Question: I hear what’s being said loud and clear: if your married you cannot have another “wedding” unless you’ve divorced at first. However, my confusion is in regards to what occurs during a renewal, convalidation or whatever purpose it is, other than the initial wedding (I’ll stick with renewal for simplicity). First dance, Giving away, …

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Questions: My siblings and I are planning my parents 50th wedding anniversary out of state. I would like to have some type of religious ceremony but don’t know the difference between a marriage blessing and vow renewal. My parents are both Catholic (my father is a Deacon on sabbatical) however there were not married in …

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Vow Renewal Reception Question: My husband and I will be renewing our vows on our 15th wedding anniversary March 2008. We eloped the first time without any friends or family present. Our original witnesses at the civil wedding were a couple in line with us at the City Hall. So no one we knew was …

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Question: I am divorced and kept my ex’s last name due to simplicity and career. I am newly and wonderfully engaged. This is my fiance’s first wedding, and he’d like our new start and our relationship as a whole to have nothing to do with the ex, and I wholeheartedly agree. And then there are …

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Are you planning a vow renewal and wanting to nix a bit of tradition and go your own route? You’ve already taken the leap and exchanged your promises – and rings – in front of your family, friends and had a minister make it “official,” so it’s okay to go at this alone. But the …

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Question: Hi–I will try not to be confusing, even though I am confused. My son was killed 5 years ago. He left behind his wife, that our family loved, and one grandson. I babysat this grandson for the 1st 9 years of his life, 4 of those years being after my son died. My ex-daughter …

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renewal dress

Question: Hi there. My husband and I have been married for 12 years, and as our wedding was a rush and a bit of a disaster we always planned to renew our vows or have a blessing of our marriage in a church. We had planned to do this at our 10 year anniversary but …

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surprise vow renewal

  Vow Renewal Question: I am planning a surprise 25th wedding anniversary party/vow renewal for my mom and dad. My parents have always talked about renewing vows on their 25th, unfortunately my father was recently diagnosed with cancer, and every penny they have is going to his treatments, so they gave up on the idea …

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kids and weddings

Stepkids Wedding Jewelry Question: I have an 8 yr old son and he has 2 daughters (11 and 15). We purchased engravable gifts from Things Remembered but haven’t had them engraved yet. There isn’t a ton of space and I want it to be truly meaningful. What do you think of ‘Dream – Believe – Achieve’ …

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vow renewal program church

  Vow Renewal Question: My husband and I have been married 10 years and have decided to renew our vows and have our marriage blessed in the Catholic Church. What is the proper way to word the program? Full Question: I went to my priest and discussed what this type of ceremony would consist of, and …

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vow renewal save the date

   Vow Renewal Question (from Tanya): Hello! My husband and I are planning a Vow Renewal for our 15th anniversary which will be next November. I wanted to know when is the appropriate time to send out Save The Date Cards. I know its too early to send things out now or tell people, but …

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A vow renewal is a wonderful and fabulous (and super-fun) way to reaffirm your love and devotion for your partner, and vice versa. Since it is not a wedding ceremony, you may wonder how the heck you should word the event program. Don’t fret – it does not have to be complicated at all. In …

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Unique Ideas for a Vow Renewal Ceremony

Any Ideas for a Vow Renewal Ceremony? Reader Question: My husband and I have decided to renew our wedding vows. We will be celebrating our 8 year anniversary. We want to renew our vows on the beach. I am trying to find unique things that we can incorporate into the ceremony. I like the sand …

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Weddings can be a highly emotional time for families, and when you mix all of that emotion with varying personalities, things can quickly get out of hand. Instead of stressing, let us help you diffuse the situation. It’s your wedding. It’s your soon-to-be partner’s wedding. It’s not your family member’s big day. So what do …

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Question: My husband is in the army and we are just now able to have a ceremony due to deployments. We’ve set the date (for the third time…crossing our fingers) now we need to know how to go about invitations. First of all how should we word the invitations? He and I are paying for …

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50th anniversary renewal

Question: We are planning a simple vow renewal/marriage blessing for our parents 50th Anniversary. We are lucky that the Bishop of a neighboring Diocese, and old family friend (he officiated my wedding and my siblings) is able to come to officiate. He will be traveling about 75 miles. What is the proper etiquette for paying …

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