What does It Mean to Renew Your Vows? (with pictures)

Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky
Couples often rededicate their wedding rings when renewing their vows.
Couples often rededicate their wedding rings when renewing their vows.

There are many reasons to renew your vows. Couples often wish to "renew" their marriage after surviving a long separation or an unsettling period. Others are simply looking for a momentous way to celebrate an important anniversary. Those married out of town or abroad, may choose a renewal ceremony upon returning home to include family members and lifelong friends in their celebration. In some cases, couples married in an informal ceremony simply want to have a more formal wedding later in life, when they can better afford it.

Many couples renew their wedding vows at big milestones, like a 30th or 50th anniversary.
Many couples renew their wedding vows at big milestones, like a 30th or 50th anniversary.

The decision to renew your vows is a very special occasion. There are many options to choose from for your special day. There are renewal ceremonies available, or you can write your own vows and create a unique ceremony. You can also renew your vows by having a traditional wedding service. In some cases, the bride and groom will have the opportunity to give each other wedding rings for the first time during such a ceremony, while others will opt to rededicate the rings they already have.

Renewing marriage vows is an expression of love and celebration.
Renewing marriage vows is an expression of love and celebration.

In some cases, people want to include their children in the marriage ceremony, which may not have been possible when first wed. If renewing your vows for this reason, you may want to recreate your original service, right down to the original vows, to share every moment and detail with your children.

Other couples prefer to do things entirely different, writing their own, new vows. If you will recite new sentiments when you renew your vows, make sure you keep a copy of the special words you say to one another. Though the moment is incredibly special, after many years the exact words could fade from memory. You might consider having a commemorative plaque made to preserve your vows forever.

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StarBanobo
@Authordor: There is no set time for renewal of vows and no specific rules related to how this can be done. Usually, the couple celebrating decides on the time. Renewing wedding vows can be performed as a one time re-celebration of love on a milestone anniversary, such as the 25th or even 50th, or as a tradition that happens each year on the anniversary or at intervals such as every five years.
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When do renewals of vows typically happen?

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    • Couples often rededicate their wedding rings when renewing their vows.
      Couples often rededicate their wedding rings when renewing their vows.
    • Many couples renew their wedding vows at big milestones, like a 30th or 50th anniversary.
      Many couples renew their wedding vows at big milestones, like a 30th or 50th anniversary.
    • Renewing marriage vows is an expression of love and celebration.
      Renewing marriage vows is an expression of love and celebration.
    • An informal wedding may be followed by a more formal wedding later in life.
      An informal wedding may be followed by a more formal wedding later in life.
    • Some couples choose to renew their marriage vows after a long-term separation.
      Some couples choose to renew their marriage vows after a long-term separation.