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Whether you’ve been married for years or are newly-wed, a vow renewal ceremony is a way to express your ongoing love and commitment to each other, and to perhaps celebrate this with just the two of you or some of the important people in your lives.

It also gives you the chance to once again express your love in a ceremonial setting, to reaffirm your commitment to each other and perhaps include your children and families. It’s something many couples find strengthens their relationship.

Here are some reasons why couples choose to renew their wedding vows:

Milestone anniversary

Making a marriage last is hard work. Whether you’ve made it to 5, 10 or even 20 years together, reaching a significant milestone in your marriage deserves to be celebrated. And what better way to celebrate your milestone anniversary than to plan a vow renewal ceremony; a meaningful way to reaffirm the commitment that you made to one another all those years ago.

Surviving the tough times

Many couples go through a rocky patch at some point in their marriage. If you’ve come out of a tough time stronger than before, you may want to celebrate your love surviving with a vow renewal ceremony. Renewing your vows can be a powerful way to reinforce that, despite the tough times, you’re still together, with your vows seen as a fresh, clean start to your marriage and your future together.

Reassess your vows

After going through the ups and downs of marriage, certain vows you made the first time round may not be as relevant anymore. Whether that’s through changing priorities or a different stage of your life, renewing your wedding vows is a chance to reinforce that your love has remained strong, no matter what has changed or what you’ve gone through together.

Include family and friends

Because a vow renewal ceremony isn’t a legal ceremony, it’s far more flexible and not as restrictive as a wedding ceremony, which many couples find more relaxing than the first time round.

Your vow renewal ceremony can be as casual, serious or as lighthearted as you like, reflecting your personalities with music, readings, poetry and involving family members and friends as part of your ceremony - big or small, it's about taking time to acknowledge and renew your love for each other.

I can be there to help you get started planning your vow renewal ceremony – a special time celebrating just you two and your relationship!

Thanks to Celebrants Aotearoa.

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