There are so many details that go into wedding planning and you don’t even realize it until you are standing in the lumber aisle of Home Depot with your fiance, having a serious conversation over which type of wood would make the best clipboard backings for vows. SO MANY DETAILS. Or maybe that was just us? (Ha!) Either way, I felt like the creative decision making process didn’t end until the wedding was over. It was exhausting, but in the best way possible.
For our vows, we decided to make our own clipboards using thin sheets of wood and bulldog clips. Thanks to my dad’s power tools, cutting the wood down to an appropriate size was easy. Once I had the three pieces cut out (one for me, one for John, and one for our officiant), I applied a single coat of wood stain to each and let them dry.
In the interest of making of our personal vows even more personal, I decided that we would handwrite them out on simple ledger sheets I designed in Illustrator and printed at home. This part was definitely the most time-consuming, but when I look at the clipboards now, I love seeing tangible evidence of our carefully chosen words.
A note on writing your own vows: DO IT. DO IT. DO IT. I promise that it will make your ceremony so much more meaningful, not only to you and your spouse, but to all of your guests as well. In fact, John and I received more compliments on the words we exchanged during our ceremony than we did on any other component of our big day! Our vows were quirky, humorous, and straight from the heart. They were also 100% us. If your wedding allows for personal vows, I highly recommend you seize the opportunity!