Renewing your wedding vows is a wonderful way to commemorate your relationship and reaffirm your commitment to your loved one. If you and your spouse are planning to renew your vows, here are some answers to some commonly asked questions on the topic.
How Soon Can You Renew?
There is no strict time limit. A renewal can happen after a few months of marriage or after twenty-five years of marriage. Some couples will renew their vows to celebrate milestones in their relationship (such as reaching their 10th wedding anniversary) while others renew their vows yearly.
Generally, most couples host their vow renewals. But it is not uncommon for their children or close friends to host the event.
What is the proper venue?
You can renew your vows in a church, at home, at a special destination, or anywhere that has sentimental meaning for you and your spouse.
Since a vow renewal is not a legally binding ceremony like a wedding, anyone can officiate. Some common choices are a clergyperson, a judge, your children, a relative, or a close friend.
Who should you invite?
If you opt for an intimate renewal ceremony, you can invite just close family and friends who have watched your relationship develop. However, you can also host a larger party if you prefer.
What should you wear?
What you wear really depends on your personal preference. Traditionally, most couples opt for elegant evening wear -- a cocktail dress or evening gown for ladies and a nice suit for men. Other couples choose to wear wedding attire, which may mean resurrecting your original wedding dress and tuxedo from the depths of your closet.
Does it require a wedding party?
Typically, no. You may, however, want to invite your original bridesmaids and groomsmen to stand up for you informally. Many couples also involve their children and grandchildren in the ceremony by having them perform a reading.
Who walks you down the aisle?
Although there is no set rule, usually you would have your children escort you.
What should your vows say?
A renewal is a chance for you to reflect on your relationship and perhaps even the original vows you wrote.
Should you have a reception?
Yes! You can determine how formal or informal you want the festivities to be, but a reception is a wonderful way to celebrate your relationship with your family and friends.