Whether you’ve been married for one year or 30 years, vow renewals are a special way to remind your other half how much you love and care for them. If you would like to renew your vows again in front of family and friends, here’s what you need to know:
Choose a host
Much like a wedding, you can choose who hosts this event. Typically it’s the couple who puts the vow renewal celebration together but children and other loved ones are just as welcome to host.
Opt for a meaningful location
While you don’t have to renew your vows in the same place you tied the knot, you should choose a location that has special meaning for both of you. For instance, arrange for the vow renewal ceremony to take place at your honeymoon location, in your current place of worship or where you had your first date. Wherever it is, make sure the place you choose has sentimental value – it will make the event all the more special.
Decide who to invite
Your vow renewal ceremony can be as large or as small as you would like. You can choose to invite only close friends and family, or you can open up the event to a larger group of people for a big celebration. No matter how many people you invite, you’ll want to send out vow renewal invitations 2-4 weeks prior to the date. On the invitations, make sure to note that gifts are not expected. A vow renewal is purely celebratory for everyone involved.
Make new memories
You can certainly incorporate elements from your original nuptials, like reciting the same vows or wearing your wedding gown. However, you should also take this opportunity to make new memories with your spouse. Opt for different flowers or march down the aisle to a different tune – it’s up to you!
Hire a photographer
A vow renewal can be just as special as your wedding, and you’ll be glad that you have photos of the event to look back on years from now. If you don’t want to splurge on a photographer, ask a friend who’s savvy with a camera to take pictures for you. Oh, and be sure to get that classic shot where you and your spouse are holding a photo from your wedding day. How beautiful!