Renewal of Vows Ceremonies
As a Civil Celebrant I am pleased to conduct ceremonies that allow for the type of ceremony you are looking for. Reaffirmation or Renewal of Vows Ceremonies and second wedding ceremonies are celebrated for many reasons.
Sometimes people choose this ceremony to celebrate a significant wedding anniversary (anything from 5 years to 50, or more!) or a landmark birthday, or perhaps you were married overseas and wish to share a ceremony with your friends and family. Often a couple wishes to re-enact their marriage ceremony with family and friends who were not able to attend the original wedding, if for example, the couple married overseas.
A Renewal of Vows can also be celebrated when a particularly difficult patch in a marriage has passed, and to rekindle the marriage commitment. The Renewal of Vows is not only an expression of love for each other, but also a remembrance of times past and of a renewal of hopes for the future.
A Renewal of Vows could be to re-enact a couple’s wedding day with their old friends and new friends, as well as family, and possibly their children, to share their life, their history and love story in their latter years.
And sometimes, just because it feels like a good thing to do!
Whatever the reason, I will work with you to create a unique ceremony you will cherish. You can include any part of your original ceremony that you wish, including special music, and, if possible even invite members of the original wedding party to be involved. I will provide you with a variety of readings and ideas to help inspire you, and you may ask those close to you to contribute also, by sharing their stories and memories, giving readings, or reciting poems they have written specially for the occasion.
Generally, for such a ceremony, we spend a little time reflecting on your history, revisiting important events along the way, e.g. the birth of children, relocation of your home, and other key milestones and events that have taken place over the years. If you wish to exchange gifts or eternity rings to mark the occasion, this can be incorporated into the ceremony. If appropriate, your children or grandchildren can take a special part in the celebration, too.
Renewing your vows is a wonderful way to look back over the years you’ve shared with each other, honouring and celebrating the good times and the challenges, and is a lovely way to give thanks to each other and to those nearest and dearest, as you make your vows and wishes for the years you’ve yet to share.
There are no legal requirements for a Renewal of Vows or second wedding ceremony, so no birth or marriage certificates are required. The ceremony is usually very personal it is the tale of a couple’s love and their commitment to see each other through the rest of life’s journey.
To mark the event a certificate is issued including details of this celebration. As with your original Certificate of Marriage, there is space for you and your witnesses signatures, and mine as celebrant.
If you are interested in holding a Reaffirmation/Renewal of Vows ceremony, simply contact me by phone or email and I will be happy to discuss your ideas and options with you.
What To Do:
Should all of this strike a chord with you and you would like to know the best way to start preparing a ceremony, then you are welcome to contact me. I can arrange a meeting with you to discuss your ceremony requirements. Please see my what to do page for more information and to check your proposed date you may use my online calendar, along with the resources page for more quality suppliers and services.
Please find my Renewal of Vows information sheet below containing all the information: