Planning your wedding vows can be nerve-wracking. You may feel the pressure of having to encapsulate your love into a few lines, speaking for a few minutes at most. The last thing you need is even more stress before the big day. Rely on some of the most romantic quotes in history and pop culture, or build off these words to create your own one-of-a-kind wedding vow.
“Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same… If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”
Emily Brontë’s classic novel Wuthering Heights is strange in that it’s often regarded as one of the most romantic stories in literature, even if the romance between Catherine and Heathcliff is tragic and often unhealthy. There’s no denying how strongly the two feel for each other, though, and the language in the novel is some of most beautiful put to paper. Consider reusing parts of this quote in which Catherine discusses how strongly she feels for Heathcliff in your wedding vows.
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”
Lecturer, activist, and author Helen Keller’s story captivated the world. Ill as an infant, she lost the ability to see and hear, but with the help of her teacher Anne Sullivan, she became a pioneer of education for the hearing and visually impaired and went on to inspire many. Her thoughts on love, filtered through her own experiences and impairments, are truly universal.
“You don’t love someone for their looks, or their clothes, or their fancy car, but because they sing a song only you can hear.”
Nineteenth-century poet, playwright, and novelist Oscar Wilde has many famous works to his name, but this quote about love is one that has stuck around in many a wedding vow and romantic declaration. It shows that although attractiveness and wealth may play a role in romance for many, there’s something deeper to the connection you feel with your betrothed—something that only the two of you share.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me.”
Victorian era poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning is famous for a number of romantic poems, including her Sonnets from the Portuguese collection “Number 43,” more commonly known as “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” However, it’s her quote about what love can do to a person and how love can bring out the best in everyone that proves especially appropriate for wedding vows.
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Screenwriter and author Nora Ephron was responsible for many classic romantic quotes; this line from the movie When Harry Met Sally is practically written to be read before exchanging rings. It’s especially appropriate if you rushed the wedding plans.
“There comes a time when you meet someone and you just want to make them smile for the rest of your life.”
There are plenty of romantic quotes for which there are no attributed authors, but this is among the most beautiful and the most ideal for your wedding vows. It focuses not just on how your spouse-to-be has made you feel, but on how you plan to spend your lives together —always thinking of the other person and always putting your partner’s happiness first.
Of course, your wedding vows should be a reflection of your unique relationship and should have additional meaning to the two of you. Ideally, you would build off of a romantic quote and add to it in your own words. Those words don’t have to sound as classic as these quotes, nor do they have to perfectly capture your feelings. In fact, you can say something like, “I don’t have the words to express how much you mean to me.” The important thing is, you’ll be gazing into each other’s eyes at that moment, and you’ll both feel whatever it is you can’t say.