There’s a lot of reason why you can decide to renew your weddings… Simply put, a vow renewal is a way to celebrate your marriage. Perhaps you’ve made it to 2, 5, 10, 25 or 50 years together and you want the world to know you’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Maybe you want to reaffirm your commitment to each other after a rough period in your relationship. There’s no wrong reason to renew.
Many couples host their own renewals, and some have their children do the honors. One trend we love is the couple’s closest friends, perhaps the original maid of honor and best man, choosing to host the event. And don’t feel like you have to find a secular event hall or an outdoor space to hold the ceremony—many traditional halls of worship make wonderful, meaningful venues.
You can renew your vows in a house of worship, in a church, at home, on the beach, in a pretty garden or park, on a mountaintop or on a cruise—basically, anywhere that has sentimental meaning for both of you.
You might choose to have an intimate reaffirmation, inviting just close family and friends who’ve known you through the years. Attendants are unnecessary for a vow renewal, but you might choose to invite your original bridesmaids and groomsmen to stand up for you informally, for sentimental reasons. Many couples also involve their children and grandchildren, perhaps being escorted down the aisle by them or having them perform a reading during the ceremony.
Otherwise you can definitely throw a large party for your extended family and a wider circle of friends. The party can be any style, from a casual backyard barbecue or an intimate family dinner to a cocktail party or dinner as large and complex as a traditional wedding reception. There can be champagne, dancing, a cake—the works. At some point during the celebration, the two of you can thank or toast family members and special friends for what they’ve contributed to your marriage over the years. And you’ll probably be toasted by many of them. Be sure to hire a photographer to capture the event.