What better way to write your own vows than by garnering inspiration from your favorite on-screen couples? When you think about it, you’ve probably seen a ton of weddings in movies and TV shows. We’ve gathered a few of the most romantic wedding vows (and a few speeches that could have totally worked as wedding vows) from fictional couples, and even a couple from real-life celebrity weddings, too.
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Sally & Harry, When Harry Met Sally
(PS: These weren’t their wedding vows, but we love them just the same!)
Harry: I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
Anthony & Stanford, Sex and the City 2
Anthony: It was not exactly love at first sight. But it turns out, it was love. You are the first man to accept me for the man that I actually am.
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Paige & Leo, The Vow
Paige: I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not, to agree to disagree on red velvet cake, and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.
Leo: I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love. And to always know in the deepest part of my soul that no matter what challenges might carry us apart, we will always find our way back to each other.
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Bella & Edward, Twilight
Edward: Bella, from the moment I saw you walk up to my station in Biology, you challenged me. You challenged me to be stronger, to be a better version of myself. You challenged me to have faith, in God, in me, and in us. You challenged me to care, to be happy. Most of all, you challenged me to keep you alive. I intend to keep pursuing these challenges. With your challenges and your very existence, you have changed me forever. So I promise my heart, soul, and body to you. I, Edward Cullen, take you, Isabella Swan, to be my lawfully wedded wife, my constant friend, my faithful partner, my love from this day forward. In the presence of God, our family and friends, I offer you my solemn vow to be your faithful partner in sickness and in health, and in joy as well as in sorrow. I promise to love you unconditionally, to support you in everything, to honor and respect you, to laugh with you and cry with you, and to cherish you for as long as we both shall live.
Bella: When I first learned I was going to write my own vows, I panicked. I looked at the paper for hours, no words coming to mind. For in truth, there is no way to describe the way I feel about you. From the moment I met you, I was changed. For the first time, I wanted someone’s attention on me. Only yours, though. The first thing I noticed about you was your amazing good looks and your striking eyes. But it was your kindness, your attentiveness, your sincerity, and your ability to keep saving me from disaster time and time again, that made me fall in love with you. Although that is a poor way of saying it. Because there are no words that encompass they way I feel about you. I give you my body, heart, and soul. I have no use for them anyway without you. I, Isabella Marie Swan, take you Edward Anthony Masen Cullen to be my beloved husband, to have and to hold you, to honor you, to treasure you, to be at your side in sorrow and in joy, in good times, and in the bad, and to love and cherish you always. I promise you this, from my heart, for all of the days of our lives.
Vanessa & Frankie, Madea’s Family Reunion
Vanessa: I never thought that I could meet someone like you. You are my friend. You are my smile. You are my everything. You are a breathtaking reflection of God’s heart for me…of how he pursued me and loved me even when I didn’t love myself. You held my hand in the darkness, and you pulled me out into the light. I love you.
Frankie: You are my light. And it doesn’t matter what happens in this life as long as you’re with me. When I look at you, I know that there’s a God, and that he loved me so much that he took the time to create you just for me. I love you…past my mind…beyond my heart…I love you for my soul. And that’s the space where only you and God dwell.
Michelle & Jim, American Wedding
Jim: You are the one woman I want to be with, and the woman I can’t be without. I love you.
Michelle: I had trouble finding the words to tell you how I feel. And I realized something. Love isn’t just a feeling. Love is something you do. It’s a dress, a visit to band camp. A special haircut. Jim, you’ve given me everything I ever wanted, and it is my solemn vow to give everything I am to you.
Monica & Chandler, Friends
Monica: 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…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.)
Meredith & Derek, Grey’s Anatomy
Written on a Post-it, signed by the couple: “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.”
Donna & David from Beverly Hills 90210
David: When was it that we fell in love? When we were 18? 16? Maybe 10. I don’t know ’cause the truth is I can’t picture a time when 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 that 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 is so strong that I no longer fear being myself. I no longer fear at all. I never thought that I could find someone to love that would love me back unconditionally. And then I realized that although we are often apart, you are always with me, that you are 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.
Topanga & Cory, Boy Meets World
Topanga: I wasn’t sure this day would ever come, but you were. I wasn’t sure love could survive everything we put it through, but you were. You were always strong and always sure. And now I know 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.
Lily and Marshall, 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.
Abby and Luka, ER
Luka: Be my wife. I offer myself with all my faults and strengths. We’ll help each other when we need help and work together to raise our son. I choose you as the person I will love and honor for the rest of my days.
Abby: First of all, I love you. I do. And you’ve helped me through a lot. We got here together with a beautiful little boy. I was thinking of a poem before when I was getting ready. I think it starts, I carry your heart in my heart. I’m never without it. Anywhere I go, you go. I’m probably messing the whole thing up, but I think the end goes, and this is the wonder that keeps the stars apart. I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart. So I guess what I’m saying is, let’s just try to love each other and persevere.
Courtney Love & Kurt Kobain
“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.”
Vanessa Minnillo & Nick Lacey
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.
George Takei & Brad Altman
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 forum 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.
Feeling inspired yet? If you’re still struggling with the dreaded writer’s block, check out our guides to both traditional and non-traditional wedding vows.