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It’s awesome when couples write their own vows but not everyone is a poet. Here you’ll find a range of vows from various sources to help you communicate how you feel about your partner to the rest of the world

These are REAL vows

Google can provide you with plenty of inspiration, but these are word-for-word the vows from real couples that I’ve stood between.

They’re filled with inside-jokes, short anecdotes and names that may not make sense to you, but can give an idea of what works well.

The titles are the names of the people that the vows are about. Surnames have been removed for privacy, but this might just help remember which ones you like!

These are REAL vows

Google can provide you with plenty of inspiration, but these are word-for-word the vows from real couples that I’ve stood between.

They’re filled with inside-jokes, short anecdotes and names that may not make sense to you, but can give an idea of what works well.

The titles are the names of the people that the vows are about. Surnames have been removed for privacy, but this might just help remember which ones you like!


It’s been 1029 days since we first met on a dating app called Coffee Meets Bagel…and even to this day, I still don’t know who was the coffee and who was the bagel. But one thing that I do know is that on this ridiculously named dating app, I found my best friend, my soul mate, my life partner and my wife – I found you.

I don’t think I fully understood the meaning of love until I met you, you are the love of my life and make me love and feel loved more than I ever thought possible — from caring for me after my ACL surgery to cutting fruit to eat because you know that’s something I never do, from leaving your life in Sydney and moving to Melbourne to making sure my lunch for work is in my bag every morning because I’m still asleep. On the day I proposed to you, I said that I loved you more than you know, but I realise that I love you more than I know myself.

As your husband, I promise to respect you, appreciate you and support you in your dreams and ambitions.

I promise to stand by you in life’s happy moments and when life challenges us. I promise to make you laugh and fill our home with love and joy. I promise to pick groceries with the longest expiry date…even if we are going to use it that same night. And I promise to grow old gracefully together.

I am so lucky and happy that you are the person I get to share this life with. Today is the first day of the rest of our lives together and I can’t wait to spend today and all of my tomorrows with you.


Tom, you came into my life as a surprise when I least expected but it was the perfect time. From the day we matched on Coffee Meets Bagel to meeting you on the first date, we got on like a house on fire and the rest is history.

We survived trials and tribulations from dating during a global pandemic, to having a long distance relationship with sudden border closures, and to me taking the leap of faith of moving to a new city to start a life with you. These challenges pushed the boundaries of what we can endure and you have shown me that I can always count on you through the good times and the bad. This has brought us closer and stronger as a couple.

Initially, you were an iceman expressing very little emotions. Over the past 2.5 years, you’ve opened up your heart to me. As your wife, I promise you my heart is and always will be yours.

I also:
– promise to be your nurse when you are unwell or if you tear your right ACL
– promise to be your sous chef when chef Wang is in the kitchen
– promise to stick by your side through thick and thin even when you release the stinkiest fart
– promise to wake up next to you even when you find the need to set gazzilion alarms to get yourself out of bed

Tom, you make me the happiest person and I’m so lucky to have found someone as special as you. I love you unconditionally for all that you are and will be. I can’t wait to grow old with you, holding your sweaty hands every step of the way.


You’re my best friend, companion, soon to be wife, and my boo. We’ve travelled the world together, but as thrilling as it is to go on adventures with you it’s more than enough for me to just share nights on the couch with ice cream watching TV; you are all I need. We’ve already done so much together over the past 10 years,

but we still have so much more to do and I can’t wait. I will always strive to be the best I can be for you, but let me say you are already perfect to me.

I can’t promise I’ll remember your birthday, but I promise I’ll keep trying forever.


Francis; They say opposites attract and I think we’re living proof. You are the modesty to my drama, the calm to my storm, the Cap to my Peggy.

Your humility, your intelligence, and your integrity inspire me every day to be a better person. I love everything that makes you, you.

As far as vows go;
– I can’t promise I’ll ever be quiet
– I can’t promise I won’t interrupt suspenseful moments in every movie to ask for plot clarification
– And I definitely can’t promise that I’ll ever remember to turn off the oven when I’m finished cooking

What I can and will promise you is that I will spend the rest of my life trying to be the partner, the comfort and the wife that you deserve. I promise to laugh with you, cry with you, encourage you, support you and love you forever.

