Many couples choose to renew their wedding vows for lots of different reasons. Some couples may do so to commemorate a special anniversary or milestone, whilst others may choose to do it to include family members or friends who couldn’t attend their wedding.
Time or financial constraints, or family members living in many different locations, are all factors which may influence couples to exchange vows for a second time. Some people may have had married in a civil ceremony and may choose to renew their vows so they can have a celebration with family and friends.
Some couples may choose to renew their vows so that their children may witness the occasion, and some may want to do it just because they want to! It’s entirely up to the couple, and there is no rule that you can’t renew your vows as many times as you like.
Renewing wedding vows can often make couples feel closer and give them a sense of togetherness also, as it is a celebration of marriage and a reinforcement of the union and promise made on the wedding day.
A vow renewal ceremony is a great way to mark a special anniversary, but it can also be used to celebrate a special occasion such as the birth of a child or an illness that has been overcome. For some couples, there is no better way to commemorate a milestone wedding anniversary such as the 10th, 25th, or even 50th than with a vow renewal ceremony. Some couples choose to renew their vows include celebrating the birth of a child, when family members who were absent at the first wedding return back home, or when one partner has overcome a serious illness or injury and the couple want to celebrate what they perceive as a second chance in life.
As a vow renewal is not a legal ceremony, essentially anyone can officiate it. You can ask a family member or friend, or you can hire an officiant, or even book the same celebrant who officiated your wedding!
There are no rules or restrictions, and as you’ve already experienced your wedding day, you don’t have to include traditional wedding elements like bridesmaids or Bomboniere if you don’t want to. There is no reason why the bride cannot wear a full white wedding gown, and the groom a tuxedo and bow tie if he wishes. In fact, many couples choose to have a lavish celebration because the original wedding was more low-key due to financial issues or time constraints.