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11 of the Best TV Show Wedding Vows

Get inspired by your favorite small-screen ceremonies if you've got a case of writer's block.

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Are you and your fiancé '90s kids who love Boy Meets World? Do you consider yourselves the Andy and April of your friend group? Do you love TV almost as much as you love your future husband? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, we've gathered some of our favorite TV wedding vows—from the earnestly sincere to the wonderfully weird—to help inspire your own big day.

Cory and Topanga, Boy Meets World

If you're marrying your childhood sweetheart, you have to watch this video. Cue the happy tears and the aw moment…

Topanga: "I wasn't sure this day would ever come, but you were. I wasn't sure love could survive everything we put it through, but you were. You were always strong and always sure. And now I know I want you to stand beside me for the rest of my life. That's what I'm sure of."

Cory: "Ever since I was young I never really understood anything about the world, and I never understood anything that happened in my life. The only thing that ever made sense to me was you, and how I felt about you. That's all I've ever known, and that's enough, that's enough for me, for the rest of my life, Topanga."

Leslie and Ben, Parks and Recreation

When Ben and Leslie bump up their wedding three months because they can't wait one day longer to be married, they have to improv their vows (which is good for their guests since Leslie's first draft was 70-pages long!). They end up speaking from the heart, which is really what people want to hear anyway.


Ben: "In my time working for the state government, my job sent me to 46 cities in 11 years. I lived in villages with eight people, rural farming communities, college towns. I was sent to every corner of Indiana. And then I came here, and I realized that, this whole time, I was just wandering around, everywhere, just looking for you."

Leslie: "The things that you have done for me to help me, support me, surprise me, to make me happy, go above and beyond what any person deserves. You're all I need. I love you and I like you."

Phoebe and Mike, Friends

When a blizzard threatens to postpone their wedding, Phoebe and Mike decide to go through with the ceremony anyway and get married in the middle of the street in New York. Their vows are honest, goofy (as Phoebe's big day should be), and sweet.


Phoebe: "When I was growing up I didn't have a normal mom and dad, or a regular family like everybody else. And I always knew that something was missing. But now I'm standing here today knowing that I have everything I'm ever going to need. You are my family."

Mike: "Phoebe, you are so beautiful. You're so kind. You're so generous. You're so wonderfully weird. Everyday with you is an adventure. And I can't believe how lucky I am. I can't wait to share my life with you forever."

Blair and Chuck, Gossip Girl

Technically they were being chased down by the police, but we kind of like how short and sweet Blair and Chuck kept their vows at their Central Park wedding. While it worked on TV, maybe don't be that succinct at your own ceremony—your family and friends did come all the way to see you say "I do" after all, so at least give them that!

Chuck: Three words, eight letters.

Blair: One word, three letters: yes!

Daphne and Niles, Frasier

When they realize that their family and friends would be heartbroken if they missed their wedding, Daphne and Niles frantically try to cover up the fact that they eloped to Las Vegas earlier by staging two more fake ceremonies to appease everyone. While Niles struggles to remember his vows by the third time around, the original version is sincere and sweet.

Daphne: "I, Daphne Moon, do take thee, Niles Crane, as my husband. I promise you my fidelity and my support, my laughter and my tears, my constant friendship and my unending love as long as we both shall live."

Niles: "I, Niles Crane, do take thee, Daphne Moon, as my wife.  I vow to you my fidelity and my support, my honor and my respect, my honesty and my protection.  You are my comfort, my joy, and my one true love. I will cherish you all the days of my life and treasure the journey that has brought us to this most wonderful perfect place."

Penny and Leonard, Big Bang Theory

After a long road to matrimony, Penny and Leonard decide to put their traditional wedding plans aside and head to Vegas to tie the knot. Penny isn't prepared for their last-minute wedding and recites a few lyrics from "You've Got a Friend in Me," the song from Toy Story. While we definitely don't suggest winging it like Penny did, we love the idea of reciting a favorite line from a song. Leonard pulls from his physics-background to inspire his sweet and geeky vows.
Leonard: "Penny, we are made of particles that have existed since the since the moment the universe began. I like to think those atoms traveled 14 billion years through time and space to create us so that we could be together and make each other whole."

Lily and Marshall, How I Met Your Mother

Lily and Marshall recited heartfelt vows at their wedding, but decide a few years later that "maybe they were just too perfect for real life," and exchange updated ones that reflect how messy life can actually be. While these are a bit lengthy and maybe a little too personal to recite in front of, say, your grandparents, we like the idea of keeping things real and promising each other to grow together.

