Planning a Vow Renewal for 25th Anniversary Help with Program Wording and Ceremony


wedding program wording help
Etsy
wedding program wording help
Etsy

Question: I am helping my boyfriend and his sisters plan a vow renewal ceremony and reception for their parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. I’m not familiar with vow renewals but I feel that the whole vibe seems too much like a wedding. His parents were married 25 years ago in his paternal grandparents backyard. It was basically a backyard barbecue. Nothing fancy. They didn’t even have a wedding cake. It wasn’t what his mom wanted but it was what they could afford. I feel that now she is trying to have the wedding day that she couldn’t afford years ago.

Here’s what we have:
Ceremony at church
Arch
Unity Candle
Daughters are “bridesmaids”
Goddaughter is flower girl
Son is “best man”
Wife is wearing an ivory and plum tea length dress

For their ceremony, I am unsure of how to word things on the program and I’m unsure of how they should enter the church (Husband, Wife, Children). His mom also wants to light candles in memory of her parents who are both deceased. What should the order of the ceremony be like? How can the children be integrated into the ceremony? How do I make the ceremony meaningful but not like a wedding? How should the reception go? Cake cutting? First dance?

As you can see, I am quite confused and I need some direction. Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Remarriage Expert

Yes, I can see you’re a little confused, and so is the couple. There are a lot of “don’ts” in your plans.

You’ve got a lot of questions, and most of them have been answered in the articles written in the pages of the website. Navigate to these pages from the left side of this page, under ceremonies and under etiquette. we’ve compiled a lot of really good information there (and you can search this forum and read through other posts too) However, if after reading these pages you still have questions, please come back and post them for us, one at a time, if possible.

wording programs wording
Pinterest

Suggested Posts

You may have done it all before, but often second marriages or renewing your vows are completely different from the first time you got married. You want this occasion to be as memorable as the first, obviously for different reasons and perhaps in a very different way, but there aspects of the wedding that can …

0 3.8k
Share
Plus-Size Body Hugging Wedding Gowns

If you’ve got beautiful and sexy curves, then there’s no reason to try and hide them away under bouts and bouts of tulle. Instead, take a peek at these plus-size wedding gowns that will hug your body in all the right ways. Strut your stuff in this hot design, and wear your hair up in …

0 3.9k
Share
Jay-Z Beyonce

Shakespeare penned the famous line, “If music be the food of love, play on,” and for some this means getting up in front of friends and loved ones to renew vows. While not all of these celebrity couples are still together (who can keep up these days), it is fun to look back at which …

0 3.8k
Share
Whimsical Wedding Gowns

Whether you’re in your 20’s or walking down the aisle as a more sophisticated lady, every bride reserves the right to wear what makes her feel beautiful. Straight out of the fairy-tales, these whimsical and romantic dresses may be the perfect choice for your walk down the aisle. Textural and shimmery, this gown skims every …

0 4.2k
Share

We’ve said it before, Berta wedding gowns have an almost otherwordly feeling. They’re beyond elegant. They’re beyond beautiful. And each will make a bride feel both sexy and celebratory. Let’s take a peek at 8 of our favorites from the Spring/Summer 2016 Collection!

0 3.7k
Share

Getting married is always referred to as being one of the biggest days of your life. And while it is a very personal commitment, sharing it with your friends and family is part of its magic and memorability. Deciding whether to celebrate the occasion locally or further afield is a big decision as weddings held …

0 3.6k
Share