We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share what they included in their wedding vows. Here are some of the most inspiring submissions:
1. A tribute to the cosmos:
2. This quote from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:
"I paraphrased a line from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: 'If ever two people were more meant for each other, we'll just have to hunt them down, kill them, and bury them in the desert.'"
—Lynne Carpenter, Facebook
3. This lovely portion of an Anne Sexton poem:
"Our vows were part of an Anne Sexton poem, 'Admonitions to a Special Person':
'Love? Be it man. Be it woman.
It must be a wave you want to glide in on,
give your body to it, give your laugh to it,
give, when the gravelly sand takes you,
your tears to the land. To love another is something
like prayer and can't be planned, you just fall
into its arms because your belief undoes your disbelief.'"
4. One of Amy Poehler's greatest lines:
5. A celebration of all things Beetlejuice:
"In my wedding vows, I said, 'I promise to not make you watch Beetlejuice more than twice in a month.' It's one of my favorite movies and I turn it on a lot of the time for background noise when we're home. My husband also put Beetlejuice into his vows, saying that we could watch it once a week. Everyone in the congregation laughed and even asked us if we planned it that way, but we didn't — it's just more proof we're meant to be."
6. Joey's handwritten ceremony from Friends:
"We had the Joey speech from Friends: 'It is a love based on giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. And the love that they give and have is shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love and have…and receive.'"
7. A passage from a Dante Alighieri poem:
8. A Frozen moment that'll melt your heart:
"Me: ...and we will always finish each other's...
"I didn't tell him I was going to say it, but he knew exactly what to say when I did!"
9. A surprisingly sweet section of Hamlet:
"I’m an English teacher, and Hamlet is my favorite Shakespearean play. Although it ends in tragedy, I included lines from Hamlet’s letter to Ophelia:
'Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun (changed this to earth for obvious reasons!) doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
I am ill at these numbers. I have not art to reckon my groans, but that I love you best, oh, most best, believe it.'"
10. The Fraser clan motto from Outlander:
11. Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope's cutest promise:
"Our vows include Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope's 'I love you and I like you' from Parks and Recreation. A great tribute to my absolute favorite TV show and some really inspirational characters."
—Sarah Mosher, Facebook
12. A classic line from Toy Story:
"My husband and I used 'To infinity and beyond' from Toy Story."
13. One of Kevin Smith's most profound lines:
14. A classic quote from baseball history:
"We got married on a baseball field, so I recited the beginning of Lou Gehrig’s famous speech by saying, 'Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.'"
15. A shout-out to Amy and Rory's relationship on Doctor Who.
"Both of us are big Doctor Who fans, so I added a little tribute to Amy and Rory's relationship with this quote: 'You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they're as dull as a brick? Then there's other people, when you meet them you think, Not bad. They're OK. And then you get to know them and…and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personality's written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful. Rory's the most beautiful man I've ever met.'"
16. Or this more subtle reference:
17. A reference to your favorite video game:
"We included references to the video game we play together, League of Legends. I play as his support and he plays the ADC (the main driving force or 'carry'), so we included it. His are: 'I need my support with me all the time. Even if I can't carry all the time, I can count on you to pick me up and carry me through the hard times in life so I can get back up and carry us the rest of the way.'
"Mine are: 'No matter where we may have to roam, I'll always stand by your side. I'll be here to make sure you're fed, strong, and safe. I'll be the one to watch your back and the one to jump to help you when you're feeling weak. Whatever we find ourselves against, I know I can make it through anything when I'm with you.'"
18. Or quotes from several of your favorite movies:
19. A mathematical explanation of why you're meant to be:
"My husband, being an electrical engineer, used math in his wedding vows. He explained, in lengthy detail, an equation that used the number of people on the Earth (about 7 billion), narrowing it down by how many were female, and then further by how many were in a respectable age for him to be with. I can't remember the exact numbers but the final number ended up being roughly 500 million people that his one and only soulmate would be a part of. He said that with a 1 in 500 million chance of finding that one person, he considers himself the luckiest man in the world to have found me. That was the one and only time math made me cry in a happy way."
—Jacquie Timm, Facebook
20. This eternally romantic line from Lord of the Rings:
21. A reminder that love is finding someone as strange as you are:
"Something that was incorporated into many aspects of our wedding was the Brian Andreas quote 'You're the strangest person I ever met,' she said. And I said, 'You too. And we decided we'd know each other a long time.'
"It's goofy and sweet, and so our vows started off, 'You're the strangest person I ever met…' and included promises to attend softball games, spoil the dog, endlessly quote Friends together, and allow plenty of video game time."
22. This sweet line from The Secret of NIMH:
23. And pretty much any Disney movie quote:
Submissions have been lightly edited for length/clarity.