The Do’s & Dont’s of Renewing Your Wedding Vows
Renewing your wedding vows can be a meaningful, touching, beautiful ceremony for both the couple, their family and of course their friends. There are several reasons couples choose to renew their wedding vows. For some it’s a way of marking a particular milestone anniversary in their marriage. For some couples if they have recently been separated or gone through some rough patches in their marriage renewing vows has a big impact as it gives them the opportunity of a fresh start. It can often be very emotional as they reflect on all they have been through together and have come out the other side. However, for other couples the reason, is simply they never had the chance to exchange vows in front of their friends and family in the way that they would have liked. A couple can plan a vow renewal ceremony at any given time after their wedding, so whatever the reason is to renew your wedding vows there is always some common sense best followed as this is still a serious ceremony of re-commitment to one and other.
Vow Renewal Do’s:
- Wear whatever colour you both wish. There is no written rule on what particular colour must be worn. See our colour trend forecast.
- Write your own personal vows, something with greater meaning to you both.
- Celebrate with a wedding reception- like party.
- Personalise the ceremony to you both. This adds more feeling and leaves the event memorable.
- Involve your children (if any) as much as possible in the ceremony.
- Be as creative and personal as you want. Let your invitation cover feature one of your children’s childhood drawings or a portrait of your first wedding.
- Buy new wedding bands. These could even be engraved with the date of the renewal ceremony.
- There is no reason a friend or loved one can’t conduct the ceremony if that is what you both choose.
- The ceremony itself can be conducted wherever the couple wish.
Vow Renewal Dont’s:
- There is no requirement to attend or host a bachelor or bachelorette party. This is not acceptable as you are already married.
- Do not invite a guest because you feel you have too. The guest-list should be close personal friends and family. This is not your wedding so keep it small.
- Refrain from asking for gifts. A vow renewal ceremony is not considered to be a gift giving event.
- Do not dress in casual ware, this may not be as formal as your wedding day but it’s still appropriate to make an effort.
- Do not leave it too late to choose a theme for the entire event. By doing this early it will make planning it much easier.
- Don’t forget that this is similar to planning a wedding, so ensure no details such as the cake, flowers, favors and photographer are forgot. Lots of little details and things to organise. See our post on what on to forget on your wedding day.