02 Aug Vow Renewals……why we love them:)
Vow renewal ceremonies are a great way for couples to reaffirm their commitment to each other and are becoming more and more popular. Couples decide to renew their vows for many different reasons. Maybe you are coming up to a big milestone, 10, 25 or 50 years of marriage. Maybe you have just come out the other side of a rough patch in your lives. Maybe you just want to remind each other how much you love each other or maybe you want to surprise your partner with a vow renewal ceremony.
Whatever the reason, Coastal Ceremonies can work with you to create a the vow renewal ceremony you have dreamed of and ensure the day you fall in love with each other again, is truly unforgettable. There are so many ways to mark your special day and some symbolic ceremony enhancements you can include in a vow renewal.
In the last couple of years, we have officiated at some memorable vow renewal ceremonies. At Loop Head in Kilkee, one couple included a Handfasting and exchanged Claddagh rings, which represent Love, Loyalty and Friendship. Another couple brought their kids to Loop Head and we had a Handfasting where we bound all four hands, and the kids read out poems and their parents exchanged vows to each other and to the kids. Danielle even wore her original wedding dress which was stunning. In Dromoland castle, we officiated at a vow renewal which again included the couple and their two children. The couple always dreamed of renewing their vows in a castle in Ireland and we were thrilled to be able to help make their wish come true. They included a Handfasting with the kids, and a sand ceremony where they combined sand from their local beach in the US, from “The Wild Atlantic Way”, and some coloured sand which the kids used.
Another one of our favourite vow renewals was with a family who had just laid the first bricks of their new, dream home. They wanted to renew their vows to celebrate ten years of marriage and they wanted to include their children. The ceremony referenced new beginnings, looking ahead, and celebrating family. We included a Handfasting and the couple exchanged gifts with their kids and also love letters to each other, as part of the wine box ceremony. A beautiful ceremony to celebrate such a happy and positive time in their lives.
Or how about surprising your other half with a vow renewal? We officiated a number of surprise vow renewals on the Cliffs of Moher. One “surprised” husband had no idea as his wife and kids organised everything. It was a fabulous ceremony, full of tears (of happiness) and laughter. The kids read poems about family and love and sang “Somewhere over the Rainbow”. We incorporated some “Love is……” Quotes and a Handfasting. Even though the surprised husband had nothing prepared he managed to say some fabulous words during the vows. Bubbles and flowers topped off a fabulous ceremony. We love surprises. We sometimes double up as “tour guides” on the Cliffs of Moher. I spent a couple of months working with one husband who was surprising his wife with a vow renewal on the Cliffs. I met them at Guerins Path and pretended I was a tour guide and we were going on a guided walking tour to Hags Head. I told them about the Aran Islands, the cave where Harry Potter and the Half Blood prince was filmed and about how the Cliffs of Moher are the Cliffs of Insanity from the Princess Bride. I then got to my favourite spot on Guerins Path and we revealed the surprise. The look of shock was unforgettable and it really made the ceremony even more special. I was asked afterwards whether the “tour” was continuing 🙂 Maybe I could start a second job.
Some ideas that you can consider for your vow renewal ceremony:
• Write new vows or update your original vows
• Include your children who may not have been at your wedding ceremony
• Write vows to your children and include a gift exchange with them
• Incorporate a sand ceremony, including your children or original wedding party
• Include a Handfasting, one of the oldest wedding traditions dating back to 7000BC
• Write love letters to each other and include in a Wine Box ceremony
• Exchange Claddagh rings, which represent Love, Loyalty and Friendship
• Use readings, music or poems from your wedding ceremony
Please do get in touch with Coastal Ceremonies to discuss how we can assist you in creating a personal, meaningful and memorable vow renewal ceremony; one that you both will remember for years to come. Your Ceremony, Your Way.