04/08/2014 09:00 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Wedding Vows: Should You Write Your Own?

"I vow to love you and care for you as long as we both shall live," might be the traditional way of making a promise to your partner at the alter, but this isn't the only option when it comes to saying your wedding vows.

Some couples choose to write their own and if you're thinking of going down this route, it's worth listening to these brides who decided to make a pledge that was personal to their relationship.

Gloria Roheim McRae and Ricardo McRae are one married couple who took on the task of writing their own vows.

"It's one of the most intimate moments you can have in life and I couldn't think of any reason why I'd want someone else to decide what I should say," says Ricardo.

For his wife Gloria, it was down to being able to say what she wanted, without feeling imposed upon by others. "I don't like control," she admits before revealing she wrote her own promise to Ricardo just two days before their wedding day.

Their top tip? Don't worry if you leave the writing to the last-minute - just remember to speak from your heart.

Watch the video above to find out more from other couples about the do's and don'ts of vow writing.


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