No matter what wedding anniversary you’re celebrating, renewing your vows is a special way to reaffirm your commitment to each other. While it’s important to remember that this is not a wedding “do over,” many of the same elements from a traditional wedding ceremony work for vow renewals. Take it as a chance to show the world how much you mean to each other!
The ceremony to renew your wedding vows can be as uniquely personal as you want, and should be a reflection of who you are as a couple and what your union means. Make it as formal or casual as you want, whether a more traditional ceremony like your wedding or something a bit more distinct.
Since you are “husband and wife” instead “bride and groom”, it makes sense to have at least a somewhat different ceremony. Your father isn’t giving you away, but he can still escort you down the aisle and place your hand in your hubby’s. Wearing a veil isn’t necessary, unless you’re planning on wearing your original gown, however vow renewal etiquette often frowns on wearing white.
With wedding vow renewal ceremonies there’s usually no traditional wedding party, though you can ask your original wedding party to stand up with you if desired. Many vow renewals feature the couple’s children and grandchildren or other significant family members or friends. Mix original wedding party members with children, family and new friends, or try another combination if you want!
Another common occurrence for vow renewal ceremonies is couples writing their own vows. Basic guidelines for writing renewal vows are simple. Think about your years together, through assorted ups and downs, and consider how your spouse has supported you, as well as obstacles you overcame together. When writing down these thoughts and memories, try to include specific stories and how they made you feel. You can also talk about what you hope the future will bring, as well as any other plans you have.
Renewing your vows is a very meaningful way to reaffirm the bonds of love within a union, and to share that love with family and friends. If nothing else, a wedding vow renewal ceremony should be a unqiue expression of your marriage and how happy you’ve made each other.
Exchange vows – Repeat the same vows you exchanged when you married or go for new ones reflecting your life together. If you decide to go with new vows, consider including your children or grandchildren into your commitment speech. There is no right or wrong way to renew your vows, but it’s important they provide at least a few details about your union.
Exchange rings – As with your wedding ceremony, vow renewals include an exchange of rings to show your love and commitment. Use your original wedding bands or take the opportunity to purchase new ones, especially if it’s something you always wanted to do!
Keep these tips in mind and plan something incredibly meaningful and special that friends and family will talk about for weeks to come!