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Jack & Sally Inspired Wedding Vows from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Published Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 2022

Sally and Jack, scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas, via

There’s only one doll in all of Halloween Town who could capture the heart and imagination of the adventurous Pumpkin King Jack Skellington – his dearest friend, the clever and independent maid Sally. 


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Together, the Pumpkin King and his Pumpkin Queen learn that there’s more to life – and to each other – than first meets the eye, and that destiny is truly what we make of it. 


Jack and Sally’s simple moonlit song of love and friendship still makes us swoon years later, and the lyrics are perfect for wedding vows:



“My dearest friend, if you don’t mind, 
I’d like to join you by your side, 
Where we can gaze into the stars, 
And sit together, 
Now and forever,
For it is plain as anyone can see, 
We’re simply meant to be.”


(Lyrics from Jack and Sally’s song during Finale/Reprise, written by Danny Elfman for The Nightmare Before Christmas.)



These sweet, simple lines capture the essence of a lasting marriage: To be dear friends as well as lovers, to stand side by side as equals, and to share both quiet moments and exciting adventures throughout the many years ahead. 


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Ask your wedding officiant to add these heartfelt vows to a simple wedding script as an easy way to personalize your wedding ceremony! 
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Sally and Jack Skellington hold hands, in a scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas

True love! Sally and Jack in a scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas, 




Practice your wedding vows before the big day 


Practice is a great idea! The more practice you have before the ceremony, the more confident you’ll feel and the smoother things will go. Practice your written vows with your wedding officiant one on one, with a trusted friend, or by yourself in front of the mirror. Pay attention to how fast you're speaking, and don’t forget to breathe.
Give a copy of your wedding vows to your wedding officiant, so that there will be a backup copy on hand the day of your wedding.




 Sally and Jack Skellington in the moonlight, a scene from The Nightmare Before Christmas


Need more help writing your own vows?


We’ve got dozens of traditional wedding vows, feminist wedding vows, wedding vow templates, and more to choose from in these American Weddings articles. 



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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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