Have you been married a while but would like to re-live the romance of your wedding day? Are you approaching a ‘milestone’ anniversary and looking for a memorable way to mark the day? Was your wedding day a disappointment? You didn’t get the day you both really wanted, because your parents had paid for it? Perhaps you’ve been through an extremely tough time in your lives and are in need of something incredibly special to cheer you and your family up? Or are you just simply a pair of romantics? If any of these scenarios sound like you, maybe you should consider Vow Renewals.
What do Vow Renewals mean?
There are so many reasons why renewing your marriage vows could be just what you are looking for. The renewing of your vows is a non-legal ceremony for married couples wishing to reaffirm their commitment to each other. You can do this in any way you would like. It can be just the two of you, or immediate family. Alternatively, you can go the whole hog and have a huge celebration with all your friends and family.
What happens at a vow renewal?
When planning to renew your vows can choose everything yourselves, This will include the type of venue, be it up a mountain, on a beach, at the top of the Empire State Building, at a bungee jump site, the choice is yours. The person who will lead the ceremony is your choice too. Be it a celebrant, minister, best friend, best man or maid of honour at your first wedding – anyone can, even your children! The ceremony can take the form of a wedding either similar to, or the polar opposite of, your original wedding celebrations. You can have flowers, photographer, videographer, music, food, cake, fireworks, basically anything that you like. An exchange of some kind of token is a nice touch to show your commitment to each other. Your wedding dress can even be taken out of the loft, dusted down and put on again.
How far away can we go?
Renewing your vows is also a great opportunity to take a trip. It is a chance to go on an adventure away from your home, go somewhere perhaps that has meaning to you or is a particularly favourite place for you both. You don’t need to be in your own country and if you do go abroad, there are no marriage legalities you have to do in preparation. If you had always fancied a destination wedding but had been put off by the legals, then renewing your vows abroad is a must.
Vow renewals the Scottish way
I am a Scottish wedding planner, working in the Cairngorms National Park. I am more than delighted to work with married couples who wish to renew their vows here in the spectacular Highlands. Couples can choose from an intimate loch side, pine forest, or mountain peak ceremony, a beautiful lodge overlooking spectacular views, or even a majestic castle. If looking for a real Scottish flavour, they can add in some hand tying or share a drink from a Quaich at their ceremony, ask a piper to play a wedding tune, or dance the night away with a ceilidh band.
The great thing about vow renewals is that this day is totally within your control and there are no rules, regulations, or any relative telling you ‘what you must do is…..’
Can I help you with your Vow Renewal?
If the idea of vow renewals seems like just the ticket to kickstart 2023, do get in touch with me if you are interested in a Highland Adventure. I would love to chat through your ideas with you and discuss how we can make your second ‘I do’, perhaps even more incredible than the first time around.
How about planning your vow renewal celebrations at the fabulous Balfreish Barns in the Highlands? Read my blog post venue spotlight to see if this particular venue may be your place to say ‘I Do’ again.