Wedding Vows


Poetry for your Wedding Vows

Some non-traditional vows, like the one below, can take a poetic turn:

Like the petals from a rose
Like the grains of sand on the beach
I will always be there for you
To shelter you from the storm
In good times and in bad

I care for you and know that you care for me
You are the love of my life
And I will always see
The joy we will have together.

Some people choose to look toward their favorite authors for inspiration, for example, Maya Angelou captures the joy felt in true love in the following poem:

“We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.”

~Touched by an Angel by Maya Angelou

Even if you do not wish to incorporate the entire poem, you can always take one or two lines and include them if they fit into your ceremony or circumstance of meeting.

Here are some shorter poems to read for inspiration before penning your own:

“Love is friendship set on fire.”
by Jeremy Taylor

“Love is the only flower that grows and blossoms without the aid of the seasons.”
by Kahlil Gibran

“Love does not consist in gazing in each other,
But of looking outward together in the same direction.”
by Antoine de St. Exupery

“Two souls with but a single thought;
two hearts that beat as one.”
by Friedrich Halm


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