(Serving the Amicalola Falls area in the North Georgia Mountains)
Having a wedding vows renewal is a popular tradition for many couples to do. It’s usually done on one of the “big” anniversaries, such as the 10th, 15th, 20th and so on but can be done at any time.
If you have a copy of the original wedding vows that you spoke to each other on your special day, you may use that. If not, then you can choose any of the ceremonies on this site or create your own from the different parts offered here.
This is one of the reasons that I like to give couples a copy of their wedding ceremony. Another reason is that I think some time and effort should go into both the creating of the wording and the presentation of it.
I have on several occasions had to officiate, for various reasons at a wedding that some other official had originally planned to do. Each time, when given the ceremony, not one of them had bothered to write it up in an esthetically pleasing manner.
Most were on just a plain piece of paper with the names of the couple penciled in on a pre-made and copied ceremony that was the only one used. There was no choice of wording other than what that particular officiant liked to use.
One had even written it in 12 point type with texting abbreviations (ur, 4u, etc.) so that it would fit on one side of the page in landscape style and could be held and read at the wedding. I had a very hard time following it as I have no tweens or teens at home and therefore do not understand text messaging.
Therefore, if you do a wedding vows renewal with me and you don’t have your original vows, you will get a personalized ceremony on nice paper and in a white pocket folder to keep for another “big” year anniversary. It is my opinion that this is the proper way to do a wedding ceremony.
Renewing Your Vows
Renewing your vows is really not much different from the original ceremony in wording unless you would like it to be. You can say something like, “I again take you as my wife…”, "I still take you as my husband..." or just do it as the original one was worded. There are no hard and fast rules.
Many couples opt to have a big celebration with their family and friends at a wedding vows renewal, complete with cake, champagne etc. just like the original. Others choose a private, quiet ceremony with just the two of them. Of course, there are many variations in between as well.
If doing a big celebration, a sand ceremony is a lovely way to include all of the children in the family, grown-up or otherwise. That way everyone can feel that they are an integral part of the tradition.
You can use the wording from the blended families wedding vows to get an idea of what might work for renewing your vows. One Dawson county magistrate judge does a group wedding vows renewal every Valentine’s Day, which I think is a sweet thing to do.