Renewing of vows: Ideas to Celebrate your Wedding Anniversary
How long has it been since your wedding day? 1 year? 10 years? More? Remember how special and wonderful your wedding day was, saying the vows you had chosen or written to your loved one? Every day of your marriage is a chance to keep those vows alive, but what fun it would be to reaffirm them at a special ceremony! It doesn't matter how much time has gone by since your wedding day. Some couples choose to renew their vows with a quite ceremony every year! And others elect to have a big party to renew their vows every 10 years. Whether you choose to renew your vows often, or to make it a once in a lifetime celebration is up to you. Here are some suggestions for making the renewal enjoyable.
If you want to renew your vows every year, you may want to keep it as a simple and personal event between you and your husband. Plan a romantic get away on your anniversary, and make sure to have some quiet time together to repeat your vows to one another. Or even write new vows that reflect the new goals and changes in your lives. You may even want to locate the officiant who married you, and ask him or her to conduct a little service just for the two of you. It might be possible to do this at the home of your officiant, in a Church, a park, or where you were married. Renewing vows this way is peaceful, personal, and romantic!
What if it your original wedding was not quite the way you had planned it? Say it has been five years since you got married, and you are now more financially secure and able to hold the wedding you have always dreamed of? Then this is a super chance to renew your vows and give yourselves the wedding you have always wanted! You can make your wedding as big or small as you would like it to be. Just be sure to make it clear to guests and friends that this is a celebration of your vow renewal, and that gifts or bridal showers are not necessary (unless you really want them).
Anniversaries are a great time to plan your vow renewal. But you can also choose to do it on other special days, like a birthday, or the anniversary of your parents' wedding. In fact, getting together with your parents on their anniversary and planning a double vow renewal can be very meaningful.
If you like having lots of family and friends nearby, you could plan a family style get away where you, your parents, your friends can all meet up for a wedding vow renewal weekend! It would be fun to organize a big group at a place like a Bed and Breakfast, and request an officiant to conduct a mass renewal for all of the couples.
If you want to save your vow renewal for a once in lifetime event, you may want to save it for an extra special anniversary, like your 25th wedding anniversary.
However you celebrate, it will be sure to rekindle those sparks of love and joy you first felt on the day you got married!