Renewing your vows
If you’ve just gone through the whole wedding thing then the last thing on your mind will be another celebration to renew your vows.
But a few years – or decades - down the line and who knows?
Renewing your wedding vows is a very special thing. You are declaring to your family and friends that your commitment to one another is as strong as ever.
There are lots of reasons why couples decide to renew their vows and it can be done at any time, no matter how long you have been married.
For some, a renewal is a great way of sharing their marriage with family and friends who were not able to attend the wedding ceremony itself, perhaps because you had a private beach ceremony somewhere exotic.
It may also be because the marriage has united two people from very different cultures or countries and having two ceremonies is a way of everyone being able to witness and celebrate the marriage.
The decision to hold a renewal ceremony could also be taken after a difficult period the couple have endured, prompting them to reaffirm their commitment to each other and their life together, not just in their eyes, but to everyone who is important to them.
For others, reaching a special milestone or anniversary in their relationship may prompt them to let everyone know just how much they still love each other.
The ceremony is also a chance to rededicate the original wedding rings or give new rings to each other and involve children, other family members or friends who may not have been in your lives when you originally married, creating wonderful and new happy memories for all involved.
Just as with the original wedding ceremony, there are many options to choose from to make it personal to you and your specific situation.
The first decision is to decide whether to have your marriage blessed or renew your vows in church or opt for a civil ceremony renewal.
With a civil ceremony you can choose to hold your ceremony either at the register office or any of the approved premises.
You can choose what you want the ceremony to contain to personalise it as much as possible with other people taking part and you will also need two people to act as witnesses.
Renewing your vows is held very much along the same lines as any other wedding ceremony and although a celebrant will conduct your civil ceremony, they won’t act in any official capacity. The ceremony itself has no legal status and is not legally binding on any of the participants.
But it will, nevertheless, be a lovely thing to do.
For more information contact your local church or register office
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