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If you are looking to celebrate the success of your marriage and reaffirm the love that you and your partner share for each other, there is no better way to do this than to renew your wedding vows. Marriage isn’t a piece of cake, and if you and your significant other have managed to make it through the ups and downs together, then why not commemorate that accomplishment. There are several things to consider when making the decision to say “I do” all over again, so keep reading to learn more.

Photo by Athens Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Why Renew?

There is no wrong reason to want to renew your vows. Perhaps you have a big anniversary coming up that signifies a major milestone in your marriage. Whether it is your 5,10, 25, or even 50 year anniversary, if the time feels right, then take the plunge. Renewing your vows doesn’t even have to be on a significant anniversary. Reliving your wedding day can represent the turning of a new leaf and a fresh start since it is a perfect way to reignite the flame and remind yourselves of your commitment to one another. If you originally had a shotgun wedding or your first wasn’t everything you had hoped and dreamed of, this also presents the opportunity for a second go at recreating your ideal ceremony.

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Planning your Vow Renewal

A vow renewal should by no means entail the same amount of stress and planning your original wedding because there are no clear cut rules you have to follow. Couples have the choice of hosting their renewal, but leaving your children to do the honors is a fun way to involve those closest to you. Many decide to go for the smaller and more intimate route by having a guest list that is much more limited. When it comes time to deciding on where it should be held, try thinking of somewhere that may have sentimental value to you and your partner. This can be anywhere from your home, a beach destination, to where you first met, or if you have grown in your faith together, a place of worship. Keep in mind that a vow renewal is not legally binding, so virtually anyone can officiate it at. 

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What to Wear?

The options of what you decide to wear on the day of your vow renewals are limitless, and the choice is all yours! Some couples choose to wear their original outfits, but if this is not possible or your wedding dress style is simply outdated, the potential to pick out something new and exciting prevails. The attire will depend on how formal of a ceremony you are wanting to have. Ladies often choose between an evening gown or cocktail dress, while some opt for a traditional wedding dress again. The best part about a vow renewal though, is that you can be as creative as you want and no one will even question it, even if you settle upon a bright pink wedding dress.

Renewing your vows gives you the chance to shout to the world once more and rejoice that you married the love of your life and that you would do it over and over again if you could. If you are looking to strengthen your marriage and make a toast on how far you and your partner have come and will continue to grow, I think I may hear wedding bells in your future!


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