Many couples choose to write their own vows. This enables them to express their own sentiments and emotions more personally. Couples are still required to fulfill the legal requirements of their state or province but adding a few personal notes will make your ceremony memorable. Some couples like to work together on their vows while others prefer to keep it a surprise. Just remember, if you choose this route, you may want to make sure that your voiced words are not too personal and will not make your partner feel uncomfortable. Meet with your officiant well in advance of the wedding to discuss your vows and to ensure that they meet all religious and legal requirements. Prepare your vows in writing on a decorative note card. Have it available just in case the emotion of the day causes an untimely memory lapse.