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What Is a Vow Renewal?

A vow renewal is a celebratory ceremony for a married couple to reaffirm their commitment to each other. The most popular are milestone anniversaries (10, 25, or 50 years), however, there is no rule as to when to have one.

Vow Renewals are a wonderful way to celebrate your love and reaffirm the promises you made to each other on your wedding day. If you are thinking about having a vow renewal ceremony, a joyous celebration of your marriage can be planned easily and confidently with a little guidance from the experts.

Does a Vow Renewal Require a License?

You are not required to obtain a marriage license or use a registered church minister officiant.  A vow renewal is purely ceremonial.  You’re not limited by marriage laws, religious restrictions, or location. 

Why not make it a Destination vow renewal and take the family? Or go to a romantic spot with just two of you and the officiant, as there is no need for official witnesses. 

How to Plan a Vow Renewal

There is no standard protocol for planning a vow renewal ceremony.  You have lots of freedom to create a meaningful celebration. Here is a general planning guide:


Whether at a beach destination, a rooftop restaurant in the Caribbean or just the two of you at a romantic location in Europe, your celebration can be as formal or informal as you’d like.

Choose a date and send invitations.

Once you select the location and date, send an invitation reflecting the tone and formality of the event.

Pick your outfit.

You don’t need to wear a wedding gown, veil or tux—wear what you like.  If you choose to get dressed up for the occasion that is perfectly fine.  Whatever you choose, your outfit should reflect the formality of the event.

Meet with your officiant.

Resorts in Mexico & Caribbean Islands will provide an officiant., who can deliver a welcome that outlines some of your married life experiences. You may have readings and well-wishes from guests before you say your vows. Ideally, read your vows aloud to each other. Follow up with a blessing by the officiant, a big kiss and walk out to “your song” to greet each guest personally.  

Gifts from your guests are not to be solicited or expected. You can, however, present each other with new or upgraded wedding rings.

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