How to Write Whimsical or Silly Wedding Vows

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One of the most challenging aspects of writing silly wedding vows is to make your guests chuckle without making the vows trite. You don't want to promise things you cannot or will not deliver; promising always to put the toilet seat down might sound funny at the moment, but chances are you'll break that wedding vow quickly.

Instead, look for qualities about yourself that are funny or amusing—hobbies, habits or stories—that can be incorporated into your wedding vows. Including some humor in your wedding vows can add to your special day full of romance and celebration, all while creating memories and entertaining your wedding guests. Look to your passions for a hint at a whimsical addition to traditional wedding vows.

Whimsical Additions to Vows

Many times, you can use traditional vows as inspiration and add a few personal, whimsical, or funny sentences to bring smiles to your guests' faces.

  • A Tolkien fan may want to include "two rings to rule them all" and a reference to "one fellowship."
  • A sports fan may include a promise to "love and honor during the offseason."
  • A second marriage for a couple may include a promise to "be your last."
  • A corporate power couple may want to add a marriage mission statement to their vows.
  • A hip-hop-loving couple may add a line or two from their favorite non-traditional tune.

Examples of Funny Wedding Vows

Tennis Doubles Partners
"I (Name), take you, (Name) to be my lawfully wedded (husband/wife) and chief tennis doubles partner, for richer, for poorer, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, for when we win and the very, very rare occasion when we lose. I promise to love, honor, and cherish you, to return your serves and do my best not to foot fault. This I vow to you."

When the Jets Are Winning
"I (Name), take you (Name), to be my beloved (wife/husband). I promise to love you and be your faithful partner, for better for worse, for richer, for poorer, when the Jets are winning, and when they are losing, in sickness, and health, and in Jets-induced sickness. I will be true and loyal, and cherish you for all the days of our lives."

When You've Been Shopping—a Lot
"I, (name), take you (name), to be my (wife/husband), to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, for even poorer when I've been shopping a lot, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part."

How to Write Your Wedding Vows With Humor

Whimsical or humorous wedding vows usually include only a few pieces and bits of humor here and there without going over the top and distracting from the main story: the commitment to marriage. Reciting your wedding vows with some funny mentions can relax you on your big day when you are nervous and create a special memory for you and your spouse.

One way to get inspired and write your funny wedding vows is to talk to your partner about them. Sharing your wedding vows at least a month in advance encourages a complementary flow. It may be tempting to keep your wedding vows a secret from each other, but in the long run, it may be best to agree on the tone and content together for the big day. You don't want to go for belly laughs if your partner's vows are delicately romantic.

Take the time to read other wedding vows that contain humor, such as the Dr. Seuss whimsical wedding vows for ideas and you'll be well on your way to personalizing your wedding vows.