industry.