(Closed) Self-written vows – how long should they be?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

We based them off words… ours are each 500 words. When I read mine out loud they take like a minute and a half to say.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Ours were pretty brief. We didn’t discuss length prior to hearing them for the first time, but I think they were pretty equal. About 2 minutes each… pausing for tears and laughter.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Good question!! I was wondering the same thing

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

Your vows should be as long as your hearts desire to express your love for each other. If a few words can say it all then, great. If you need to tell your love story then, go for it! They are your vows they should reflect the way you feel and think, just be yourself.

 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

We didn’t do vows but words of love, (why we chose to marry each other).  Our rabbi told us to keep it to one page, size 18 font, (so you can easily read them).  I actually ended up going slightly over the page and writing a page and half.  I think the length was just right. Long enough to get our feeling across but not so long that people were bored.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@redheadem:   Honestly I don’t know how long it took to read them because we were just really in the moment.  I know our entire ceremony with procession and recession and all the other little ceremonies in there only took 28 minutes.  So i couldn’t have taken that long.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

@redheadem:  Sorry, I misunderstood. Well to answer that question correctly. Most of my couples recite their vows between 1 minute to 5 minutes. Usually the couples that take 5 minutes to say their vows are the ones that start to cry. If you and your Fiance are not that type of couple then about 1 to 2 minutes is average.

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