Thinking of making it official... again? Renewing your vows is a beautiful way to affirm your commitment to your husband or wife. If you're planning a vow renewal, know there are things you can do to make the event especially memorable and unique. To get the scoop, we asked Emily Reno of Weddings & Events by Emily, Carrie Gentry of Touch of Elegance Events & Design, and Nora Sheils of Bridal Bliss for their best vow renewal recommendations.
Go back to your original ceremony spot.
Bring everything full circle by renewing your vows in the same locale where you first tied the knot. Reno, who's based in Las Vegas, sees this often. "I often have older couples come to me who say they were married in Vegas years prior and want to do something special in the same place," she explains. To make your renewal different than the first ceremony, she suggests creating a custom ceremony that's unique to the two of you.
Ditch the traditions.
Maybe you felt pressured by family and friends to have a very traditional ceremony. This time around, Sheils says you should go ahead and skip any traditions that don't feel right to you. "The couple's personalities can really shine through with a vow renewal," she explains. She loves the idea of a surprise renewal, in which the couple invites their closest friends and family to a "party" before whisking them off to the renewal. "Asking your original bridal party to stand beside you is nice, too," she adds.
Tie it all back together.
There's nothing like reliving the day that you and your spouse chose each other forever. "We've seen people have slideshows during the processional," says Gentry. "We've also had the bride and groom's kids preside over the ceremony, which makes it that much more personal."