Ideas for Renewing Your Vows

Planning a vow renewal ceremony is as important as your original wedding ceremony, maybe more so. This guide contains ideas for renewing your vows.

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My husband and I are planning to renew our vows next year for our 5 year wedding anniversary. I already have a dress. We have no kids. We want a wedding that we never had, but not in a church partially since we have a lot of friends and family. Any suggestions?

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    Why not rent a community center where senior citizens meet daily - I am sure after hours [1pm] the seniors are gone and you can have the place to yourselves. The center we have where we lived costs $75 for 4 hours and has a kitchen included with the room for eating tables & chairs to be sat out for your guests.

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    My husband and I are going to renew our wedding vows for our 10th anniversary. It will be on December 16th to be exact. We do not have much money and want to be as frugal as we can be. Anyone have any suggestions for a frugal location? Thanks in advance.

    By Nancy from Colonial Heights, VA

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    I agree. My husband has broken his vows, so this would apply to us, but I If we renew them, it will be in our Pastor's office. We are already married, it is stupid to do the whole wedding over. Some friends of mine divorced and then remarried after 3 years. They went to the Pastor and he married them an hour later, after they went to the courthouse and came back with the license. It was right in his office too.

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    My husband and I have been married 10 years and it is also his 50th birthday. We would like to renew our vows and have a burgundy theme, but question is what do I wear and how do I combine the celebration of all three events, our 10th wedding anniversary, our vow renewal, and my husband's 50th birthday?

    By kath o

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    I've been a minister for many years and have officiated at a lot of weddings and vow renewals. You can just wear a nice dress if you want to or if you prefer, wear a wedding dress again. Just remember, that your guests will remember your celebration more than what you wear. I've officiated at weddings where the bride wore a tshirt that said "bride" and the groom wore one that said "groom". I've also officiated where the bride wore a wedding gown and the groom wore camouflage.

    So what you where can be your own personal choice.

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    Couple After Being MarriedMy husband and I are planning to renew our vows after 19 years. I want to show a before and after picture of us together. The tip is always take pictures of you and your hubby because in the long run, you're going to go back in time to when you first met. Couple Before Getting Married Couple After Being Married

    By Maria L. from Somerville, MA

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    My husband and I will have been married for 5 years October 2013. Due to things that were happening in our life we had no wedding. We signed papers with his brother and were married. I would really like to have a small wedding or I guess renewal. I already have a dress so that cost is out. There would be no need for a tux. We have three young kids so our budget is tight. Do you think it would be possible to do it all for $300? I would like to not feed a full meal, but snack bar or dessert. Any help would be great! Thank you.

    By Chelsea M

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    I did a revow for my sister in Tucson in 02 for just about what you have. It can be done, I promise.

    The dress was $50.00 but you say you have one. Great! Is there a thrift shop close where your hubby can get a suit? Or perhaps borrow one?

    Here are the things I did to pull this off...

    Her colors were for spring, which left everything else much easier. The "aisle" inside the church was 8/$1.00 pastel bags from the dollar tree, with contrasting colors of tissue paper inside each one, pulled up to show of course. In other words, pink in the yellow, yellow in the blue, etc. We simply weighed each one down with a zip lock of cat litter and down the aisle she walked.

    I found some spring wrapping paper that had pretty pastel circles on it, and cut them out for table scatter. Each table had to glass brandy snifter with colored water and a floating candle in it. Each chair had a bow on the back to match the color of water.

    A friend made the cake, and I made mini teddies for the topper.

    I made a guest book and a pen out of a half a Styrofoam ball glued onto a tuna can. Each was covered in lace, then the pen rested in a cap from a seam ripper that I shoved down inside - I kid you not.

    I made a poem and burned the edges then glued it to a pillar candle from the Dollar Tree, and stuck in pretty pearl straight pins around the edges for the unity set.

    We decorated a donated arch with flowers from the Easter stash, and I made all the flowers either from crochet thread or from the thrift stores. I re-purposed her veil and then went about to cook.

    We have a hot day to work in, so I chose cool foods. I made tuna and chicken salad sandwiches, pasta salad, veggie plate, food colored parfaits, and we had four kinds of soda with coffee and tea.

    It was a lovely day and we did pull it off for just around $275.00. I hope this helps. If you need any thing else, please don't hesitate to leave me a message through TF as we have some time.

    Best of luck to you both.


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    Red fire truck.My husband and I have been married for 20years. Our anniversary is in February. Now we are both firefighters and want to have our wedding there? How would you start that? Does anyone have any ideas on this?

    By smurfet501 from Vilonia, Conway, AR

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    Contact a wedding officiant in your state. If they are established as an officiant, they will be able to help you.

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    For Mother's Day, our last pastor would invite any married couple that wanted, to renew their marriage vows. He would do this at both services.

    By Julie from Naples FL

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    With Valentine's Day just around the corner, plan to renew your wedding vows. Done it before? Then, you know how very special it can be. If you never experienced this fantastic opportunity, give it a try. After all, love is the reason for the holiday! What better way to tell that special person in your life how much they mean to you!

    By Sandy

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    My husband and I are renewing our wedding vows. Our colors are navy blue and silver. If anyone has suggestions on decorations, I would love to hear them. I was also wondering if anyone knows how the ceremony is supposed to be? Thanks.

    By Terri from OK


    Planning for a Renewal of Vows

    Congratulations. How about using blue and silver snowflakes with glitter? I think that would be pretty. You could add them to a centerpiece of hang a bunch of them in different sizes from the ceiling or tie them on vases for the table decorations. Hope this helps. (12/01/2009)

    By chef4u

    Planning for a Renewal of Vows has some nice decorations (12/16/2009)

    By yessy1019

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