You are my favourite person, my best friend and my boo, and I am forever yours.


Babe, from the moment I first met you I knew I was crazy about you.

You are beatiful and kind, funny smart and caring. You are the mother of my children, my best friend and the love of my life.

I promise to love you when life is easy and also when its hard, when our love is simple and when it takes effort.

And I promise to do this until my dying breath.


It’s been a long 10 year journey to get here and I would have waited 10 more for you.

From the moment we met in your little skimpy skirt there was something different about you that called to me.

You are the love of my life and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for our family.

I promise I will always be faithful, support you in everything you do, be your partner in crime and I’ll continue to love you with everything I am and have forever and always.


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Carol, I promise to love you, to be your best friend, to respect and support you, to work together with you to achieve our goals, to accept you unconditionally, and to share life with you throughout the years.

I also promise to squeeze the toothpaste from the bottom of the tube, to take out the garbage, and clean up after Moto when you’re just not feeling it.


Ravi, you are my best friend. In the wise words of Winnie the Pooh, “any day spent with you is my favourite day. So today is my new favourite day.”

I promise to love you, always make you laugh and to laugh together. I also promise to attend all soccer games with you in the future, so you’ll never have to sit alone.


Bianca, from the moment we held hands for the first time walking along terrigal foreshore after months of talking, to having our first Christmas together, to having our first 4wd trip together, to accompanying me on a cruise with me for 12 nights, seeing me on my best behaviour while we were on the cruise then saying I love you to me after all that.

I knew then you were the woman I wanted to marry and spend the rest my life with you. You have made me the happiest man on the world today by agreeing to share your life with me. You know me better than anyone else in this world and somehow still you manage to love me.

With that being said:
I promise to cherish and respect you.
I promise to care for you and protect you.
I promise to comfort you and encourage you.
I promise to always be the type of father I already am to poppy and our future child.
I promise to never lose our spark and to always do the little things to make you happy
I promise to be with you for all of eternity.

You are my best friend and one true love.


Rhys I feel overwhelmingly lucky and proud to be standing beside you today to become your wife. You came into my world when I leased expected it. I was hesitant but you were persistent and now we are here.
You have given me the greatest gift it life and something I dreamt about for so long a family of my own our beautiful daughter Poppy

Of all the people you’ve met on your journey and of all the places you’ve been, somehow and someway, you ended up here with me. It is the most powerful and humbling fact that I accept.

I Promise to not only listen but to hear you
To never rush the moment and to live in the now
And I promise to be your biggest fan and partner in crime.
I will also be the most competitive player with you even if it is only throwing a kids little ball.

You are my beginning middle and my end. I love you.


Connie, it has always been you, I love you, and for 10 years I have always loved you. I promise to give you every ounce of effort and energy that I have. I promise to laugh, cry, dance and fly with you. I hope that 10 years turns into forever, and I promise to never stop showing you how perfect you are. I love you, and I am so proud of you.


My darling, I promise to be your biggest supporter, to treat you as an equal, and to stand by your side so you are never alone. I promise to care you for, to believe in you, and to cherish you and the life we have built together. I love the person you have been, the man you have become, and the husband you will be for the rest of our lives. You are sunshine in human form and you make me want to be a better person every day. I am so proud to call you my best friend and my husband, and the best thing I will ever get to do is to continue loving you


From the moment I swiped right I knew there was something special about you. You soon proved me right and really made me work to show I wasn’t just playing around. I didn’t plan on falling in love with you but I realised pretty fast and we soon became inseparable.

I never really understood why people wanted to rush home after work, now it’s the part of the day I look forward too most. Coming home to my little family of you and Frank.

I love the way you make my coffee perfect every time, you put toothpaste on my toothbrush every night and most importantly that you always know how to put a smile on my face.
I will never forget our first kiss, it was spontaneous and so romantic in a back alley behind The Beresford and that feeling of butterflies hasn’t gone away.

You have taught me so much about myself, you taught me to appreciate the little things like our egg days and sleep ins and of course the importance of scrubbing my underarms 10 times on each side.
I promise to try and take my socks and undies out my pants when I put them into the washing basket. I promise to always make sure the fridge is closed before we go to sleep, to walk down every aisle when we go shopping and that we never go to bed angry or without a goodnight kiss at least 3. But most importantly I promise to always look after you and be by your side through anything we encounter.

