When it comes to saying “I do” you might feel that the traditional vows just don’t represent you and your relationship. Writing your own vows is a more personal option, but you might not feel comfortable doing that (or feel that it’s too much pressure!). Fortunately, there are lots of meaningful poems that can be recited in lieu of vows at your ceremony. We’ve isolated three of our favourite alternative vows for you to consider for your celebration.
“i carry your heart with me” by E.E. Cummings
i carry your heart with me (i carry it
in my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
Apache Wedding Blessing
Now you will feel no rain,
for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there will be no loneliness,
for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons,
but there is only one life before you.
May beauty surround you both in the
journey ahead and through all the years,
May happiness be your companion and
your days together be good and long upon the earth.
“Something” by Mary Barnet
Something has struck a beneficent cord in my heart
I bless the world he says and I,
I experience the bliss
of what is
There are a thousand kinds of kisses
millions of songs
countless poems, written since the beginning
even dinosaur poems perhaps.
my breath in your presence is the deepest of kisses
Life, I love you too much.