We’ve all binge-watched our favourite romance series on TV. Some of us cried a few times here and there when our favourite on-screen couple gets married. What makes these scenes extra emotional is the promises that both partners declare to strengthen their love for each other. These famous wedding vows from your favourite actors, movies, books and tv shows will inspire you to make yours that’ll last for a lifetime.
Monica and Chandler, from ‘Friends’
Monica: For so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soulmate. Then three years ago, at another wedding, I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I’d ever been looking for my whole life. And now here we are, with our future before us, and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soulmate, my friend. Unless you don’t want to. You go!
Chandler: I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down the aisle, I realized how simple it was. I love you. You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with.
Meredith and Derek, from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
“To love each other, even when we hate each other. No running—ever. Nobody walks out no matter what happens. Take care when old, senile, smelly. This is forever.”
Lily and Marshall, from ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Marshall: There are a million reasons why I love you. You make me laugh and you take care of me when I’m sick. You’re sweet, caring, and you even created an egg dish and named it after me…It’s called “Egg Marshall” and it’s awesome. But the main reason that I love you is that you’re my best friend. You’re the best friend I ever had.
Lily: I love you because you’re funny and you make me feel loved and you make me feel safe. And for our anniversary you gave me a sweatshirt that says, “Lily and Marshall: Rockin’ It Since ‘96”… but the main reason I love you is you make me happy. You make me happy all the time.
The Big Bang Theory: Bernadette and Howard
Bernadette: Like you, this is going to be short and sweet. I love you with all my heart and soul and promise to be with you forever.
Howard: Until I met you, I couldn’t imagine spending my life with just one person. And now, I can’t imagine spending one day of it without you.
Phoebe and Mike, from ‘Friends’
Phoebe: When I was growing up, I didn’t have a normal mom and dad, or a regular family like everybody else, and I always knew that something was missing. But now I’m standing here today, knowing that I have everything I’m ever gonna need. You are my family.
Mike: Phoebe, you are so beautiful. You’re so kind, you’re so generous, you’re so wonderfully weird. Every day with you is an adventure. I can’t believe how lucky I am, and I can’t wait to share my life with you forever.
Phoebe: Oh wait, I forgot! And, um…I love you. And you have nice eyes.
“May you always need one another, not so much to fill the emptiness as to help each other know your fullness. May you want one another, but not out of lack. May you embrace one another, but not encircle one another. May you succeed in all important ways with each other, and not fail in the little graces.”
Brad: Over the more than 21 years we have been together, I have called you many things. Some of the things I have called you I can repeat here. I have called you: my life partner, my significant other, my longtime companion, my lover. Now the California Supreme Court says our Golden State has marriage equality. Beginning today, a dream comes true for me. I can add “my husband” to the list of things I call you.
George: When my mother became ill and no longer could take care of herself, we moved her in with us. And you helped me care for her with the devotion and affection of a true son. So my vow to you is also a tribute to you. As we bind our love with this wedding ceremony, in this form of democracy, in this September of my life, I vow to care for you as you’ve cared for me, cherish you with all my heart, and love you as my husband and the only man in my life. I love you very much.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.”
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Nick: I can’t promise you I will be a perfect husband, but I can promise you that I will always strive to be.
Vanessa: You are the most generous person I’ve ever met, especially with your feelings and your love… I am committed to you always and forever as your friend and as your loving wife. I love you.
Preston Burke to Cristina Yang, from Grey’s Anatomy
Preston: Cristina, I could promise to hold you and to cherish you. I could promise to be in sickness and in health. I could say, till death does us part. But I won’t. Those wedding vows are for optimistic couples, the ones full of hope. And I do not stand here, on my wedding day, optimistic or full of hope. I am not optimistic, I am not hopeful, I am sure. I am steady. And I know that I am a heart man. I take them apart and I put them back together and I hold them in my hands. I am a heart man. So this I am sure, you are my partner, my lover, my very best friend, my heart, my heart beats for you. And on this day, the day of our wedding, I promise you this: I promise you to lay my heart in the palm of your hands, I promise you… me.
“Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can’t control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That’s what it’s like for me. I didn’t plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt that you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I’ll never forget a single moment of it.”
Wedding Crasher: Craig and Christina
Craig: “I, Craig, take you, Christina, to be my wife, my best friend, and my first mate. Through sickness and health, clear skies and squalls.”
Christina: “I, Christina, take you, Craig, to be my best friend and my captain, to be your anchor and your sail, your starboard and your port.”
Maggie: “Look, I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee… At some point, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it the rest of my life. Because I know in my heart, you’re the only one for me.”
Glee: Kurt and Blaine and Santana and Brittany (Double Wedding)
Kurt: “Blaine, I’m a man who’s always lived in the shadows. And everyone who’s come into my life has always tried to pull me out into the sun or push me back into the darkness.”
Santana: “I’ve been bullied, outed, misunderstood.”
Blaine: “I honestly thought that I would never find real love.”
Brittany: “The world’s been so scary and confusing. It was just too fast, made me feel dumb just because my brain worked differently.”
Kurt: “And then you came along. And even if someone had told me that it wasn’t gonna work out and that at the end of all of our struggling and all of our work, it would just end in heartache.”
Blaine: “I would have said yes.”
Santana: “A thousand times yes.”
Brittany: “I would’ve suffered it all just for the tiny chance to be standing up here, marrying you.”
Create your own wedding vows
Always remember that your wedding vows must always come from the heart. Whether you write your own wedding vows or find inspiration in some of our samples above, your partner will accept your feelings no matter what. Wedding vows have a strong impact on your relationship’s growth and your future with your partner.