Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Things to consider when planning your wedding vow renewals

Renewing your wedding vows is a manifestation either to yourselves or to others, of you keeping your promises to “love and to cherish one another, until death do us part”.  You may opt for a vow renewal in order to bring a difficult chapter of your lives to a happy conclusion. Or, you may have had children and want them to witness your declaration of unconditional love. Reasons vary as much as people do, and as long as you’re already legally married, you can have it as few or as many years after your wedding as you wish.

Don’t worry if your wedding dress or tuxedo no longer fits! There is nothing set in stone stating what you should or should not wear for your vow renewal.  You could wear the same outfit as you did on your wedding day; but there are many alternatives. If you’re into cosplay or fancy dress, you could all dress up as particular characters, or in accordance with a particular theme. Alternatively, you could wear evening attire such as a cocktail dress or a suit, or you could wear your swimwear if you’re on a beach!

It is not compulsory for anyone official to host the ceremony. For an intimate ceremony, you could have your children, grandchildren, parents or grandparents host it. Or you could opt for a more traditional route such as having a registrar or a vicar.

You could host your ceremony at your house with a barbeque, buffet or a roast dinner in the presence of only close family and special friends, or you could take your loved ones to a cottage or a historic mansion for the weekend. You could also host it in a place of worship to manifest your religious commitment, or on a beach in front of as many or as few people as you wish. If you prefer large parties where distant relatives, old school friends and work friends would be invited, you could rent out a hall and have a buffet and a disco; or you could rent a hotel and have a formal meal and dancing.

Replacing your wedding ring is optional. You could wear the original as a pendant, or keep it in a treasured box. A fitting symbol could be a trilogy ring, which, like the renewal ceremony, symbolises your past, present and future commitment to one another.

*This is a collaborative post*

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