I (Still) Do: your complete guide to renewing your wedding vows
We all know weddings can be a hassle. So, what makes couples want to relive the experience by reaffirming their commitment to one another in front of their family and friends? Here we explore the best ways to renew your wedding vows and investigate what makes couples want to say "I (Still) Do!"
Reasons to renew your wedding vows
The reasons for renewing wedding vows are as personal and individual as every couple. Some couples use this opportunity to celebrate a milestone in their marriage - others may renew their vows to reaffirm their commitment to one another after a rocky patch. There's no right or wrong reason to renew, but here are seven that inspired us:
- Celebrating a big (or small) anniversary - the 1st, 10th, 20th, 25th, 50th.
- You didn't get the wedding of your dreams the first time around - this might be your chance for a do over.
- You have recently gone through a tough time together, such as a separation or illness.
- Your family has grown and you want to include your children in your commitment to one another.
- You i've made vow renewal a regular event to express your gratitude and love. (Heidi Klum and Seal, anyone?)
- Your religious beliefs have changed and you want to incorporate your new faith into your commitment.
- You want to surprise your partner (or your kids organise it to surprise you both!)
Whatever your reason, we help you spread the love by hosting the perfect vow renewal event.
Couples can host their own renewals, but some have their children, family members or close friends running the show.
Because a vow renewal isn't legally binding, just about anyone you desire can officiate your event. While vow renewals don't usually have a bridal party, some couples like to involve people from their original bridal party in important roles for the event.
From small and intimate, to a big celebratory bash - invite the people that are nearest and dearest to you, who you want to share in a celebration of your love and commitment.
Should you wear?
While some vow renewals are themed events, others opt for original wedding attire (if possible!) and others like to keep things casual. Moral of the story: it's completely up to you.
Should you say?
The beauty of renewing your vows is that you can customise them to perfectly reflect your individual relationship and the things you cherish most about each other.
Happens during the ceremony?
Usually a vow renewal follows this format:
- Walk down the aisle together, with your children, or other loved ones of your choice
- Speak your vows to one another - original or fresh
- Exchange rings - new engravings on old wedding bands or completely new bands are often used
- Selected speakers can say a few words
- Play a song or piece of music that has meaning and reflects the mood of the event
WHERE: Should it be?
From a skyline apartment to a backyard BBQ, religious centre, park, beach or exotic destination, choose a place that means something to you both to give your event sentiment and heart.
WHEN: Can you renew your vows?
There is no right or wrong time to renew. If you are rushing back down the aisle after making it official at your wedding, you can do it as soon as the next day. Although most couples save it for a special occasion or significant anniversary.
HOW: Should you celebrate?
As you may have guessed by now, renewing your vows is all about celebrating your individual coupledom and your post-ceremony celebrations are no different. Keep things relaxed or opt for a formal affair with a cake and speeches. Some couples like to interweave elements from their wedding (photos, clothing, anecdotes) into their renewal celebrations. At some point, you and your partner should thank your guests for sharing in the occasion with you and express your gratitude for everyone who has contributed to the success of your marriage to date.
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