How To Write Your Own Vows


Writing your own wedding vows has got to be one of the best ways to add a personal spin to your day. Forget the DIY and quirky reception décor, the ceremony is really where it’s at!

Before you put pen to paper, sit down somewhere quiet and answer the following questions. While there are no wrong answers, the ones that you give will be the perfect jumping off point for some really personal vows and will help you if you get stuck!

Why marriage?

Why do you want to be married over just living together? What does being married mean to you? Security? Having a someone on your team? Commitment? Eternal happiness?

Why do you want to write your own vows?

Is it because you want to make it more personal? Maybe you don’t like the traditional vows? Maybe you have something specific you want to say or promise?

How do you want your partner to feel when they hear them?

Happy, excited, emotional, special?

What is something cute, funny or incessantly ‘them’ that they do?

What do they do that no one else does? What about them makes you laugh or smile? What drives you round the bend about them (but you secretly love them for it)!?


What are your common, quirky interests?

Comic books, music, pets, kids, fashion, Japanese art?! Little references to those interests will make your vows funny, personal and special (“I promise to be the Princess Leia to your Han Solo”, “I promise to never complain about feeding the cat…”)

Do you have any in-jokes?

Your vows are the perfect chance to be 100% yourselves. Do you have any silly in-jokes, words or language that only the two of you use? Do you have pet names for each other?

For example Gareth and I call our anniversary our “marriversary” and instead of asking if the other person wants a cup of tea we say “cup of smee…” as in Captain Hook and Mr Smee… Who the hell knows where they come from but these little colloquialisms will make your vows even more personal!

Was there a defining moment in your relationship?

Have you been through tough times when they were really there for you? Did you have the holiday of a lifetime together? What about the birth of your first child or getting your first fur baby!?

When did you first realise you loved them?

Remind yourself what happened and how you felt. Did you tell them right away or did they say it first?

What five things do you love about them the most?

Pretty self explanatory! Get really specific and try not to be too general. Instead of saying “I love the way you make me laugh”, write down the exact ways that they make you laugh.

Is there something special you want to promise them?

To be their rock… to support their unusual career… to always do the washing up?!


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WIN Adorable Momiji Message Dolls for Your Wedding (Or Yourself!)

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Momiji dolls are my new obsession. The idea is that you give them as gifts to people and add your own message of love – aww! Turn every doll upside down and tucked inside you’ll find a tiny folded card where you can write your own handwritten note, dream or wish. This makes them the perfect gifts for bridesmaids don’t you think!?

It’s hard to pick a favourite myself, but I am pretty drawn to the cutie patootie birthday girl… Loreli Love is a total bad ass, and how about this Cuddle Love Bug!?


Based in the UK, they are a small company of three people, but often work with guest designers from all over the world to create their adorable dolls. To celebrate the launch of their fancy new website, Momiji would like to give one Rock n Roll Bride reader £100 to spend on dolls!

They range in price from £13.95 to £18.95 so the lucky winner will get to choose around 6 or 7 dolls to ether keep for themselves (cheeky!) or give away to the people they love. I personally think they would make awesome wedding cake toppers too!


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Tattoo Lovers’ Rockabilly Wedding

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Kirsty met Oz when she went to work in his tattoo studio. “We’re both tattoo artists and after several months of working together it became apparent that we were meant to be together”, she told me. “Two years in, Oz popped the question. We spoke about our big day regularly, and we saved and saved like mad. After 12 months we decided to bite the bullet and book a date and venue. We continued to save and had some generous donations from loved ones to help us on our way.”

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The wedding was held at Rowton Castle in Shropshire. “Our main inspiration was tattoos”, she continued, “since that’s how we met and is such a huge part of both our lives. Oz’s motorcycle club colours are black and white so those are the colours that we chose to go with and I love polka dots so we threw that in there as well. We also chose to go with a vintage, rockabilly style, which goes hand in hand with the tattooing and polka dots. Everything right down to the wedding favours, which were the temporary tattoos, screamed ‘us’. People were blown away with the attention to detail.”

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Somerset Stone Circle Celebrity Wedding

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I don’t really get that excited by celebrity weddings, but when wedding photographer Woz of Howelljones Photography emailed me and told me he’d shot the secret wedding of Nicolas Cage’s son on an organic farm in Somerset, I was intrigued to say the least! The whole wedding was very low key, super intimate and shrouded in secrecy to avoid the press.

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DanielleDawn and Weston had a pagan ceremony followed by a English pub reception. “I got a call from Nic’s agent saying that there will be a wedding on Monday morning in Huntstile Organic Farm, Bridgwater and I need to be there for 10am”, Woz told me. “I didn’t know who it was I photographing until I got there as they didn’t want the press to get hold of it.”

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“We all had breakfast in the barn then boarded a tractor and it took us to a stone circle high on a hill near Bridgwater. The pagan ceremony lasted an hour, everybody had to drink from the cup and jump over the sacred sticks.”

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Industrial Meets Vintage Glam Wedding

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Bethany and Liz met in grad school and were best friends for two years before they got together. Apparently none of their other friends were at all surprised when they started dating! They were married in November at Georgia State Railroad Museum and they wanted the day to be the “best party for adults ever!”

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“Our goal was to throw the best damn dress up party for adults ever”, they explained. “To accomplish this, we focused a lot on our guests instead of ourselves. We kept the ceremony short and sweet so we could move on to food, drink, and lawn games at cocktail hour. We skipped a lot of the traditional events like cake cutting and super long speeches, so that guests didn’t get too bored. We also held off on the first dance and parents dance until after the eating happened, so our guests didn’t have to wait through hunger pangs.”

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Thursday Treats: MAC Masterclasses, Magazines and Free People Bridal!


WHAT A WEEK! Not only did issue 3 hit the shelves this morning (have you got one yet?!) but yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited to two awesome events. First up was a bridal make up masterclass with MAC.

Now, for a make up junkie like me, when someone from one of the biggest make up brands on the planet emails you out of the blue it’s a pretty exciting day! The rest of the audience was almost exclusively professional MUAs and as senior artist Cher showed us two pretty bridal inspired make up looks, I was mentally making notes of all the new products I’m desperate to buy – OOPS!

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As soon as that was done, I hopped back on the tube and headed over to the Free People showroom in Marylebone for their AW15 press day.

A press day is basically where members of the press (duh!) can meet the team and preview all the new collections. This was the first time Free People have invited me, and I was initially quite surprised, but I love the brand so though “Hey, why not?”

But when I got there my excitement hit record highs because they told me that they are launching a BRIDAL LINE this summer! Oh my lord, the anticipation! I’ve featured many weddings with brides or bridesmaids in Free People outfits in the past, so the fact that they’re now going to have a collection specifically for weddings is such good news. I can’t wait to see the dresses and don’t you worry, I’ll be sharing them (and all the details of where you can see them for yourselves) on the blog just as soon as I can.


Phew, such fun times. How has your week been? Have you nabbed your copy of issue 3 yet?! It’s a goodie, I promise!

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Gorgeous Italian wedding inspiration
♥ These photos and this dress!

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