Why You Should Consider an Amazing Vow Renewal

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Renewing your amazing wedding vows is a beautiful way to declare your commitment to your spouse and honor your promises when you first married. It’s like saying “I still do” and reaffirming your life and future together.  

If you’re thinking about renewing your vows but are unsure what it entails, you’ve come to the right place! As a Caribbean wedding and event planner, I’ve enjoyed planning meaningful celebrations, including destination vow renewals. 

And although I’ve written about how to plan a destination vow renewal ceremony in the Bahamas and given tips for renewing your vows in style, I’ve never talked about why recommitment ceremonies are worth having in the first place. 

So, if you’re on the fence about renewing your vows – particularly in a destination location – here are my top reasons. 

Why Do Couples Renew Their Vows?

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Spanish Wells Bahamas Renewal of Vows. All photos by Alfred Anderson Weddings

You may be asking yourself, why should you renew your vows, anyway? 

Every couple will have their reasons, but the simple answer is to celebrate and recommit to your marriage. 

Some couples choose to renew their vows after reaching a significant milestone or anniversary and want to celebrate with close friends and family.

Others may have had a modest wedding or eloped and now want to renew their vows in a big way.

And then there are quite a few couples renewing their vows one year after having to postpone their wedding due to COVID-19. Many couples who had smaller wedding ceremonies during the pandemic are now gathering their family and friends for a one-year vow renewal. 

There is no right or wrong answer, of course. Whatever reason you choose to have a recommitment ceremony is perfectly wonderful! 

Why Consider an Amazing Destination Vow Renewal

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groom, awaiting the first look

You can renew your vows any time you like.

Whether you have a big anniversary coming up (it doesn’t have to be your wedding anniversary!), a special date that you want to celebrate, or just because you feel like it – you can host a vow renewal whenever you’d like. 

There are no rules when it comes to when a reaffirmation should occur. The choice is ultimately up to you and your spouse. But as with any event, your location and guest list may affect when you can host the ceremony.

There are no worries if you want to keep your vow renewal between you and your spouse. But if you’re going to invite friends and family, you’ll need to do a bit of extra planning around the date.

And the same goes for your preferred location. If you’d love to host your renewal at a resort in the Bahamas, you’ll want to plan early to lock in a date. Chic Bahamas can help you with that!

The ceremony is truly personal.

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A recommitment ceremony isn’t a legal proceeding. So, although it resembles a wedding ceremony, there is much more freedom in creating it. 

For one, anyone can act as an officiant. You could have a close friend, a family member, or even your children lead the ceremony, making it even more personal. And whoever you choose to officiate can be as involved in your amazing destination vow renewal as you’d like them to be.

Chic Bahamas Weddings can help you plan a ceremony structure that fits your vision. We’ll work with you to incorporate the changes in your lives since you first got married. Perhaps you’ll want to walk down the aisle as a family or have a relative read something meaningful during the ceremony. 

The vow exchange is also a personal moment. You may choose to recite your original vows or exchange new ones. The beautiful thing about writing new vows is that it allows you to think about how the two of you have grown together. And what you mean to each other. Let your heart speak.

After reciting your vows, you’ll exchange rings, which can also be original or new. Many couples like to commemorate the day by purchasing new bands and engraving them with the date or special saying.  

It’s unique from your original wedding.

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A vow renewal celebration can be anything you want it to be. And it allows you to do things differently than you did the first time around. 

Renewing your vows can be a one-of-a-kind experience shared with friends and family or by yourselves. Make it as lavish or as simple as possible, and include unique touches meaningful to your love story. For example, you might want to bring a collection of original wedding photos (as well as photos you’ve taken throughout the years) and take a trip down memory lane.

And feel free to wear whatever you want to your vow renewal, including your original outfit. A simple cocktail dress, jumpsuit, slacks, and button-up are wonderful options. 

You can host it in a stunning location.

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What could be better than renewing your vows in a dreamy location? Especially if you haven’t had a getaway trip with one another in a long time! 

When thinking about where to host your destination vow renewal, ask yourself questions like:

  • Do you want it to be “elopement style” with just the two of you, or do you want family/friends?
  • Do you want to incorporate it into a vacation in the same destination, or are you planning to go somewhere else before/after the ceremony?

If you haven’t already done so, go ahead and put the Bahamas at the top of your list. Because no matter what kind of amazing destination vow renewal you’re planning, the beautiful islands have a little something for every celebration.

And, of course, Chic Bahamas Weddings will help you plan your perfect recommitment ceremony in paradise. We can offer you romantic vow renewal ideas and provide you with all the guidance and resources you need to make this dream come true.

Why limit yourself to one wedding celebration? Send us a note, and let us know what kind of vow renewal you have in mind. We’ll take it from there!