5 Ideas for Renewing Your Wedding Vows

Vow renewals are a wonderful way to recommit to your marriage. There’s really no wrong way to do a renewal ceremony. Some couples that didn’t have a big wedding may choose to pull out all the stops and create the ceremony of their dreams. Others may prefer a low-key affair with just a few friends and family. Still others, like Michael J. Knapp and his wife, choose to have a destination ceremony so they can combine a family trip with the event.

Here are just a few ideas for planning the perfect vow renewal ceremony:

Pick a meaningful theme: Your marriage has no doubt been filled with meaningful moments. Any one of your important shared memories or interests can spark inspiration for your ceremony. Whether it’s a favorite vacation spot, a shared love of a culture or cuisine, or a favorite movie or novel, you can create a theme that reflects your unique marriage. Or, you can choose a broader theme that reflects your shared journey, looks back at your happy past, or looks forward to the next chapter in your lives.

Write your own vows: When you get married, you typically say traditional vows designed to join you as husband and wife. A renewal ceremony is your opportunity to create vows that are truly personal and reflective of you as a couple, based on how well you know each other now. Try incorporating shared memories, personal stories and reasons you would marry your spouse all over again. Many websites offer templates for vow renewals to use “as is” or as a springboard for your own ideas.

Consider a destination ceremony: Coordinating a large wedding that will take place far away can be challenging and expensive. However, because renewal ceremonies tend to be simpler and more intimate, they may be the perfect opportunity to travel somewhere fun or meaningful. Michael Knapp and his wife Amber, decided to head to Hawaii to renew their vows, and it was one of the best experiences of their lives.

Include your children: If you have children, consider making them part of the ceremony. They can be ring bearers or flower girls, they can walk you down the aisle or they can say a few words in your honor. They can also help with the decorations. For example, they can draw pictures of your family that you can use for the invitations or as table centerpieces.

Add personal touches: Incorporating special decorations or entertainment that reflect your life together, your heritage or your family traditions is a nice way to make your ceremony truly meaningful. Enlarge your favorite wedding photo and place it where everyone can see it. Or, place your wedding album and a family photo album on a table for guests to leaf through. You can also highlight a piece of heirloom jewelry or clothing in the ceremony or reception. Also consider honoring your roots by weaving in traditional wedding practices that reflect your heritage. Michael J. Knapp and Amber Knapp honored Amber’s Scottish heritage by incorporating the ancient tradition of handfasting into the ceremony.

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