How can traditional wedding vows be amended to withstand the test of time like the US Constitution? Since our Forefathers penned the first draft, 27 Constitutional amendments have been ratified, keeping the document timely while maintaining the original intent. Can the nuptial pledge meet that challenge?
Perhaps our standard closing wedding statements need some tweaking to abet longevity. Kate Middleton had “obey” omitted from the royal exchange. Rumor has it that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston promised each other, “I vow to split the difference on the thermostat.” Elizabeth Taylor voided the warranty 8 times.
Whether it’s your first time, you vow serially, or you’re renewing, it’s hard to practice what you pledge. No matter how earnest you are on the big day, chances are you’ll want to strangle your partner at least once within 12 months of marriage! Nothing, and no one, is perfect. Love you forever, is a possibility. Love you always, may feel like a stretch at times. I love you often, is realistic. Is it time to update those vows?
Julie and Jennie