I Love you, Ill never stop loving you. You’re my best friend and my life would honestly suck without you I cant wait to spend forever with you.


Here’s a little story about how we met. We met in late 2019 and if I can be completely honest I was not at all interested in developing any kind of relationship with anyone – I had a once in a lifetime trip planned to have a working holiday in New York. I didn’t want anything or anyone to stand in my way or distract me from accomplishing my dreams.

Fast forward a few months and we hung out a couple more times then decided to plan a weekend away as we both happened to have the same few days off. I was very reluctant to go but god I’m glad I did. From that weekend forward of March in 2020 I don’t think we spent anymore than a few days apart before moving in together and getting engaged. Although I didn’t get to go on the trip of a life time due to the world pandemic I won so much more meeting and getting to know you.

So here to the sappy and lovey dovey stuff.

Renee – I promise that today, tomorrow and for the rest of my days I will walk through this crazy journey called life side by side with you.

You caught me by surprise and you taught me how to love and trust again and I couldn’t be more appreciative and thankful.

Thank you for always cooking my favourite meals just the way I like them and cooking the chicken and making it dry, just so I’ll eat it.

Thank you for making my horizons broaden and giving me a different outlook on life.
Its pretty cool knowing that I’ve been adopted into your large and loud Italian family. Large in quantity, not their sizes – just to clarify.
Even thought I don’t know what they’re saying half the time, as they’re yelling so loud across the room in Italian the experience is fun?

Thank you for always putting me even before you put yourself.

I promise to love you whole heartedly. To care for you when you’re sick and to always make your coffees just the way you like them.

I promise to always eat the orange lollies so you don’t have too but you will have to have all my black cats in return.

I promise to always drive in the rain so you’re not scared. Even if it means driving the whole way to port Macquarie.. does this ring any bells?

You’ve brought so much love, happiness and joy into my life. Here’s to forever. Shantay you stay.

Anyway, I love you. I’m finished.


Laura, I still can’t believe how lucky I am as I remember that day nearly 8 years ago when I watched you walk into my life for the first time. From almost minute 1 we were laughing and smiling, as we have done so every day since. Today, I marry my best friend.

Whether we are together or whether we are apart, my feelings for you have only grown stronger. You always find a way to make me smile and feel loved. I will never forget how you made me feel when I had to spend my birthday in San Francisco, and I came home from work to find a present delivered to my hotel room, or when I unpacked my bags on my first visit to Australia to find you had hidden a beautiful letter to me to greet me when I land.

Saying that, the things I love most about you are the little things, the big hugs you give me on a daily basis, your honesty, your banter, that we can be silly with one another, and that you listen and take an interest in things important to me like the Fulham scores, even when it feels like they are playing every day
I love that you are passionate and always driving me to be the best version of myself. You push me forward when I need that bit of encouragement and pick me up when I am falling. I vow to always be there to do the same for you.

As one of your favourite songs says, Soulmates aren’t found, they are made. With every challenge we have faced I believe our relationship has come out stronger for it, and my love for you only grown deeper. You are passionate, caring and I know you will do anything for your loved ones. Even when we bend, I know we will not break. I love you, and cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with you.

And so, I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, Steven, take thee, Laura, to be my lawful wedded wife, my constant friend, my faithful partner. I solemnly promise to love and honour, protect and respect you for the rest of my life.

I vow to always be there for you. To laugh with you and cry with you. I promise to take care of you, to hold you, to cherish you and to stand by you. I promise to grow with you and to chase your dreams with you. I promise to always do what I can to make you smile, to stay silly and to never take ourselves too seriously. But most importantly, I promise that I will always put you and us first.


Our life together so far has been a journey, and one which in the grand scheme of things is still just beginning.

Beside you is where I feel safest, and with you is where I can be my true self. In your arms is where I feel at ‘home’ and I know that, as long as I’m wherever you are, I won’t feel homesick.. You give me the security and encouragement to try new things, confront my demons, and to explore who I am and who I want to become. You are my rock and my constant when it feels like everything else is going belly up, and I know you’re always there with a cuddle, a dance or a way to make me laugh at the ready.

