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How To Write The Perfect Wedding Vows

When you say “I do” to your partner on your wedding day, you’re committing to more than just a ring on your finger. You’re making promises and commitments that you’ll work to fulfill for the rest of your life, and oftentimes you express these promises in the wedding views you read before you officially tie the knot. Writing your own wedding vows is an incredibly personal experience for both you and your partner, but at the same time, many people struggle to find the perfect words to say on their big day. We can’t write the words for you, but we do have some tips for writing them and some tricks for getting past writer’s block if you’ve become stuck. Below, we share some tips for writing the perfect vows for your wedding.

Perfecting Your Wedding Vows

Your wedding vows are intrinsically personal, which means we’re not going to be able to dictate exactly what you should say to your spouse. Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of things we can take care of on your wedding day, like delivering the perfect venue, providing dazzling decor and crafting an exquisite food and drink menu, but we can’t write your vows for you. That being said, we know some starting points and some ways to approach writer’s block that should help make the process easier. Here are our tips:

Consult With Your Spouse

If you’ll be writing your own vows, talk with your future spouse about whether or not you want to write them together or separately. Many people automatically assume that you’ll write your own vows and keep them a secret until you’re at the altar, but it doesn’t have to be like that. We’ve heard beautiful vows from couples who clearly worked together to write two vows that come together as one as they are read. If you want to write your own vows, but you don’t want to do it by yourself, consider working with your future spouse to create your vows together.

Talk About Length and Style

If you’ll be writing them separately, it’s still a good idea to talk a little bit about length and style. Keeping your vows similar in length is easier for both parties, and it might be simpler to keep the use the same phrasing throughout in terms of “I promise to,” “I vow to,” “I will always,” etc. You definitely don’t need to have the same style or length, but some couples find it helpful to discuss before they start writing their vows.

Getting Past Writer’s Block

If you’re stuck along the way, or you’re just trying to decide the best way to say everything you want to say to your future spouse, we’ve come up with a few talking points that can help you put pen to paper. When making your vows, consider writing about:

  • The best qualities of your future spouse.
  • How they make you a better person.
  • What you love most about them.
  • How you’ve grown together in your relationship.
  • The obstacles and challenges you’ve overcome together.
  • How you want to make them feel every day for the rest of your life.

Finding The Order

Sometimes the hardest part of writing your vows isn’t finding the right words, it’s finding the right order. Again, it’s important to remember that they are your vows, so you can declare your love in any way you like, but many vows tend to have a certain flow to them. Oftentimes they begin with a declaration of love where you tell your partner why you are so in love with them and why they are the only person for you. Then after you’ve told your spouse why you love them, you can transition to your promises. Now is when you’ll vow to love them, to honor them, to cherish them, to always make breakfast in bed on Sundays, you name it. And after you make your promises, you can finish by letting them know you’ll work to fulfill those vows for the rest of your life.

Don’t Procrastinate

And finally, one of the best tips that we can give is that you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to write your vows. We know that it can be intimidating to start, but the pressure is only going to build as you get closer to your wedding day. Write them at least a week before your wedding, and take time to practice them a couple times a day in the mirror. Even if you’ll be reading them off note cards, practicing them will make everything easier on the big day. Don’t put your vows off until the last minute.

We know that your vows will be perfect, and we know that writing your vows will be easier to do if you have faith that everything else with your wedding is in order. Let Entourage Events Groups handle other aspects like the venue, the decor, the music and the catering so that you can focus your attention on your future spouse and your vows. To learn more about how we can handle all those aspects and more, reach out to our team on our Contact Page.

5 Ways To De-Stress The Wedding Planning Experience

Planning a wedding can be a wonderfully fun and amazingly stressful time in a person’s life, and while some people thrive under stress, others would rather the wedding planning process be as stress free as possible. If you want to do what you can to help eliminate stress from the equation, you’ll want to be proactive in how you approach certain aspects of your wedding. In today’s blog, we share five tips for de-stressing the wedding planning experience.

1. Start Early

Regardless of whether you want a short or long engagement, it’s imperative that you start making plans soon after getting engaged. Most venues operate on a “first come, first serve” basis, meaning the longer you wait to book a venue or a caterer, the greater the likelihood they’ll already be booked on a specific date. There’s no harm in contacting places early, especially if you’ve already picked a specific date so that they can get you on the calendar and you don’t have to stress about finding someone else because your first choice was already booked.

2. Indoor/Outdoor Availability

Because Minnesota experiences all four seasons, the weather can be quite unpredictable, even when you try to pick a day when the weather is historically nice. It’s completely normal to feel stressed about how the weather could impact your big day, but you can eliminate some of that stress by choosing a venue that offers both indoor and outdoor wedding options. If you want an outdoor wedding but the weather doesn’t comply, we can just move things indoors, and the weather won’t ruin your day. Both The Grand 1858 and The View offer indoor and outdoor ceremony options so you know whether won’t be an issue.

