Renewing your wedding vows - what you need to know
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Renewing your wedding vows – what you need to know

It doesn’t matter how long you have been married for, chances are that you may like the idea of renewing your vows and making all those promises and vows to one another all over again.

Seeing as your wedding day is often the greatest day of your life, well it makes sense that you might quite fancy doing it all over again.

Thinking about renewing your wedding vows and now quite sure where to start?

Here is our guide on everything that you need to know.

Why renew your vows?

There are a number of reasons why a couple might decide to renew their vows.

Some decide to celebrate a big anniversary, such as 10 or 20 years by having their very own second wedding.

Some couples want to say I do again after a big hurdle in their relationship, such as a major illness or perhaps having a child.

One of the biggest reasons that couples decide to renew their wedding vows is because they simply could not afford to have the wedding that they wanted first time around.

Later on in their life they are likely to be more financially stable, which means that they can afford to spend out a little.

What happens during a vow renewal ceremony?

A common question is whether or not a renewal ceremony is similar to a wedding ceremony.

The biggest difference between your wedding and your vow renewal is that there are no legalities on a vow renewal, you can simply make it your own.

You can choose to have an official celebrant to conduct the ceremony, or, if you would prefer, you could have a friend or a family member lead it instead.

If you have really fond memories of your wedding day then you could say the same vows and have the same music, however, you can just as easily make the entire thing different and a brand new celebration.

As you don’t need to have a licensed venue for a vow renewal, this opens up so many more choices for you for your special day.

It is really down to you on the size of the celebration that you want.

You may fancy something small and low-key, but you may also want to make this second celebration even bigger than the first!

Bridesmaids and best men are not required at a vow renewal, unless you want them of course and you don’t have to worry about hen and stag celebrations, although, you might still want an excuse to get out together and let your hair down.

The key thing to remember when it comes to your wedding renewal is that you keep it entirely about you both as a couple.

Do what you want do and have the things that you want to have.

After all, you only get to renew your vows once right?

Stephen Coleclough
Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is one of the UK's premier wedding DJs and the winner of multiple industry awards and accolades. His favourite wedding song? Love Shack of course - a guaranteed floor filler! You can find him on Twitter at

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