I know that you accept every part of me; the good, the quirky, the bad, and the very darkest corners. I know that you’ll evolve with me and accommodate me as I change throughout the years. That’s certainly been put to the test already over the last 8 years(!)

I know that whatever hurdles we run into, we’ll work through it together. It might not be pretty, or easy, but I know we’ll get there eventually, just as we have so far.

You support my every whim, from turning vegan, to coming home with 13 mice when you only agreed to 4, or kayaking down a river in the rain in the middle of nowhere for 5 days straight just for ‘fun’.

I can’t wait to see where this life takes us. It’s already taken us to Sydney, given us 31 fur babies, and gifted us so many adventures that I would never have imagined.

And so, I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, Laura, take thee, Steven, to be my lawful wedded husband, my constant friend, my faithful partner. I solemnly promise to love and honour, protect and respect you for the rest of my life.

I promise to keep giving you firsts, challenging you, to be your partner in adventure. I promise to make you smile and laugh all the time. I promise to encourage you, tease you, and to always have your back. I promise to be close enough to support you, whilst giving you enough room to find your own way and to develop yourself.

I will ask for help when I need it, and offer help when necessary. Let us be friends and lovers, and grow old together. And let us make all the years of our lives together be the best years of our lives. For now and forever.


You, Emily, have made me feel more loved than I ever thought possible.
On this revolution of the sun, I give you all that I am, and certainly all the weird that I may be.
Just as I give you my hand to take you on another adventure, I give you all of my heart, my faith and my life.
I chose you 7 and a half years ago to yesterday, today, and again tomorrow.
I would go on choosing you the day after, and every day for the rest of our lives.
I have had the dream of this day and the many days ahead of us.
“Follow the dream, and always the dream, and only the dream.”
And follow I shall.
As we travel through space and time, I will support the woman you are today, the wife you will be tomorrow, and the person you hope to become.
I am truly excited to experience the magic of who you are, forever.
I love you Emily.



You came into my life when things were going at full speed. You supported me through the end of my degree and the start of my career and have continued to do so through a lot of our own life Ups and downs. In the past seven years I feel like I’ve learnt ..most ..of your little quirks, the good and the bad, and have waded through life’s big adventures. From new careers, buying our house together and you becoming a very loving and devoted dog dad. I couldn’t think of anyone better to have gone through life’s trials and tribulations.

In many ways we are complete opposite. You have patience when I don’t. You have compassion where I may lack the same. You hold the belief that everyone is good and everything is fine, almost to a fault, when I have slight cynicism and am not afraid to get some Karen out if I think someone is taking advantage of you. I love our opposites, I love how they work so perfectly together and most of all, I love you.

I promise to try my hardest not to lose my cool when we argue, and understand we have different ways of communicating.

I promise to not get frustrated when we see things from different perspectives and realise we come from very different backgrounds.

I promise to support you when common sense flies out the window and you decide to make the 100m sprint to the backyard and not the bathroom 2m away to tacvom after a night of drinking.

I promise to continue the balance of us, to continue to laugh with you, and to continue our adventures and escapades as your partner in crime. Above anything else, now as your wife, I promise to love you through whatever life throws at us and make the absolute most of our time together.


The words “I love you” seems to be a phrase I use far too lightly to attempt to summarise the crazy and infinite way I feel about you. They don’t even begin to describe to you, how full my heart is, how much I think of you, or how much you mean to me.
In your words, and simply put – I feel as though they don’t quite “cut the mustard”.
SO – When I say the words I love you, I’m really trying to tell you that you are my rock, my home and my everything.

Your love has shown me endless emotions, but most significantly it’s offered bucketloads of laughter, constant support and of course – countless terms of endearment or nicknames.
So Thank you muffin, for loving me whole heartedly, with all my faults and allowing me to know what love and great happiness really is.

Sam – you is kind. You is smart and you is beautiful. You make me want to be a better person and eventually grow a family with you. I promise to tackle the world, and all our challenges together, hand in hand. To lend my ongoing support and shoulder to lean on when (and when you don’t) need it. I promise we will share in laughter for the rest of our lives – throughout the highs, the lows and the ever cringy Simpson quotes you so love. I promise to have a listening ear, throughout the hardships, the tears, the triumphs and (sometimes lame) work stories. I promise to compromise with you to the best of my ability – especially when cutting cakes into grids, changing pillow cases every second night and meeting you at least one third of the way in our disagreements. Lastly, I promise to love you, honour you and cherish you for the rest of my days, even when we are old and wrinkly.