Marshall: "I vow to always sit next to you and hug you, even if you're covered in vomit, Whether it's yours or Marvin's, or in the case of what came to be known as Spew Year's Eve 1998—My own."


Lily: "I vow to stop getting so angry… "

Marshall: "Ooh, I just thought of another one."

Lily: "…when you interrupt me."

Marshall: "Mine was to interrupt you less, so that's good. I vow to finally stop petitioning Paul McCartney to let Weird Al record 'Chicken Pot Pie' to the tune of 'Live and Let Die.' It's over. I'll let it go."

Lily: "I vow to cry less during this pregnancy."

Marshall: "I vow to cry less during this Vikings season."

Lily: "Mm, with that secondary, I wouldn't make that promise."

Marshall: "I vow to keep at least 80 percent of these vows."

Lily: "That seems high."

Marshall: "And I vow to keep updating them as we go. Because one set of vows, it can't cover a lifetime of growing and changing with you, of raising children with you, falling more and more in love with you every day, Lily Aldrin, which is what I vow to do for the rest of my life."

April and Andy, Parks and Recreation

After only dating for a few weeks, Andy and April throw a surprise wedding disguised as a dinner party. While everything about these nuptials is a little haphazard, their vows are weird and goofy and so perfect for this pair.

April: "I guess I kind of hate most things but I never really seem to hate you. So I want to spend the rest of my life with you, is that cool?"

Andy: "April, you are the most awesome person I have ever known in my entire life. I vow to protect you from danger. I don't care if I have to fight an ultimate fighter, or a bear, or him [points at the female wedding officiant]. Your mom. I would take 'em down. I'm getting mad right now even thinking about it, I'm telling you. I want to spend the rest of my life, every minute, with you, and I'm the luckiest man in the galaxy."

Izzie and Alex, Grey's Anatomy

Meredith and Derek give their entire wedding to their friends so that they can get married while Izzie's sick with cancer. And while they end up getting divorced eventually and Izzie never actually recites any vows (make sure you both say something at your ceremony!), Alex's words are an inspiration to anyone who's ever been afraid of growing up and taking the next step in life.

Alex: "Today's the day my life begins. All my life I've been just me. Just a smart mouth kid. Today I become a man. Today I become a husband. Today I become accountable to someone other than myself. Today I become accountable to you. To our future. To all the possibilities that a marriage has to offer. Together, no matter what happens, I'll be ready. For anything. For everything. To take on life, to take on love. To take on possibility and responsibility. Today Izzie Stevens, our life together begins. And I for one can't wait."

Kurt and Blaine / Brittany and Santana, Glee

In one of the most epic double weddings of all time, these two couples recite their vows in unison as they each reflect upon their hard journey to get to this happy place. We love their honesty and particularly like the line towards the end that they are each "a work in progress."

Kurt: "I'm a man who's always lived in the shadows, and everyone who's come into my life has always tried to pull me out into the sun or push me back into the darkness. "

Santana: [to Brittany] "I've been bullied, outed, and misunderstood."

Blaine: [to Kurt] "I honestly thought that I would never find real love."

Brittany: [to Santana] "The world seemed so scary and confusing. It was just too fast. It made me feel dumb, just because my brain worked differently."

Kurt: [to Blaine] "And then you came along and even if someone had told me that it wasn't gonna work out and at the end of all of our struggling and all of our work it would just end in heartache…"

Blaine: [to Kurt] "I would've said yes."

Santana: [to Brittany] "A thousand times, yes."

Brittany: [to Santana] "I would've suffered it all just for the tiny chance to be standing up here marrying you."

Kurt: [to Blaine] "I am a work in progress."

Blaine: [to Kurt] "I am a work in progress."

Santana: [to Brittany] "I am a work in progress."

Brittany: [to Santana]" I am a work in progress."

Kurt: [to Blaine]" You don't ask me to come out of the shadows. You help me move away anything that's blocking the sun. It's time for all of us to walk into the sunshine together. Forever. Is that something you want to do?"

Monica and Chandler, Friends

We like how Monica and Chandler tell their love story with their vows. Slip in an anecdote or two into your own to share your own journey together.

Monica: "Chandler, for so long I wondered if I would ever find my prince, my soul mate. Then three years ago, at another wedding, I turned to a friend for comfort. And instead, I found everything that I'd ever been looking for my whole life. And now, here we are, with our future before us—and I only want to spend it with you, my prince, my soul mate, my friend."

Chandler: "Monica, I thought this was going to be the most difficult thing I ever had to do. But when I saw you walking down that aisle I realized how simple it was. I love you. Any surprises that come our way, it's OK, because I will always love you. You are the person I was meant to spend the rest of my life with."

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