Renewing your Wedding Vows can be a very emotional and rewarding experience, sometimes more so than the original ceremony. Maybe your Wedding ceremony was not quite what you wanted. You may have felt pressured by family members to do it their way, or perhaps you were so nervous that now you can’t remember the day at all!
Now is your chance to do it all again—your way. You may want your Renewal Day to coincide with your Wedding Anniversary, or maybe you would rather it be a totally separate occasion. A Renewal can be adapted from a Wedding ceremony, however the celebrant must make it quite clear to your guests that it is a Renewal and not a Marriage.
When planning your ceremony with the celebrant, reflect on your time together: the highlights, such as buying your first house, the birth of your children, work promotions and pay rises, family holidays and celebrations of your children’s achievements.
There could be some sad times to recall also, and although you don’t want to have your guests in tears, it may be appropriate to mention the hard times ,and how you
supported each other and got through those difficult times, which in turn strengthened your relationship.
I have found, through experience, that a Renewal Ceremony can be more enriching than a Wedding Ceremony for some people, and often guests have come up to me after the ceremony, full of ideas and inspirations for their own ceremony.
Perhaps you have a significant anniversary not far away and your children are at a loss as to how to help you celebrate it, and what to give you as a way of remembering it. Why not suggest they give you a Renewal of Vows ceremony! What a wonderful and lasting gift. You can invite people who were guests at your wedding; maybe even the best man and bridesmaid, and it will be an unforgettable experience!