Wedding vow renewals give couples a chance to do
it all over again. There are many reasons for wedding vow renewals
including giving the couple the chance of "doing it right the
second time," to emphasize an important anniversary or to reaffirm
the marriage after a crisis. Others simply want the romance of showing
to the world their deepening relationship over time.
Some couples choose wedding vow renewals in order to do it right
the second time meaning that perhaps the first time around they
went to Las Vegas and now they want a nice church wedding in front
of family and friends.
Another reason for doing it right the second time is that sometimes
couples feel that the first time was all about the family and friends
and the church and now they want it to be all about them.
There are other couples who wish to do their wedding vow renewals
on an important anniversary such as the 10th, 25th or even 50th
year of marriage. This type of wedding vow renewal typically will
take a look at the original set of wedding vows, how the promises
have been kept and how the couple wishes to keep those vows and
even perhaps add to them or modify and clarify them a bit.
A few couples will wish to renew their wedding vows after a crisis
in the marriage. The crisis could be a health issue, infidelity,
estrangement or some other issue that has created a wedge between
marriage partners. Once the crisis has passed and been worked through,
the couple will then want to give testimony and say their wedding
vow renewals to each other to reaffirm the next, stronger part of
Then, there are the couples who are simply romantics at heart and
after many years wish to renew their wedding vows as a testament
to each other and their family and friends of their deepened love
over time. This couple may take a "before and after" approach
to their wedding vow renewals stating this is how love was then
and this is how it is now.
Because wedding vow renewals are spiritual and not official, couples
usually seek out clergy to perform the ceremonies. Those who don't
go this route can also seek out a judge or ship's captain for the
Since wedding vow renewals are generally more flexible than the
original events, they may be performed almost anywhere. Churches,
beaches, banquet halls, parks, chapels, or exotic island getaways
are all places that couples choose to deliver their wedding vow
The important aspect of wedding vow renewals, however, is not the
location, but rather the statement of personal commitment. Wedding
vow renewals can help reinvigorate a marriage with the deeply felt
words and promises of an even better marriage.