"In marriage the festive joy of the first day should last for the whole of life."-Alexander Elchaninov

Your wedding is one of the most important and meaningful days of your life. For many couples today, the meaning of this day is enhanced by writing their own wedding vows. Whether your wedding is interfaith, multicultural or in a single faith tradition, whether it's a first-time event or one that includes your children, you may have found a way to make your ceremony unique and special by creating the words that unite your lives.

Here's your chance to commemorate your original wedding vows on Beliefnet and share them with others seeking inspiration for their own weddings. Best of all, by entering the Wedding Vows contest, you can win an inspiring and practical book on spiritual growth in marriage.


20 copies of the softcover edition of "Illuminating the Heart: Steps Toward a More Spiritual Marriage," by Barbara and Greg Markway (New Harbinger Publications).

Here's how to enter:
1. Read the Official Rules and click on "I Agree."

2. Publish your vows on the Wedding Vows Exchange.

3. Then send an e-mail to weddingvows@staff.beliefnet.com including your full name, mailing address, age, telephone number, and e-mail address, as well as the name of the bride and groom as shown on the page you've created on the Wedding Vows Exchange.

Deadline for entries: Midnight, June 30, 2001

Entries will be judged and winners selected on the basis of originality and creativity, spirituality, and writing skill.

The winners will be announced on or about July 15, 2001.

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