Tips for a Vow Renewal Ceremony
Just because you’re already married doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the fun of wedding season! Have you thought about having a vow renewal ceremony for you and your spouse? Reaffirming your love and commitment to your spouse is a beautiful reason to celebrate. As you plan your ceremony, here are some tips to consider:
A lot of married couples host their vow renewal ceremonies themselves, but there have been instances when the original best man and maid of honor host the ceremony jointly. Your children may also be interested in planning the special occasion. In fact, I’ll tell you something about my own family: my parents never had a wedding. They were married in a courthouse, and their parents weren’t even there! My parents have been together for 23 years now, and when they hit their 30th anniversary, my sisters and I plan on throwing them a vow renewal ceremony and give them the wedding they never had. (Shhh, don’t tell!)
Things have probably changed since you got married to the love of your life. You probably appreciate each other in completely different ways. Reciting the same vows you exchanged at your wedding is definitely sentimental, but you can also consider writing new vows to reflect on your marriage. How far have you two come as a couple? What do you love most about your partner now? How has that changed or strengthened over the years?
After exchanging vows, most couples re-exchange rings. Here are a few ideas for making this part of the ceremony meaningful: you could have your original wedding bands engraved for each other. You could also use the ceremony as an excuse to get each other new anniversary bands to symbolize this new chapter in your marriage (and, let’s be honest, there’s never a bad time to get new jewelry!).
This is an anything-goes occasion. You don’t even have to have an officiant observe the renewal of the vows because it’s not a legal ceremony – you’re already married. The ceremony and how you choose to celebrate afterward is up to you and your spouse. Do you want a party? Or an intimate dinner with close friends? Go for whatever makes you two happiest!
Before exchanging vows for the second time, check out our selection of anniversary bands to see which set is right for you.