You’ve just spent, 10, 25 or 30 amazing years together, you want the world to know that the love is still there and that you would do it all over again. Or maybe you want to reaffirm your commitment to each other after a rough period in your relationship. Then a vow renewal is an excellent idea and to help you in this very trendy process these days Label’Emotion London gives you all the keys to plan a perfect vow renewal.
Who Should Be Invited?
Depends on what type of celebration you want. You may choose to have an intimatevow renewal, inviting just close family and friends who have known you through the years. Or you might want to throw a huge party maybe because you couldn’t afford the big wedding you dreamed of the first time, or just because you’ve been married for 25 years and feel like celebrating your love.
Where should it be?
You can have your vow renewal in a house of worship, at home, on the beach, in a pretty garden or park, on a mountaintop or on a cruise, basically anywhere that has sentimental meaning for both of you.
Who officiates a vow renewal?
You’ll need an officiant of some sort, but for a vow renewal, you don’t need to find someone legally permitted to perform a wedding. You may choose to have your clergyman do the ceremony, or a close friend or family member. If you have grown children, having one of them officiate the wedding can add a nice touch.
What should the invitation say?
The invitation is similar to a wedding invite, except no hosts’ names are at the top:
The honor of your presence is requested at the reaffirmation [or ” vow renewal”] of the wedding vows of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Smith [or “Lily and John Smith”]…
Dress up! If you’re the bride, you could even wear your original wedding gown if you’re comfortable with it (and if it still fits!). If you have enough budget you could choose another wedding dress. Or you can opt for a pretty cocktail dress, a formal evening gown or a nice suit, depending on your taste and the formality of the celebration. The veil is not ideal, but instead you can wear a hat or flowers in your hair if you’d like.
If you’re the groom, you might wear your original tuxedo (if it still fits again), suit or uniform if you’re in the military), updated with a new tie or vest. Or choose a new ensemble for this celebration. Wear a watch and a boutonniere in your lapel.
This an opportunity for both of you to really think about how you feel about your relationship and to say it to the person you have loved for so many years. After you’ve both spoken, exchange rings. These can be your original bands with new engravings or new rings purchased expressly for the vow renewal.
What not to do!
A vow renewal is not the time to upgrade your kitchen or ask money for a second honeymoon. It can be considered tacky to ask your guests for gifts when you are already an established married couple. But if your vow renewal date is close to your wedding date, then you can consider having a registry if you really need one.
Also skip the bridal shower and the bachelor(ette) party. This can be inappropriate especially for the bachelor(ette) party which is supposed to be your last night out as a single woman or man.
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