WHY A WEDDING VOW RENEWAL CEREMONY?
A wedding vow renewal ceremony is a celebration of love and commitment that takes place after a couple has been married for some time. It can have all the trappings of a traditional wedding, or you may want to have a simple backyard BBQ and hire a qualified wedding celebrant to officiate a simple ceremony in front of a few family and friends.
While some romantically detached people may see it as an unnecessary expense or a gratuitous public display of affection, there are much more powerful counters to that argument.
Here are just a few:
TO REIGNITE THE PASSION
It is easy to get worn down by the challenges of life, especially when you’re in a relationship where what was once just two loved-up, starry-eyed people besotted by each other, has over the years been given added pressures and burdens from raising children to mortgages to job loss to utility bills and so on. While all of that is just an expected part of life, it can have a strain on a married couple and often what gets trimmed to make room for all of the extra responsibilities, is romance.
Relationships are like campfires. It takes a little spark at the start to get it going and then it roars and provides intense heat. As time goes by the fire can die down and even die out completely unless we add more logs to fuel the flames. Romance is that fuel.
If the relationship fire is dwindling, a romantic-rich vow renewal ceremony is like a load of firewood being chopped up and delivered to your home.
TO CELEBRATE A MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY
This in our experience is one of the most common reasons for a vow renewal ceremony. Many couples choose to renew their vows on their 10th, 25th, or 50th wedding anniversary. This is a great way to honour the longevity of their relationship and to reaffirm their commitment to each other. A vow renewal ceremony can also serve as a reminder of the love and dedication that has kept the couple together through thick, thin and every shape in between.
CREATE NEW MEMORIES
If most of your greatest life stories come from distant memories, it’s time to create new ones. You can create memories with the people you love who have come into your life after your original wedding. Add to life’s well of experience and your journal will be all the more richer for it.
GIVE YOURSELF A DO-OVER
Maybe the memory of your original wedding doesn’t bring the joy that you might have hoped for. Perhaps your original wedding was a disaster. Maybe certain people that you wanted there couldn’t make it. Maybe you would like to involve your children that may not have been around or who were too young to appreciate the occasion.
SYMBOLISE A FRESH START
Let’s be real, even the best marriages can go through troubling and dark times. Life is full of challenges, and sometimes those challenges can put a strain on a marriage. If you and your spouse have been through a difficult period, a vow renewal ceremony can symbolise a fresh start. It’s a chance to put the past behind you and move forward with renewed commitment and optimism. By reaffirming your love in front of friends and family, you can strengthen your bond and start a new chapter in your relationship.
INCLUDE NEWFOUND CULTURE
For some couples, a vow renewal ceremony is a chance to embrace their culture or religion. Perhaps they were unable to include certain traditions in their original wedding, or they have since converted to a new faith or become assimilated into a different culture to the one they grew up with. A vow renewal ceremony can be an opportunity to celebrate and incorporate culture into the ceremony.
RENEW YOUR VOWS IN A SPECIAL LOCATION
Maybe your dream wedding was on a Hawaiian beach. Maybe it was in a romantic Parisian location. But back in the day the finances said “hell no!” and the dream was binned. But now, you’ve been working and saving and that dream is well within reach. Is the opportunity lost because you’ve already been married? No! That’s where a vow renewal ceremony comes in.
YOU’RE GETTING INTO YOUR TWILIGHT YEARS
If you’re getting old you’re lucky! You’re still alive! You’re even more lucky if you’re with someone who has stuck by you for many years despite all the bumps and bruises life gives us. Why not recommit to each other publicly as a way to say “Thank you for sticking by me. Let’s keep at it!”
It’s also a great way to give an example of commitment that your younger family members can hope to aspire to.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK?
If any of these reasons make sense to you, forget the negative “Nellies” and consider a wedding vow renewal ceremony.
Whether you choose to have an intimate ceremony or a grand celebration, a vow renewal ceremony can be a beautifully powerful expression of your love and commitment to each other.
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