3. Remember That It’s Your Day

We understand that you want your guests to have a great time at your wedding, but it’s important to remember that it’s you and your future spouse’s big day, and you don’t need to bend over backwards to accommodate everyone else. Choose what you want and don’t stress over that decision. If you don’t want kids at your wedding, don’t feel like you have to include them on the invite, or if you need to cut down the guest list, consult with your future spouse and come up with a decision and stick by it. Remember, it’s totally okay to say no to requests, because it’s your day.

4. Outsource To The Professionals

We’re going to toot our own horn here a bit. Arguably the most stressful part of the wedding is getting everything to come together on the big day. Finding a venue, decorating the hall, figuring out where you’ll get dressed, hiring a caterer and a DJ, and so on. Make this process a whole lot easier by connecting with a company who can do all of this. At Entourage Events Group, we can set you up with the perfect venue, dazzle with one-of-a-kind decor, and let our catering and entertainment divisions feed your group and then get them out on the dance floor! Working with one company to arrange all of this makes it easy to stay connected and ensure everything goes exactly as expected as your wedding day arrives.

5. Perspective Is Important

And finally, one of the best pieces of advice that we can give is to keep things in perspective along the way. We understand that you want everything to be perfect, but try to remember that everything will be just fine if something unexpected happens along the way. If the stationary of your invites are a different color of fuchsia than you expected, or one of your bridesmaids is taking her sweet time picking out a dress, take a deep breath and relax. At the end of the day, you’re going to be married to your best friend, surrounded by family and friends who love and support you, and that’s what really matters. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and while that’s easier said than done, it can be helpful to take a step back and consider the bigger picture if you are beginning to get stressed about any aspect of your wedding.

To learn how Entourage Events Group can help take the stress out of the wedding planning process, pick up the phone and give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777 or fill out this short form to get in contact with a member of our team!

5 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Wedding Venue

Planning a wedding in the Twin Cities involves countless decisions, but one of the first choices you’ll have to make along the way is where you and your future spouse will tie the knot. After all, you can’t pick a wedding day until you’ve found a venue that can accommodate you and your guests on a given day. Because it’s one of the first big decisions you’ll be making, picking out a venue can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be if you know what to look for in a wedding venue. Below, we share five tips that will help you find the perfect venue for your wedding in Minneapolis / St. Paul.

1. Ceremony & Reception In The Same Place?

One of the first things you’ll want to consider is if you want to have the ceremony and reception in the same location. Some people want a ceremony in a church or location that has special meaning for the couple, while others want the ceremony and reception in the same location so that guests don’t have to travel between multiple locations. Regardless of what decision you make, know that all of our venues have the option to host both the ceremony and reception, or just the reception.

2. Indoor Or Outdoor?

Do you want to get married outside, or do you want to ensure bad weather doesn’t ruin your ceremony by keeping everything indoors? Minnesota experiences all four seasons, so even if you try to pick a day where the weather should be beautiful, there’s no guarantee Mother Nature will comply. If you want to try for an outdoor wedding, consider choosing a venue that can easily adapt to the weather conditions on short notice and move your ceremony inside if need be. Both The Grand 1858 and The View have indoor and outdoor ceremony options, allowing you to have peace of mind that no matter the weather, your wedding will go on as scheduled.

3. Know Your Style

When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, you want one that fits your style. Are you looking for a venue with a rustic vibe, featuring original wood floors, exposed brick and plenty of natural lighting? We recommend The View. Maybe you’d prefer a reception hall with an open floor plan that elegantly blends historic and modern touches? If so, The Grand 1858 may be the perfect option. Or if you want to wow guests with tall ceilings and a stunning view of both downtown and the riverfront, might we recommend The Riverside. Look for a venue that encompasses you and your spouse’s style.

4. Food, Decor & More

A venue is just a venue until it’s transformed by your personal touch and choices. You’re going to be picking out decor, linens, centerpieces, flower arrangements and lighting, not to mention the menu and drink options. You can certainly make all those choices with the help of your spouse-to-be, or you can connect with an events group and let them help you with the process. At Entourage Events Group, we specialize in iconic weddings that are unique to the couple, and we love to blend our creativity with your personality. Connecting with an events team that can help organize and assist with all of the elements that actually go into producing the perfect ceremony venue, reception hall or dinner can take some of the stress off your plate while also giving you peace of mind to know that your decor and dining will be on point.

5. Book Early

The earlier you start contacting potential venues about availability, the better, especially if you’re hoping for a shorter engagement. Wedding venues, especially in the Twin Cities, tend to book fast, so you can’t afford to drag your feet. Schedule a tour or contact our events team to learn about our availability to see if we can find a date and venue that works perfect for you.

For more information, or if you’d like to learn more about booking a wedding at one of our fantastic locations, head on over to our contact page or give our team a call today at (612) 564-3777.

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