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Why Have A Vow Renewal Ceremony

Having a Vow Renewal Ceremony is a special way to show the world how much love you and your partner still have for each other, even after all these years together.

Are you considering having a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

Renewing your wedding vows is fast becoming the done thing these days.  A beautiful way to celebrate your lives together.

Have you ever looked at your husband or wife and thought to yourself, I would marry you all over again!

Have you considered renewing your wedding vows?

Perhaps during LockDown in 2020/21, you have spent some quality time together that we don’t usually get in our hectic lives and realised how meaningful your relationship is to you both.

What better reason to say I Do all over again?

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What Is a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

A Vow Renewal Ceremony is where you get to say I do in part 2, the sequel to your first wedding.   The Ceremony can be a lot of fun and usually reasonably relaxed.

Renewing your wedding vows is a beautiful way to show how strong your love for your partner is. 

It can be plain and simple or a full-blown affair; the choice is yours.

Why do couples choose to have a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

There are many reasons why couples choose to renew their Vows. And every couple does it for different reasons.

They may have got married abroad, and want their family to see them making their vows to each other.

Some Couples do it for special anniversaries like their 25th, 30th or 40 years together.

Perhaps they have come through a difficult time in their marriage, such as a serious illness.

Or, they had a ceremini during the lockdown and want to say their vows in front of their family and friends.

Perhaps just because they want to!

And that’s a perfect enough reason to do a Vow Renewal Ceremony!


When should you have a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

A Vow Renewal Ceremony can happen any time after your original Ceremony.

I am often asked if a Vow Renewal Ceremony has to be on an anniversary.

The simple answer is no it doesn’t.

You can choose to renew your vows, however, wherever, and whenever feels right to you.  

A Vow Renewal is not a legal Ceremony, so like all Celebrant led Ceremonies, you can have your vow renewal  Any Time, Any Place.

It could be on your 1st anniversary, or after you’ve raised your children and have 25 years of marriage under your belts.

It’s totally up to you.

What’s included in a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

Just like your original Wedding Ceremony, you can exchange rings, have music, readings and Symbolic Rituals.

Or you can have it as simple as holding hands and saying your vows to each other.

There is no template for a celebrant led ceremony, so you get to choose exactly how you want to do it.

Can we include our children in a Vow Renewal?

A Vow Renewal Ceremony is a beautiful Ceremony to include children in.

Celebrate their contribution to your family at the same time.

Symbolic Rituals such as Sand Blending Ritual are brilliant ways to include children in a Vow Renewal.

And there are many more rituals that can be adapted depending on the ages of the children.

What about doing a reading?

It could be a reading or a poem; would they be confident enough to do that for you?

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…declare to your partner that you still love them as deeply…

Do we exchange rings at a Vow Renewal?

While some couples love their wedding rings and wouldn’t swap them for anythingother couples like to take this opportunity to buy new rings for their vow renewals. The choice is yours!

If you are keeping your old rings, you don’t even need to take them off, you could hold hands whilst we bless the rings.

Or why not have a Ring Warming Ceremony with your guests blessing the rings?

Do I need a new dress?

 I think this calls for a new one, don’t you?

But I suppose it depends on how long after your original Wedding Ceremony you have a Vow Renewal.

Not many brides keep their dress for 40 years, and if I had, I certainly couldn’t fit in mine now. 

The attire for the celebration doesn’t need to be formal. If you want to turn up in jeans and bomber jackets, that’s fine by me.

Do we need new Vows?

A Vow Renewal ceremony is all about re-affirming marriage vows.

Either using the original ones you had or updating them to reflect all you have been through as a couple and a family.

When couples write their vows for their wedding day, they have typically been together for a short period of time.

During their time together, each person has grown and developed, and so has the relationship.

Perhaps you would like to create new vows this time.

Creating new vows can be a wonderful way to embrace the changes relationships have gone through.

If the thought of finding or creating the right vows fills you with dread, then worry not; I can help with those.

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Where can we have a Vow renewal?

Because a Vow Renewal has no legal status, you can hold your Ceremony Any Place, Any Time.

Did you have a traditional wedding the first time and fancy something completely different this time, like an outdoor ceremony?

Then let’s do that, where do you fancy?

Want to do it as a surprise? We can do that too.

How many people do we need?

Again, the size of your Vow Renewal Ceremony is entirely up to you.

You may want just the 2 of you, a wee intimate Vow Renewal, with me, of course, making that 3.

Or you could have it like a wedding ceremony and have all your friends and family who are important to you there.

There are no rules and restrictions with a Vow Renewal ceremony, so that’s up to you.


So to answer the question why have a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

Over time our lives change, we change and our love for each other can be tested at times.

Renewing your vows can be a celebration of surviving as a team, gratitude for all you’ve been through together and a celebration of the adventures you’ve had together.

It’s a chance to declare your love for one another. Repeat your vows from your original wedding day, or perhaps write new ones.

As you can see, having a Vow Renewal gives you so many options; it doesn’t have to be rigid and boring; it can be so much fun.

If you have something to celebrate this year and want to chat about having a Vow Renewal, please do get in touch.

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