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 personalised and memorable ceremony. With your input from start to finish, you can have 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 recent months, Coastal Ceremonies have officiated at some memorable vow renewal ceremonies. At Loop Head in Kilkee, the couple included a Handfasting and exchanged Claddagh rings, which represent Love, Loyalty and Friendship. In Dromoland castle, we officiated at a family vow renewal which included the couple and their two children. They 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 (and we included the kids too which was fun) 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 have 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 surprise vow renewal on the Cliffs of Moher recently. The “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.

Some ideas that you can use 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.