Lighten The Mood With
Funny Wedding Vows

Funny wedding vows are a great way of letting your personalities shine through on your wedding day. If you and your partner don't really consider yourselves to be traditional, or great romantics, then your wedding vows shouldn't be either.

If you're both fun and carefree, then why not have your vows reflect this?

If you are considering including some funny wedding vows in your ceremony, there are a few things to keep in mind. Some religions will not allow you to stray form traditional wordings. Stay away from jokes at each other's expense, as well as references that others may not understand.

I knew when I first started planning my ceremony that I would want to include some funny wedding vows. I had no idea where to start. I wanted to say something that was meaningful, personal, but not too serious. Neither of us are particularly romantic, or traditional, so ordinary vows seemed a little hollow to me.

I also didn't like the word 'obey'.

In an effort to come up with something a little truer to our relationship and personalities, I spent days pouring over Internet forums, poetry books and vow collections. Here was what my vows ended up looking like:

Funny Wedding Vows
'I promise to love, honour, and adore you
To be tender with you when you are troubled
And to conspire with you when you are mischievous'

They were personal, and a little bit funny too. However, rather than make all of our vows a joke, we just included a couple of things to give people a chuckle.

At many weddings I've been to I've noticed brides and grooms spicing up traditional vows with their own creative wording. Here is one example that I really liked.

'I, John, take you, Miranda, to be my best friend, partner and wife,
to have and to hold, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer,
in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish from this day forward,
to infinity and beyond.'

While they were mostly traditional vows, I loved the 'Toy Story' reference at the end. Often I hear brides and grooms referencing their hobbies and activities in their vows, especially if they take part in them together.

Here are some funny vows I heard between a couple who enjoyed swing dancing:

'I Michael, take you, Jane to be my wife, best friend, and dance partner,
to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better or worse, good moves or bad,
and to tell everyone you were break-dancing if you ever fall.'

If you and your partner have a hobby you share, you could include it as a part of your funny wedding vows in the same way, be it tennis, golf, or rock collecting. Some couples like to make references to the others habits.

Here are some funny vows I've heard slight variations of a few times:

'I take you to be my lawful wedded wife
Throughout the good times and the strife
To have and to hold if you keep my beer cold
For the days richer and the days we're in debt
Which has been more common since we first met
I promise to love you all of my days
Even though you won't change your shopping ways'

While you might get a couple of laughs from your audience, I personally don't like vows like this. While it's nice to have funny vows that are personal, it's not really nice to begrudge your partner their bad habits, like shopping too much or not doing the dishes, especially on your special day. Sometimes it's best to keep your jokes to the speeches!

There is certainly a place for funny wedding vows at your ceremony. They can lighten the mood, and also help to make your day a little more personal and less cookie cutter.

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