When it comes to choosing your wedding vows, no one says you have to use the traditional script. Some couples choose to write their own vows to make their wedding ceremony a bit more personal. If you're interested in writing your own vows, why not take a hint from some of the most popular television weddings to ever appear on screen?
Below is a list of some of the most popular wedding vows from television shows over the last few decades. May they inspire you to personalize your wedding vows to speak to who you are as a couple and create a more memorable ceremony.
90210's Donna and David
David: When was it that we fell in love, when we were 18 or 16, maybe 10? I don't know 'cause the truth is I can't picture a time that I wasn't in love with you. I always knew you were the one that could look into my eyes and see my soul. I don't question your commitment to us and I know there's nothing we can't work through. And I accept you as my partner and as my best friend above all others. It's a miracle to find the kind of peace and happiness that you've given me and in honor of that miracle, I pledge before our family and friends to love and to cherish you forever.
Donna: I look at you and I see my best friend, your energy and your passion inspire me in ways I never thought possible. Your inner beauty, so strong, that I no longer fear being myself. I no longer fear at all. I never thought that I could find someone that I could love that would love me back unconditionally. Then I realize that although we were often apart you were always with me, and you were my soulmate. You give me purpose when I feel I have none. Without you my soul would be empty, my heart broken, my being incomplete. I thank God every day that you were brought into my life, and I thank you for loving me.
Scrubs' Turk and Carla
Carla: I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but you’ve managed to erase them all because each and every one of them has led me to you.
Turk: When I look into your eyes, I see the future. I see kids, I see minivans…you name it, I see it. The weird thing is, though, as long as I see your smile, none of that stuff scares me.
Boy Meets World's Cory and Topanga
Topanga: I wasn’t sure this day would ever come. But you were. I wasn’t sure that love could survive everything we put it through. But you were. You were always strong and always sure. And now I know that I want you to stand beside me for the rest of my life. That’s what I’m sure of.
Cory: Ever since I was young, I never really understood anything about the world, and I never understood anything that happened in my life. The only thing that ever made sense to me was you, and how I felt about you. That's all I've ever known. And that's enough! That's enough for me for the rest of my life, Topanga.
The Office's Jim and Pam
Jim's wedding toast: Four years ago I was just a guy who had a crush on a girl who had a boyfriend. And I had to do the hardest thing I ever had to do, which was just to wait. Don’t get me wrong: I flirted with her. Pam, I can now admit in front of friends and family that I do know how to make a photocopy. I didn’t need your help that many times. And do you remember how long it took you to teach me to drive stick? I’ve been driving stick since high school. For a really long time, that’s all I had: little moments with a girl who saw me as a friend. And a lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl who I worked with, but I think, even then I knew, I was waiting for my wife.
Friends' Chandler and Monica
Monica: Chandler, for so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soul mate. 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 soul mate, my friend. Unless you don’t want to. You go!
Chandler: Monica, I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down that aisle I realized how simple it was. I love you. Any surprises that come our way, it’s okay, because I will always love you. You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. You wanna know if I’m sure? (He leans in and kisses her.)
How I Met Your Mother's Lily and Marshall
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.
Glee's Burt and Carole
Burt: I’m not really known for having a way with words. Uh… you know when you’re a kid, adults will tell you a lot of things. But one thing they neglect to mention is how…sad life can be. I lost somebody I loved very much. But Kurt…he lost his mom. And that killed me. Well, we got by, but looking back? I-I want to apologize to you, Kurt. What we were living just…wasn’t living. You know that saying, that when God closes a door, he opens a window? Well, sometimes out of nowhere, he’ll do you one better, and he’ll kick a whole wall down. He grabbed me by the shoulders, and he pointed me towards this woman right here. And he said, “There she is. Go get her.” You’re everything, Carole. Words can’t describe you. You’re everything. And I will love you till the day I die.
Carole: Oh, hey…I’m lucky. Most women, when they get married, they get one man. I get two. One of you saved me from my wardrobe, the other one just saved me. Kurt, you are an amazing person. I’m not only getting a son, I’m getting a friend. Finn…I know you were resistant at first, but I am so proud of you. I’ve watched you grow into a man. But I think I’m most proud that you’ve become a brother to Kurt. We are four people. Becoming a family.
Parks and Recreation's Leslie and Ben
Ben: In my time working for the state government, my job sent me to 46 cities in 11 years. I lived in villages with eight people, rural farming communities, college towns. I was sent to every corner of Indiana. And then I came here. And I realized that this whole time, I was just wandering around, everywhere, just looking for you.
Leslie: The things that you have done for me, to help me, support me, surprise me, to make me happy, go above and beyond what any person deserves. You're all I need. I love you and I like you.
Revenge's Jack and Amanda
Jack: This just goes to show how long this was coming. When we were kids we actually acted out this day. She made me this ring out of a pipe cleaner and insisted that I wear a bow tie. What I remember was a feeling I didn't have a word for. But when I was old enough to recognize it as love, you were gone. But that feeling has stayed with me. You were always in my heart. Amanda, with this ring, you'll be in my life forever.
Amanda: Jack Porter, you are the most incredible person I know. The most kind, loving, and generous. I would say I don't deserve you, but if you've taught me one thing it's that everyone deserves love and hope and security. Without you, I wouldn't have any of these things. With you, my life is complete. With this ring, I promise to cherish you and to honor you from this day forward to the end of time.
Grey's Anatomy's Meredith and Derek
Both: I want to be with you forever, and you want to be with me forever, and in order to do that, we need to make vows, a commitment, a contract. What do we want to promise each other? That you'll love me, even when you hate me. To love each other even when we hate each other. No running—ever. Nobody walks out no matter what happens. That we’ll take care of each other even when we’re old and smelly and senile. This is forever.
The Big Bang Theory's Howard and Bernadette
Bernadette: Howard Joel Wolowitz—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: Bernadette Maryann Rostenkowski, 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.
Glee's Kurt and Blaine/Brittany and Santana
All, in unison:
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 out into the darkness.
Santana: [to Brittany] I’ve been bullied, outed, and misunderstood.
Blaine: [to Kurt] I honestly thought that I would never find real love.
Brittany: [to Santana] The world seemed so scary and confusing. It was just too fast. It made me feel dumb, just because my brain worked differently.
Kurt: [to Blaine] And then you came along and even if someone had told me that it wasn’t gonna work out and at the end of all of our struggling and all of our work it would just end in heartache…
Blaine: [to Kurt] I would’ve said yes.
Santana: [to Brittany] A thousand times, yes.
Brittany: [to Santana] I would’ve suffered it all just for the tiny chance to be standing up here marrying you.
Kurt: [to Blaine] I am a work in progress.
Blaine: [to Kurt] I am a work in progress.
Santana: [to Brittany] I am a work in progress.
Brittany: [to Santana] I am a work in progress.
Kurt: [to Blaine] You don’t ask me to come out of the shadows. You help me move away anything that’s blocking the sun. It’s time for all of us to walk into the sunshine together. Forever. Is that something you want to do?
Blaine: [to Kurt] I do.
Santana: [to Brittany] I do.
Brittany: [to Santana] I do.
Kurt: [to Blaine] I do.
We hope that reading this collection of television wedding vows has inspired you to write your own wedding vows for your big day. Crafting a personalized ceremony will make the day more meaningful and impactful for you and your guests.