Practice Your Vows


Your wedding is right around the corner - you have your dress, the flowers are ready, and all the other little details are in place. You've spent hours writing the perfect vows.  Now the big question is - will you remember what to say once the time arrives?

Do You Need to Practice? 

Even if you've decided to use traditional wedding vows for your ‘I dos', it's a good idea to practice before the wedding.  Nervousness and emotions can make things a lot more difficult, not to mention the fact that you'll be standing in front of a large audience.  Practicing beforehand will ensure that the words you need to repeat don't sound like Greek when they come out of the officiant's mouth and will also help you add the right tones and nuances to your words.

If you and your fiancé are reciting custom written vows, practice is even more vital.  You definitely don't want to forget the most important lines of your life in front of everyone you know!  Whatever types of vows you've chosen, you need to practice them before the big day.  The length, the originality, and the method of delivering the vows will determine just how much practice you need.   

The Road to Perfection

Practice makes perfect, or so they say.  These practice tips will help you and your fiancé feel as comfortable as possible with your vows and will minimize the chance of embarrassing mistakes during your ceremony:

  • If at all possible, practice your vows together. If you want to surprise each other with your special promises or can't get together for a run through, borrow your maid of honor or your mom.

  • Say your vows in front of a mirror. Watching yourself speak will ease some of your anxieties in front of a crowd and can help you control emotions a bit more.

  • If you're memorizing your vows, work on repeating small sections as you practice without your notes. You may want to provide a copy to your officiant before the ceremony in case you find yourself in need of a cue.

Your wedding vows are the words that represent the love between you and your husband-to-be and are the foundation of your new life together.  Remember this when it comes time to deliver your vows and speak from your heart.  Practicing will make a huge difference in how comfortable you feel but no amount of practice can eliminate the emotions involved.  If you find yourself stumbling over your words during the ceremony, simply improvise - your love will be obvious! 

Last Updated: December 30, 2008 at 8:08 am
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