Whether it’s the 5-year, 10-year, 20-year, or 50-year mark, anytime after a wedding is a great time to have a vow renewal ceremony. Ultimately it’s a personal choice and one that has to feel right to the couple, the most important part of the entire event is the re-commitment. No matter what reason the vow …

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writing vows

Couples often choose to write their own vows when planning a vow renewal ceremony–after all, you’ve been through a lot together! However, experiencing “writer’s block” is not uncommon, but there’s plenty of ideas available for getting the creative juices flowing. You may also decide to recite your original vows, or make amendments to them. Whatever …

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writing own vows

Renewing your wedding vows is a joyous, wonderful event. After all, you’ve made it through 5, 10, 25, 30 or more years together, which is certainly worth observing! Sure, those years probably included some rough patches, however your overcame them and are still very much in love. Rededicating your lives to one another with a …

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renewal of vows

Renewal of vows. It’s a marriage trend beloved by Hollywood — Madonna and Guy Ritchie renewed their vows at their Ashocombe country estate in Wiltshire, England, though they later divorced. Robert De Niro and his wife said “I do” again at their Ulster County farm in New York’s Catskill Mountains, while David Beckham planned a …

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wedding ceremony ideas second wedding

Your wedding is all about you and your future hubby, so why not make the event as personal as you want? Check out three easy steps for creating the personalized wedding of your dreams, and have fun! Step One: You and Your Husband as Ceremony Participants The beauty of a wedding ceremony is partially about the …

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vow renewal ideas

Adding Personal Touches to Your Vow Renewals People are often relatively nervous going into the renewal of their vows, with many unsure about how to best celebrate their day. Much like with first weddings and original ceremonies, there really is no set ‘correct way’ to do things and, as a result, you cannot do anything …

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The Ceremony to bless a marriage (a couple who has already married civilly, outside the church), otherwise known as the Marriage Blessing Ceremony Background: Marriage as a social institution is as old as the human race. It was “instituted of God” in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 1:27–28; 2:18, 24) and obviously is not of …

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second wedding toast

Below is a sample wedding speech perfect for a couple getting married for the second time. Sample Toasts for Second Weddings Best Man Speech, Second Marriage for Bride and Groom My name is James, and on behalf of Matthew and Angie, I would like to thank you for attending this union today! I have the …

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interfaith marriage

Creating An Amazing Intercultural Wedding Day Everybody Will Love Planning an interfaith or intercultural wedding requires thought, sensitivity and a bit of crativity.  In a sense, you are showing the world how you, your beliefs and traditions will join and interact.  Isn’t it worth the extra effort?  After all, this is the birthday of your …

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vow renewal etiquette

by Rebecca Black, Etiquette Now Is it okay to have a wedding cake at my vow renewal reception? Is it wrong to want a bridal shower? My husband and I have been married for about one year and are renewing our vows next spring. Since I never had a bachelorette party the first time around, I …

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Jewish Remarriage

Tips for Jewish and Interfaith Couples By Rabbi Andrea Frank The other day I opened the New York Post and often I find myself compelled to read Page Six. This is a well known section of this popular New York newspaper. It covers news about the celebrities and on this particular day I was struck …

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Marriage Convalidation Ceremony in the Catholic Church Marriage Convalidation When Beth, a Protestant, accepted a marriage proposal from John, a divorced Catholic, he was unwilling to go through the long annulment process, so they married in her church. Without a decree of nullity from his first marriage, John felt uneasy attending mass. Beth noticed her …

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sand ceremony kit

A lovely alternative to the Unity Candle Ceremony, especially if your wedding takes place on the beach, the Sand Ceremony also embraces the symbolism of “two shall become one.” As part of the exchanging of the vows, it’s a great way to break up readings and also leave with a keepsake of the big day. …

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photo credit: cliff1066™ via photopin cc The Why, Where, When & How of Renewing Wedding Vows Renewing wedding vows can be a meaningful, touching, revivifying ceremony for you and your children, family and friends. As a married couple, it is a time to pause and reflect on where you have been and where you are going.  It is also …

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family medallion ceremony

Involving Children and Families in the Wedding Your wedding day symbolizes more than the bond between two people; it is the day a new family is created. If you or your fiancé have children already, then your wedding day should mean the same thing to them, a day when they become part of something new. …

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Ways children participating in a second wedding or blended family wedding can play an integral role planning the wedding reception. As you prepare for your second stroll down the aisle, including your children in the ceremony may be a breeze, but you may be struggling with how to incorporate them into the reception. You can …

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Tips for a 25th Anniversary Wedding Renewal When you’re planning to celebrate your 25th year of marriage, renewing your vows – also called a reaffirmation ceremony – might be in the plans. But when you’d like to say “I Still Do!” what kind of ceremony comes to mind? Are you more apt to have a …

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songs for wedding renewals

  This Ring – T Carter Music You Decorated My Life – Kenny Rogers Remember When – Alan Jackson Through the Years – Kenny Rogers After All These Years – Jim Brickman The Anniversary Waltz – Eddie Howard The Anniversary Song – Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin The Vows Go Unbroken – Kenny Rogers Look at Us – Vince Gill Built to …

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