My fiance and I are eloping, and as such I am limited as to whom I can consult for advice and insight on writing my vows. What follows is a draft, primarily based on traditional/civil vows, which include some inside jokes and nicknames, but I believe also demonstrate the seriousness of the occasion. Please provide any comments or ideas, or if you think I should scrap this draft entirely and start over!
To begin, a quotation: How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being? -- Oscar Wilde
I, _______ "[nickname]" ______, do take you, ______, to be my lawfully and love-fully wedded husband; for me to have and to hold, from this day forward; for better-- or for worse; in sickness and in health, until death or Star Trek irrevocably separates us. I will forever cherish you as my best friend and confidant. Together we will persevere through life's many trials and tribulations; you already know that resistance is futile with me: I'm a witch! So, let's enjoy this lifetime together, and let's do as much adventuring as possible while we have the life in us and the time before us.
To end, a quotation: I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all. -- Lord Byron