Do consider a vow renewal if you want to honor a special time in your marriage
KirylV Maybe your marriage has survived some challenges and you’ve come out on the other side a stronger couple. Or perhaps you had a small wedding and never got the opportunity to celebrate with your family and friends. Or maybe you want those closest to you to share in the joy of having made it 10 years, 25 years, 50 years or more. Whatever the window, a vow renewal reaffirms your commitment to one another. Chicago-based event planner, founder and creative director, Sharon Ringier of Sharon Ringier Events, has planned vow renewals for both clients and herself. When planning her own renewal, she chose her wedding anniversary as a hallmark moment in her and her husband’s marriage. “Fast forward to our 20th anniversary—it was a milestone year,” she says, “one that many didn’t think we’d make it to, but we did! So, we went to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, and renewed our vows on the beach.”
Don’t let others dictate how you should plan this monumental day
mambographer While it’s great to have family and friends help you with this event, ultimately, the focus should be on you and your significant other and the promises you’re making to one another now and in the future. You can have an intimate event with family or an elaborate affair with many guests; there aren’t any right or wrong vow renewal ideas. Regardless of what you pick, “Do what moves your heart and feels right to you,” say Ringier. “I feel couples have had time to reflect on what’s kept them together, so there’s substance in a renewal. Vow renewals should be planned however a couple wants them to be.” What’s more, a vow renewal isn’t a legally binding ceremony. To add some personal elements to your ceremony, anyone from an ordained minister to your friends or family can officiate.