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romantic wedding vows

Your wedding will be, quite simply, the most romantic day of your life. The joy and love you feel for your spouse-to-be, strengthened by the warmth and support of your friends and family, is a feeling you will cherish forever. Naturally, many couples want their wedding vows to capture this remarkable romantic spirit.


Whether you’re reciting traditional wedding vows or writing your own vows, you’ll want the words to feel authentic to you and your relationship. To help guide you in the right direction, we’ve compiled some of the most romantic wedding vow examples we could find. So settle in, grab some tissues, and let the inspiration sink in.


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emotional bride reciting wedding vows

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Romantic Wedding Vow Samples - Single Sentiments

“I promise to hold your hand every night and to never let us lose our spark.”

"I vow to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed, and to share in the silence when they are not."

“I vow to be giving and forgiving; to make you laugh and to laugh at myself.”

“You are my guide to love, my every wish, and the person I want to grow old with.”

“You’re my person. You just are.”

“I promise to love you, to be your hearth, to keep a flame alive for you in my heart.”

“When you walked into my life, love walked in, too.”

“Together you and I will make one, one world, one universe of love, ever growing, ever expanding—perpetually and inexorably.”

“I promise to grow with you and build with you a better life each day as we learn from each other to be patient, kind, giving, and to always cherish each day together.”

“I vow to love you as you love me, through all hardship, darkness, and pain to reach for our joys, our hopes, and always with honesty and faith.”

“I promise you my unconditional love, tenderness, and undying devotion, to not ask you to be more than you are, and to love you for being you.”

“I vow to be as much of a rock for you as you have been for me.”

“I promise to be here to wipe away tears of sadness, to elicit tears of joy, and to cry out to everyone who will listen how much I love you.”


Romantic Wedding Vow Samples - Complete Vows

"I promise to love and care for you, and I will try in every way to be worthy of your love.

I will always be honest with you, kind, patient, and forgiving.

I promise to try to be on time.

But most of all, I promise to be a true and loyal friend to you.

I love you."


"I believe in you, the person you will grow to be and the couple we will be together. With my whole heart, I take you as my wife/husband, acknowledging and accepting your faults and strengths, as you do mine. I promise to be faithful and supportive and to always make our family's love and happiness my priority. I will be yours in plenty and in want, in sickness and in health, in failure and in triumph. I will dream with you, celebrate with you, and walk beside you through whatever our lives may bring. You are my person—my love and my life, today and always."


"You have been my best friend, mentor, playmate, confidant, and my greatest challenge. But most importantly, you are the love of my life and you make me happier than I could ever imagine and more loved than I ever thought possible. You have made me a better person, as our love for one another is reflected in the way I live my life. So I am truly blessed to be a part of your life, which as of today becomes our life together."


"You are my lover and my teacher,

You are my model and my accomplice,

And you are my true counterpart.

I will love you, hold you, and honor you,

I will respect you, encourage you and cherish you,

In health and sickness,

Through sorrow and success,

For all the days of my life."


“Today I affirm my love for you, and vow to share my life with you in everything—to respect and love you. You are the most generous person I have ever known—kind, honest, and beautiful/handsome. I take you to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health. From this day forward you shall be first in my heart and our souls shall be together as one.”


“I love your sense of adventure and the way you always brighten my day. I vow to join with you in this journey as your wife with an open heart and to make even the smallest of our accomplishments—eating breakfast or changing a light bulb—into an exciting part of our lives together.”


"I promise to be your lover, companion, and friend,

Your partner in parenthood,

Your ally in conflict,

Your greatest fan and your toughest adversary,

Your comrade in adventure,

Your student and your teacher,

Your consolation in disappointment,

Your accomplice in mischief.

This is my sacred vow to you, my equal in all things. All things."


Famous & Romantic Wedding Quotes

“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.” —Maya Angelou


“The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.” —Julia Child


“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” —Mignon McLaughlin


“To be fully seen by somebody, then, and be loved anyhow—this is a human offering that can border on miraculous.” —Elizabeth Gilbert


“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.” —Lord Alfred Tennyson


“The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It’s a choice you make—not just on your wedding day, but over and over again—and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.” —Barbara De Angelis


“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” —Bruce Lee


“A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.” —Andre Marois


“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” —Arrigo Boito


“When you trip over love, it is easy to get up. But when you fall in love, it is impossible to stand again.” —Albert Einstein


How to Write Romantic Wedding Vows

Before we offer up our tips to writing some super-romantic marriage vows, we want to emphasize that you can absolutely deliver tear-inducing vows that are not your own words (check out some traditional religious vows and non-traditional vows to recite). If you’re not the writer type or the thought of having to write your own adds too much to your wedding-planning plate, don’t worry! The day will still be chock-full of romance and love.


Links:

Traditional: https://www.minted.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-vows/traditional

Non-traditional: https://www.minted.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-vows/secular

10 tips for writing your own: https://www.minted.com/wedding-ideas/wedding-vows


If you are game to pen your own wedding vows, and want them to be infused with all the love that’s in your heart, we first recommend reading our top 10 tips when writing your own wedding vows, as they are applicable to every type and tone of marriage vow. Still, here are a few bonus considerations when writing romantically:

  • Start by outlining some questions to help get into the lovey-dovey mode (bonus points: come up with these or share them with your fiancé): What are your three favorite things about your spouse-to-be? What does marriage mean to you? When did you fall in love with them? How do you think your relationship will grow? What is your favorite memory of a time when it was just the two of you? You don’t need to include all of this in your final vows, but answers questions like these will give you a great start.

  • Write out 3 to 5 promises you want to make to your partner to start. You may end up including more in your final vows or you may settle on one perfect promise that you want to highlight in your vows, but these promises are the core of your vows, so give yourself time to come up with a few good options.

  • Your intimate moments with your partner are undoubtedly a crucial part of your relationship, but it’s advised that you leave that kind of romance out of your vows. No matter how beautifully you can write it, these sorts of statements tend to make guests uncomfortable, and don’t often stand up to the test of time.