As you know, the wedding industry is one of the biggest industries around. In fact, it’s quite a ludicrous industry to be in because there will never be a shortage of couples who desire to take their relationships to the next level. And while we hear a lot about what it means to plan a wedding – venue, wedding dress, bridesmaids’ and flower girl dresses, the honeymoon, etc., we don’t hear a lot about vow renewals.
Is this because there aren’t many couples out there who desire to renew their vows? No, it’s really because full-fledge weddings are more profitable for those in the wedding industry than vow renewals as most couples looking to renew their vows don’t find it necessary to spend the amount of money on the ceremony as couples getting married for the first time do. However, that doesn’t mean that we should overlook the couples wishing to renew their vows!
Today, I want to talk to the couples out there who are thinking about renewing their vows.
Many couples struggle with the decision about whether or not they really need to renew their vows and, if so, how should they choose to renew them? Below are a few tips and suggestions that answer these questions.
1. Do we need to renew our vows? The answer to this question is one that varies from couple to couple. Some couples feel like they were married once and they have no desire to renew their vows. If this is how you and your spouse feel, then by all means, don’t spend the time, money and effort planning a vow renewal. But, if you and your spouse have the slightest desire to renew your vows, then make the plans to do it – you will be glad you did!
2. How should we renew our vows? Again, the answer to this question depends on you and your spouse. What do you guys want? The fun thing about vow renewals is that you and your spouse get to plan them without worrying about what others think (unlike most wedding planning). Therefore, you guys get to choose exactly what you want! Below are a few ideas:
- Small, Intimate Ceremony – Many couples renewing their vows choose to have small, intimate ceremonies where they only invite their family and very close friends because these are the people who have been there for them throughout their marriage and know them the best. These types of ceremonies usually take place in backyards, small parks and other small venues.
- Large, Grand Ceremony – However, there are still those who can’t imagine renewing their vows without all of their family, friends and other acquaintances present, which is absolutely okay too! These vow renewals are a lot closer to wedding ceremonies in the fact that the guest list is quite large, therefore, the venue is too. Catering, entertainment and other “wedding-like” expenses are generally spent in these vow renewal ceremony.
- Destination Ceremonies – Just like with destination weddings, couples can plan destination vow renewals. Most of the time, couples wishing to renew their vows elsewhere tend to keep these ceremonies intimate, meaning that a lot of destination vow renewals are just with the couple and possibly their children present. Of course, the benefit of destination renewals is getting and all-inclusive renewal/vacation at the same time. I can also see how these vow renewal ceremonies would be very relaxing for couples looking to recommit to one another without a big “hoopla.”
So, what are your thoughts about vow renewals? Is this something you want to do in the future? Or, have you already renewed your vows? Please share your thoughts with me!