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.
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.
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.