News: What’s a Vow Renewal Ceremony? When & Where?


Beach Anniversary in Phuket.



What’s that?

A vow renewal is simply a way to celebrate a marriage during your official anniversary or not. Perhaps you’ve made it to 10, 25 or 50 years together and you want the world to know that 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. Do it Again when you want.


A reaffirmation can take place literally anytime after the actual wedding,  the next day or 30 years later. But you don’t want to renew too soon or too often, unless you’ve eloped and would like to make your vows public upon your return. Otherwise, be sure to reserve the occasion for milestone years anniversary (like 10 or 25).


You can renew your vows basically, anywhere that has sentimental meaning for you both: at home, in a pretty garden or park, on a mountaintop or on a cruise, or… on a stunning beach or a mystical temple during your meaningful Holiday in Thailand!

Who Hosts?

Many couples host their own renewals, and some have their children do the honors. And it’s so nice when the couple’s closest friends, perhaps the original maid of honor and best man, host the event for them.

Who Officiates?

A vow renewal isn’t a legally binding same as a wedding is, so virtually anyone you’d like can officiate the ceremony: an official celebrant, a judge, your children, a close relative or even close friends.

Which Outfit?

Dress up! If you’re the bride, you could even wear your original wedding gown if you’re comfortable with it (and it still fits!). Or choose another dress: a pretty cocktail dress, a formal evening gown or a nice suit, depending on your taste and the formality and style of the celebration. Skip the veil, but wear a hat or flowers in your hair if you’d like.

And if you chose the Beach Venue… just bring a light white dress and leave the hairstyle to the wind.

What Happens?

You’ll exchange vows, recalling what you said when you were first married or re-writing the news vows after years. This is an opportunity for both of you to really think about how you feel about your relationship, especially if the last time you exchanged vows was decades ago. After you’ve both spoken, exchange rings. These can be your original bands with new engravings, or new rings purchased expressly for the occasion. Children, close relatives and special friends can do readings as well.

Have a Reception?

Of course! The party can be any style, casual or intimate, but you have to appropriately celebrate your Vows again. There can be dancing, a cake, fireworks… etc. You might bring along your original wedding photo album so you can take guests on a trip down memory lane, as well as family photos through the years of your marriage. Guest can bring their pictures about your relationship as well, it will be so funny!

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