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Monday, August 5, 2013

Vow Renewals

Today I am going to talk about wedding vow renewal ceremonies.  I think renewing your wedding vows is one of the most romantic things you can do. A vow renewal ceremony is not only re-fueling for the couple renewing their vows, but it is equally re-fueling for those watching the ceremony. In the world we live in, it is very nice to see there are couples whose love passes the test of time. Through good times and bad times somehow they have not only made it work, but their love has flourished!

First, let's talk about why we renew our wedding vows?  In a recent poll I conducted, I discovered 55% of couple's reaffirming their vows do so because their love has endured hard times and they want to reaffirm their commitment to one another.  Another 30% want to celebrate a special anniversary.  10% of couples would like to change something about the first wedding and yet the remaining 5% cited other reasons for having a vow renewal.

Now that you have decided to renew your vows, let's talk about some ideas for the ceremony.  The most important thing to remember about renewing your vows is the vow renewal celebration should be as individual as the love you share.

For example:

For the gardeners, how about a celebration in your own backyard garden or a local arboretum or public garden.  For the couple who loves to dance, why not rent a dance hall and renew your vows there. Beach lovers might enjoy a vow renewal at their favorite beach.  If you met in the park, you may enjoy a picnic vow renewal theme. Don't underestimate how romantic a simple vow renewal ceremony on a winter night with a few close friends and family in front of your own fireplace can be.

Just remember when planning to make sure whatever defines you as a couple is part of your ceremony.

What about those vows?

For me, I cannot image a vow renewal ceremony where I did not write the vows myself. The task may seem a little overwhelming to those who don't feel they are very good with words, but your spouse will appreciate hearing words their love inspired so much that it is definitely worth the effort it takes to write them. There is really no right or wrong when it comes to writing vow renewal vows, just write what is in your heart. You may want to include things that you love most about your spouse, any special promises you want to make, how much your life means with your spouse or anything else that seems right to you. When it comes to your vows, let your heart take you where it will.

So now you know where you are going to have the ceremony and what your vows will be, you will also need to get some great invitations for the event.  Here are some invites I think you will like:

Wedding Vow Renewal Invitation -- Roses
Wedding Vow Renewal Invitation -- Roses by henishouseofpaper
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Okay, you have your location, the vows and the invites, planning the rest of your ceremony should be a snap and here is why:  All the formalities of a regular wedding do not have to be incorporated into a vow renewal ceremony.  It can be as formal or as informal as you desire.  This celebration is all about love that has endured!  Make it fun for you and your guests.  

One of the joys of a vow renewal is anyone can officiate your ceremony because you are already married.  Wouldn't it be fun to have your children officiate!        

Whether or not you have a wedding party is all up to you too! You can have all the same bridesmaids and groomsmen (now wouldn't that make a great photo shoot) or you may opt just for the kids or maybe just you and your spouse.  Whatever feels good to you. 

Who you invite is up to you too, but it is best to keep this special celebration just for close friends and family.

Now what should you wear.  Of course, your wedding gown is always an option (if it fits) or you can always choose a new outfit. The groom can wear his old tux or something new too.

You should definitely have a reception as part of the celebration and this can be as formal or as informal as you want it to be.  

The main thing to remember with a vow renewal celebration is the day is all about you and your love.  Make it at a memorable day for you and your guests by making it uniquely yours.