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Posted on 5 June, 2020 at 4:55

So, you want to write your own wedding vows. Amazing! There is nothing more beautiful than hearing your lover declare their most personal and heartfelt promises to you. Oh, are you a little squeamish about perfecting yours? Have no fear – together, we will nail this. Your soon-to-be (and all your guests) will experience all the warm’n’fuzzy love tingles as you deliver the most breathtakingly wonderful vows.

Where to start? Grab a glass of wine (or your poison of choice, except if it’s before midday on a Monday – then coffee may be your preference) and relax. Or, it’s the day before your wedding – in that case, grab a 4 pack of redbull and get cracking, there’s no time left for relaxing!


1. Let your personality shine through – your fiancé isn’t marrying Shakespeare (which would be illegal, since he’s dead) – they’re marrying YOU! So, just be yourself. Trust me, anything you write will be perfect.

2. After a more traditional structure? Easy - pack it all into a delicious sandwich – you want to make sure you’ve got something to hold and a delectable filling in the middle. Ideas for the sandwich board;

a. Introduce who your partner is to you (pet name, my love, partner in crime)

Matt – my love;

b. Declare love – when or why did you realise they were the one? What do you love about them?

From the time you leant me a jacket when I was inappropriately dressed in the middle of winter – I developed a crazy crush on you. From that moment you were kind, fun and a little bit cheeky.

Because of you, my life is brighter, happier and infinitely better.

c. Make some promises – I promise to always warm up your side of the bed/not to hog the sheets / always give you the bigger glass of wine

I promise that I will laugh with you, play with you and support you in everything you do.

I promise that with every challenge that you face, I will be by your side.

I promise to always warm up your side of the bed, to make sure that there’s enough hot water left for you to shower and to order my own fries instead of eating yours.

And I promise that I’ll always share my trackies with you.

d. Make a comment about your partner on the wedding day

I’ve loved you for many many years, but never more than I do right now. While I can’t be certain of what the future will bring – I can promise you this; a life full of excitement, good wines and plenty of love.

e. Declare love, one more time.

Matt, I promise to love you, day in and day out, for the rest of my time.

3. Find a couple of key words – Try describing your partner in three words (good words, please!). Now, the same for your relationship. Use these words throughout your vows – it will keep them authentic.


4. Make sure you’re in a good mood – Relax, think about why you’re getting married. Got ‘writers block’ you wonderful wordsmith? Take a break. Jot down some ideas and come back to it when you’re ready. If you’re like me, you’ll do your best work in the shower.


5. What do you love doing together? – You spend all week looking forward to red wine in your trackies on a Friday night (can I get an AMEN!) – include it in your vows. Promise to continue making time to do your favourite things together. The more personal, the better,


6. Read it over, out loud. Check that it makes sense, it feels natural and you like the sound of it. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to creating your own vows. There’s only ‘feelin’ it’ or ‘not feelin’ it’.


7. Use me – When you choose me as your celebrant, you’re signing up for round the clock support, help with vows and any other element of your ceremony you would like to chat about! Need someone to bounce ideas off? I’m your girl. And, I’m always happy to include a vow-writing session as part of our meetings.

Think this was helpful? Wait til you see the guide with ALL the suggestions to get you feeling inspired. 


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Kids at Weddings

Photo: Keegan Cronin

If I had a cent for every time I got asked for my two cents on kids at weddings I would be slightly less poor. But in all seriousness, this is SUCH a personal decision. Four years ago, when I was in the height of wedding planning the answer was an easy no. Fast forward to the now and the tables have turned.

It’s not an easy decision, or one that should be made for any other reason except the preference of the people getting married (but hey, that’s my stance of 99% of wedding related things).

But, what I have done is broken down some of the considerations, tips and tricks to help you make an informed decision and also a little bit of a guide of things you can do to make it easier on yourselves.

Before we jump in, I want to preface this with; just because you welcome kids to a ceremony doesn’t mean you have to include them for the reception and vice versa. Your day, your way.

It’s a NO from me – or five reasons why kids at your wedding might not be your jam.

1. The idea of kids screaming or running around during your vows makes your skin crawl

2. If you invited everyone’s kids to your wedding, you’d be way over budget

3. Your wedding isn’t a child-friendly affair – champagne, candles, drunk guests and a banging d-floor might not make the perfect mix for little ones hanging around

4. You’d like your friends and family to have a night off and give them the opportunity to let their hair down

5. You simply don’t want children there. There’s no single reason, you just don’t want it.

… on the flip side …

I can’t imagine getting married without the little loves – or five reasons why kids at weddings rule

1. There’s nothing cuter than watching the little ones in your life break it down on the d-floor.

2. Photos. See above.

3. Those unscripted moments. The innocent comments, the ooooh’s and aaaah’s. These inbetweeners than add to the magic of the moment.

4. You just simply can’t imagine celebrating such a milestone without some of your favourite little people.

5. Have you ever seen the excitement on a child’s face during a first dance? For them, it’s a real life fairytale and all their dreams come true.

6. You don’t need a reason. If you’d like the little ones there, invite them along. Then, it’s up to the individual parents to decide if they want to bring them.

Next week on the blog;

Ok, so we’ve decided to include kids on our guest list – what can we do to keep them entertained AND make sure we/their parents have a kick-ass time.