Sam – You are my bestest friend, and today I am so proud to be called your wife. I can’t wait to share in all out tomorrows together. I love you


My little Zoe Rose,

From this moment, I take you as my best friend and P.I.C for life.

I love everything that makes you, you. The warmth of your smile, the colour of your eyes, and the sound of your laugh are forever etched in my heart. You are the kindest and most caring soul I have ever met.

In your eyes, I have found my home. In your heart, I have found my love. In your soul, I have found my soul mate. With you, I am full, alive and complete. You make me laugh. You let me cry. You are my muffin, and my every heartbeat.

Everything in me recognises you as home, and home is wherever I’m with you. I caught you out at craggy cricket, while you caught my heart out.

I see these vows not as promises but as privileges.

Zoe, you are my best friend and I love you unconditionally and without hesitation. I promise to laugh with you, cry with you, and grow with you. I will love you when we are together and when we are apart. I promise to support your dreams and to respect our differences, and to love you and be by your side through all the days and nights of our lives.

I accept you, as you are and I offer myself in return. I will always be your number 1 supporter and your biggest fan. I will be your rock when you are down and your step to lift you up. I will even give you the last bit of my waffle cone even though it is the best part.

I will love you forever and cherish this day but my love for you will grow stronger every day and I will always be your muffin.


The universe is billions of years old, and on that day long long ago so were the atoms that make up everything I love about you. You’re made of stardust and wonder, and sometimes I like to think of all the things that have had to happen since to put you and I in the same place at the same time to first become friends and then to fall in love. The odds were so big against us even existing, and look at us all now here in this room.

I talk a lot, probably 10 times the words a day than anyone else we know, and yet I cant fully find the words to explain how much of an honour its been to watch you grow into the man you’ve become, I’m so proud of your strength and of your softness when faced with incredible losses, and how supported me through mine. I have a hard time with choices, but the choice to love you is effortless and its one I’m always going to make.

Thank you for the most incredible 12 years, our entire adulthood of you and me. Sorry for the engagement jokes the last few years, but thank you for speed running planning this day with me. Thank you for being my concert plus one, for sharing your favourite bands with me, thank you for every car sing along and thank you for helping me follow along with your endless movie and gaming knowledge, I’d be so lost without it. Thank you for watching John Wick with me every Christmas, and sharing your family with me for the holidays.

I’d do my entire life again to end up where our paths crossed for us to end up here today, with just our biggest loves (and this guy; Ash) present I promise to love you until the universe cools and spins itself to its end.

I promise to be by your side cheering you on, supporting and loving you just as you’ve loved and cheered and supported me these last 12 years. I promise to catch you, hold you and be your warm landing after a hard day, and to be the best forever concert plus one.

I promise to always think its a good idea to order pizza. I promise to probably always complain my feet are cold in bed, and to be your sleep over buddy when we’re old and grey(er).

I’ll be by your side holding your hand (and probably touching your butt) though the best of days, and the hardest of days, I’ll be by your side as our fur children grow and age from the tiny chaos babies they are to the old grumpy babies they’ll become. I cant wait to see how clingy Greysons going to become with his papa, you truly are the best cat dad (sorry Jimmmy) and I am so thankful for this family with you, its a more perfect than I could have ever dreamed of.

You are the quiet balance to my chaos. I love you, and I’m so honoured to be your wife and to have you as my husband.


From the moment I met you, I knew you were the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. During our first date at our now favourite Mjolnir over four years ago, it was clear that we shared so many of the same values and dreams for our future. Values such as the importance we place on our relationships with family & friends (of which we are lucky to have so many). The value of education and lifelong learning. The value of our health, both physically, mentally, and emotionally. The value of our careers, yours to tell stories and mine to hear them. The value of adventure and spontaneity, of doing things never done before.

