Your ‘8-Steps to Perfect Vow Renewals’ Guide


vow renewal ideas
Etsy
vow renewal ideas
Etsy

This second “walk” down the aisle is arguably a lot less nerve-racking than the first, as you won’t have jitters concerning what’s to come! Celebrate the life you’ve created together with a ceremony that’s all about you two–and this time you can involve the kids. Check out our ultimate vow renewal guide:

Pick a “Starting Point”

You don’t need an exact plan of what your renewal ceremony will entail, however it’s a good idea to have a few ideas in mind. Make a list of “must-haves,” such as songs, special readings, venue ideas, etc. If you’re religious, you may want to have the ceremony in a church or chapel; if not consider a garden or beach ceremony.

Book an Officiant

Because this isn’t a wedding, there’s no paperwork involved–simply celebrate your love for one another! Ask a friend or family member to officiate if desired, or hire someone. Look at officient websites and ask for recommendations; you can also ask your pastor to perform the ceremony. Whatever else, choose someone who fits your vibe as a couple.

Talk About Vows

This is the whole point of the ceremony, so don’t wait till the last minute! Talk to each other early on about what type of vows you want to say, such as your original vows or ones that discuss what your life together means to you and what you hope the future will bring. Reciting a heartfelt poem is also an idea, and there’s plenty of books and websites for finding meaningful options.

Plan the Party

Don’t forget to plan the party–the wedding party! You don’t have to have bridesmaids and groomsmen unless you really want them, however most couples choose to incorporate their children in some way. Siblings and best friends may also be included.

Go Ring Shopping

Having new rings made is totally optional, as you can slip off your wedding rings and put them back on during the ceremony. You may also hold hands the entire time, something some couples choose to do. If you do buy new rings, options include thicker bands for men and diamond eternity rings for women.

Make the Guest List

While vow renewals tend to be smaller gatherings, feel free to invite as many people as you want. Throw a smaller party if it was a big to-do the first time around, or vice versa. Invite everyone to your favorite restaurant after the ceremony, or throw a backyard barbecue! Don’t be afraid to get creative as go as causal as you want.

Choose Attire

Find a dress that fits the theme of your ceremony. For example, if exchanging vows in a lovely park, go for a light, “airy” gown in a vibrant hue. What about loft ceremony? A short dress totally works. Your “groom” should dress to match you, such as khakis and a button-down shirt, or a three-piece suit.

Think About the Details

The cake, the decorations, the flowers, the favors…there’s plenty to consider! Pick exactly what suits you–if you don’t feel like carrying a bouquet, or want one made of buttons or old jewelry, go for it. If you want nothing else other than a big, fabulous cake, go for it. There’s no rules with a vow renewal–do whatever you want!

Happy planning!

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta

Suggested Posts

Bridge-building Tips for Stepparents  Are you new to the world of being a stepparent? A stepparent’s job is both unique and difficult, in that you want to be there for a child that isn’t biologically yours, yet you still feel a connection to him or her as a family member. For this reason, being a …

0 3.6k
Share
Robin Thicke and wife

On Monday, Feb. 24, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announced they had decided to separate after eight years of marriage. For a long time they have defended their marriage, but more recently several events have taken place that made it seem like the break up was coming. The “Blurred Lines” singer and Baggage Claim actress, …

0 3.5k
Share

We know there is a lot going on right before your wedding, and that’s why understandably some details can slip through the cracks. However, do not fear. Whether you are opting for a look that is classic and traditional or wacky and retro, we have compiled a list of the top last-minute beauty tips to …

0 3.8k
Share

Taffeta doesn’t seem to be first choice among bridal wear, but so many gorgeous designs are overlooked because of those preconceived notions of it being too old or heavy. Taking in a gorgeous, iridescent light and unique texture, this fabric can bring a bride to life. Take a chance on something outside-the-box with one of …

0 3.8k
Share

A Destination Second Wedding Makes a Great Option  Many people have elaborate first weddings with a church or religious ceremony, followed by a reception for family and friends. In fact, this is the fulfillment of a dream for many individuals. However, sometimes first weddings don’t work out for a variety of reasons. When you are …

0 3.6k
Share

A wedding reception is many a bride’s favorite part of the day. All of the stress of the actual ceremony is now behind and friends and family get to spend some quality time together celebrating the big day. Here are a few ideas for planning a cocktail party wedding reception. Planning food A cocktail party …

0 4.1k
Share