Many people believe that entering into marriage is the final step in a romantic relationship. As they see it, a couple meets, gets to know each other, falls in love, decides they want to go through life together, and then take the final step – marriage.
But marriage is not meant to be the final step in couple’s relationship – it is really just the beginning of a grand adventure that hopefully, will be long and fruitful for each couple.
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.
You’ll exchange vows, recalling what you said when you were first married. You could also vary the wording and write original vows. 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 (perhaps the date of your vow renewal) or new rings purchased expressly for the reaffirmation (a great time to upgrade those bands, if you want to). Children, close relatives and special friends can do readings, and you can have meaningful music playing, just as you would at a wedding ceremony.