But also the dreams. The big dreams such as staying at and wandering the halls of the Palace of Versailles. Big dreams such as travelling to the Great Pyramids of Giza and winding our way up the Jordan River to the Ancient City of Petra. Big dreams such as you directing your first major film and seeing it applauded from a sold out crowd. Big dreams such as owning our forever home in the Byron hinterlands and creating our own sanctuary for ourselves and those we love.

But also the small dreams. The small dream of snuggling up by a fire with our favourite books, of holding your hand in the quiet moments, of having two dogs named Achilles and Odysseus, of basking in the sun in a meadow surrounded by wildflowers, of bringing you close to my chest when the world seems dark and unfair.

The world has been particularly dark and unfair of late. Cherished pets that we had loved for the majority of our adult lives are no longer with us. Family members who have been such a strong source of support for us who now need us to support them. You have always been the person to shoulder such darkness and unfairness, because you are the strongest of us, the best of us. But even the strongest and best of us need someone. Someone to hold them up and help them take the next step. To be held and to be told that everything will be ok. The Oliver to your Elio, the Rhysand to your Feyre, the Aragorn to your Arwen.

My promise, my dedication, and my solemn vow to you is something simple yet true. To give you all that I have, and to do everything in my power to create the life you deserve, from now until forever.


Every person here knows that I don’t write birthday cards. I don’t write Christmas cards. I don’t write wedding cards. I don’t write any cards. When a card must be written, it is immediately absorbed by Charles and spat back out full of warmth, love, and easier to read handwriting. This has worked out well for me right up until… this very moment.

I guessed it would be frowned upon to ask Charles to write my vows for me, so here I am- like a chump- writing my own vows- and reading them OUT LOUD- without using even Chat GPT to help me out. I’d like to make a public service announcement that the only reason I DIDN’T use Chat GPT was because I use Charles’ account and he would have found out and seen my embarrassing AI prompts.

I stand here before you all- and vow this. Friends, romans, countrymen, lend me thine ears, for this shall be the first time you ever hear me be an absolute sook. When I met Charles, I don’t think I really believed in love. I believed in the notion of love- the things I’d read about and seen in movies. The things I’d listened to in songs- mainly Taylor Swift and the Twilight soundtrack- or seen on stage with actors in wonderful costumes.

I was a hopeless romantic who’d never felt true love or been loved truly. Not really. Every time I’d been in a relationship, everyone around me would say ‘it shouldn’t be this hard- it should be easy.’ But I never knew what they meant. How could love not be hard? Isn’t that what it was meant to be?

Let me tell you- as soon as I saw this 6”1 Islander GOD walking down the steps to Mjolner and looking, frankly, 100x better than he did in his Bumble photos… I thought ‘I bet… I bet loving him would be easy.’ And it was. It really, really was.

Charles, loving you and being loved by you has been the easiest thing I’ve ever had to do. There has not been one moment in the last five years where being with you hasn’t been the most natural thing I’ve ever done- more natural than breathing, more natural than dreaming, and definitely more natural than the countless mLs of filler I’ve had put in my face because I’m terrified of aging.

You inspire me: you are the smartest person I know. Your mind is the most wonderful thing I’ve ever experienced. Since meeting you, I discovered my style as an artist, a photographer, a director, and a person.

You thrill me: you encourage me to take risks and do things I would normally be frighten of. Whether that’s experiencing 5Gs in a jet, partaking in 10k military obstacle courses, or simply reach out for help when I needed it. Caveat: whilst writing this, I asked Charles ‘what’s something I’ve been scared to do but then you encouraged me to do it anyway’, thinking he’d say something Tom Cruisey, but he replied: ‘get therapy’.

You love me: this is something I’ve never been certain about before you came along. It’s no secret that my greatest fear is someone I love leaving me. I don’t have that fear with you. I’ve never had that fear with you. I don’t think you realise how massive that is for me to say. There is not one part of me that doesn’t believe with all my heart that you love me.

You have supported me through so much and, now, you are supporting me through one of the toughest periods of my life. I will never stop being grateful for you, and I am HONOURED to call you my boyfriend, my fiancé, and now, my husband.

No measure of time with you will be long enough, but we’ll start with forever.


Your vows MUST contain the expression:

I, A.B, take you C.D, to be my lawful wedded husband/wife/partner

(or words to that effect)