RENEWAL OF VOWS
Know when the time is right
Renewing your vows is a special celebration for a married couple. The ceremony is the celebration of two lives together over a period of time. It can be celebrated at anytime in a relationship but is usually on a special day for the couple.
This could be on the day that you met, knowing that you had met the ‘special one’, the anniversary of the day you were married, or just that it feels right to reaffirm your vows to one another.
Reaffirmation of the vows that you said to one another on your wedding day is a demonstration of your affection and love that you still have for your partner and you want to celebrate with your family and friends, showing that your love for each other is stronger than ever.
Your ceremony to renew your vows can take place where you were married, at your home, on the beach, in a garden or basically anywhere that has sentimental meaning for your both.
I enjoy helping couples to create a ceremony that tells the story of their love for each other. Whether it is one year, 10 years, 25 years or 50 years after their wedding day, the joy for me to help couples express their journey of love is a privilege.
Families and friends play an important part in the ceremony, especially if the ceremony is taking place on a wedding anniversary. Inviting the people who were part of the wedding party, will add special meaning to the ceremony.
Many couples also involve their children and grandchildren, perhaps being escorted down the aisle by them or having them perform a reading during the ceremony. Don’t walk down the aisle alone. Have your children escort you, or, better yet, walk down the aisle together.
Exchanging the Vows
The ceremony will not be the same as your wedding day, but you will exchange your vows, either recalling what you said when you were first married or make new vows that are more meaningful to you both now, expressing how you feel and how your relationship has developed since you first exchanged your vows.
Exchanging Rings or a Gift
You can exchange your original rings (perhaps with an engraving of the date of the renewal of vows) or new rings to symbolise the reaffirmation of your vows.