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Renewal of Marriage Vows Ceremony FAQs

This ceremony is for married couples that wish to celebrate renewing their marriage vows in a unique and personal ceremony.

Often these ceremonies are associated with a special wedding anniversary such as tenth, twenty-fifth, fortieth etc, but the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of marriage. It is sometimes particularly relevant to those who have been through a period which put a strain on their relationship, but who wish to celebrate their renewed commitment to each other. Many couples who get married abroad choose to renew their marriage vows in a special event held for family and friends on their return.

Any married couple, of any age and married for any length of time, can arrange a renewal of vows ceremony. It does not matter if you do not live in the area where you want your ceremony. You, or someone you know can also organise a surprise ceremony for one or both participants. We would just check that they are happy to proceed on the day of the ceremony.

No – these ceremonies have no legal effect and are not legally binding on those who participate in any way. The ceremony does not alter, add or detract from any rights or responsibilities that you already have as a married couple.

There are two types of ceremony you can choose from – ‘Classic’ or ‘Bespoke’.

The Classic Renewal of Vows ceremony is available on the ourceremony.co.uk system so you can make your ceremony choices online. It offers you a series of choices and readings and contains the following sections:

Introduction and Welcome

Acknowledgement of any children of the marriage

Reading

Renewal of Vows

Rededication of ring(s)

Giving of new ring(s) or gift(s)

Speeches (often from Best Man, Bridesmaid or Bride’s father, but any guest can take part here)

Further reading

Signing of Certificate – Witnesses

Closing words

You can choose to include your own readings and omit some sections if you wish.

 

The Bespoke Renewal of Vows ceremony is tailor made to your own requirements. Arranging a Bespoke ceremony will ensure that you get exactly the ceremony you want and you can make it as simple or as elaborate as you wish. You can decide to add your own words to the many choices we suggest in our comprehensive ceremony pack.

Often the ceremonies include:

Introduction and Welcome

Readings

Personal renewal of vows to each other

Participation of any children

Signing and presentation of Certificate

Closing Words

There are also many other options to add such as:

Symbolic actions like joining of hands, tree planting, lighting a candle

In Memory (to remember deceased family or friends)

Referral to absent guests

Religious, spiritual or cultural words or symbolic actions

Giving of gifts

Absolutely anywhere of your choosing; a marquee in your garden, a village hall or hotel, on a beach, in a forest, in a restaurant, a castle, a boat or in your own living room! The choice is yours. Bear in mind locations like pubs or beaches are open to the public and can, therefore, be disruptive and noisy.  Your Celebrant is required to visit you at home or at your venue beforehand to comply with Health and Safety requirements.

The venue does not have to be licensed in any way, nor does it have to be local to you. If you choose to hold your ceremony outside, be it at home, or at a friend or relative’s house, we would require you to have an inside room or some form of cover available in case of bad weather. Please note that we are not involved in organizing ceremony venues – they will have their own charges for room hire, catering etc.

Most of our ceremonies are conducted on either Saturdays or Sundays but they can be conducted on any day of the week. The ceremony fee is the same whether the ceremony is on a weekday or a weekend.

Yes you can hold your ceremony at home. We do have to first ensure that your home meets the required Health & Safety policy standards.

Take a look at our ‘Guidelines for Ceremonies at Home’ policy, this will give you an idea of the sort of things you need to consider.

This is your choice. One of our fully trained professional Celebrants can conduct the ceremony for you. Alternatively you can purchase the ‘Script Only’ option from us and arrange for someone you know to conduct the ceremony for you. We have Celebrants in most areas of the UK but not all, so the Script Only option is ideal on the very rare occasion we could not provide a Celebrant

Usually the answer is to this is yes, but it is dependent on the availability of your venue and our Celebrants. The Bespoke Ceremony cannot be arranged at short notice as we need a minimum of 6 weeks notice to arrange it, however the Classic Ceremony can be arranged with shorter notice so call us as soon as you can to discuss your needs.

Yes you can in the Bespoke Ceremony option. Our Bespoke Ceremony Specialist Team will contact you to ensure the ceremony is exactly as you wish.  In our Classic Ceremony there are several sections where you can add your own wording.

If there are religious or spirtual readings or references that have special meaning for you, you may include them at any point in a Bespoke Ceremony. In a Classic Ceremony, there is an opportunity to incude any religious or spiritual content in the speeches or readings that you choose.

A Classic Renewal of Vows ceremony usually takes from between 15 to 30 minutes and a Bespoke Ceremony usually takes rather longer, depending on the number of options included in the ceremony and the number of readings chosen.

Yes! In the Classic Ceremony this is provided in PDF format on our online system. For the bespoke we email you a copy and also provide you with a hard copy. Your script will be forwarded to your Celebrant on approval.

Yes, we include a commemorative certificate that you will sign during the ceremony along with two witnesses.

Yes, this is a perfect ceremony to bring family and friends together to share your celebration in the UK. You may also like to consider a Wedding Celebration Ceremony if you are getting married overseas.

Just as every couple is unique, every ceremony is unique; it is moulded by the couple and with their special relationship in mind so that they can celebrate their own personal commitments to one another. Because each ceremony is so unique, one ceremony cannot reflect more than one couple, so, unfortunately, the answer is no.

Other family and friends can hold their own unique ceremony at the same venue, on the same day but not at the same time.

Absolutely. There is no problem with this as long as you are now legally married and free to renew your vows.

Any other questions?

If you cannot find the answer you are looking for then please do not hesitate to contact us on 01480 276080 or email us at info@civilceremonies.co.uk

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