How to renew your wedding vows

A Guide to Renewing Your Marriage Vows

You and your partner have chosen each other time and time again since your wedding day. Finding the person you want to spend the rest of your life with and getting married is a beautiful thing, but what happens after is what’s most important. We know that marriage is no walk in the park. It takes continual patience and hard work to maintain a healthy, loving relationship and because of that you may want to relive your wedding day and renew your vows and commitment to each other with a vow renewal ceremony! If you want to celebrate your love and journey as a married couple, but are unsure of how to go about it, we’ll walk you through what it means to renew your vows, how to prepare, and how your renewal ceremony can reflect your unique love story.

The Purpose of a Vow Renewal

A marriage vow renewal ceremony, also known as a wedding vow reaffirmation ceremony, is a ceremony where a married couple renews or reaffirms their original marriage vows as a way to celebrate and display their commitment to one another. There are no rules on marriage length, and when you can or shouldn’t have a vow renewal, but here are some examples of why you may want to renew:

  • For a big wedding anniversary (10th, 25th, 50th).
  • Your children are older and you want them to be a part of your celebration.
  • You want to have a larger celebration than the one you were able to have when you got married.
  • You have overcome some difficult times in your marriage, are stronger for it, and want to recommit to your love and start over.
  • A method to reignite the newness and passion in your marriage.
  • A way of saying goodbye to your spouse due to illness.

Whatever the reason, your vow renewal can be a wonderful and meaningful milestone in your marriage.

No Legalities Attached

A vow renewal is not a second wedding. You’re not legally getting married again, therefore there are absolutely no legalities for vow renewals. They are purely for you, your partner, and loved ones. That means that there are no rules like getting a marriage license, having a registered officiant, or witnesses. The best part is that you can choose anyone to officiate the ceremony since they don’t have to be ordained. You can still have a pastor or rabbi if you’d like, but you could also have your best friend, maid of honor, best man, family, and even your children lead your vows! Having your children preside over the ceremony can be a very uniting and symbolic way to renew your vows and share the life you’ve made together since you got married. No legal documents are required but a creative commemorative certificate could be a nice keepsake for the two of you.

Budget

Your vow renewal doesn’t have to cost you anything if you want to have a simple and intimate experience, but you’ll likely spend some money on the details that’ll make it pop. The budget will vary depending on the guest list size, whether you want to hire a vendor for food and cocktails, if you’re choosing a venue that you have to rent, paying travel money for a destination location, attire, decor, flowers, and a photographer to document your renewal. You by no means have to do any of these things, but if you do, you can choose the level of formality and price range.

Choosing a Location

You can have your vow renewal wherever your heart desires. There are no regulations on location that are typically attached to getting married (religious places of gathering, city hall, etc.). You could travel to a fairytale destination, have it indoors, outdoors, at the beach, at a national park, in the woods, at a barn, in your backyard. Choose a location that fits how formal or informal you want your ceremony. The environment you choose will contribute immensely to the ambiance around the ceremony.

Sending Out Invitations

Decide whether you want to have an intimate ceremony or a large one. Only invite people that you and your spouse really hold close and dear. Unlike a wedding, there aren’t family obligations and pressures. Once you’ve decided who to invite, send out invitations (mail or virtual) detailing the date, time, location, attire, and what will be a part of the celebration (appetizers, meals, bar, champagne toast, dessert, cake, etc.).

Vow Renewal Outfits & Aesthetic

The fun thing is that there’s no dress code! As you’ve been reading so far, there are no set guidelines for vow renewals. You can do cute and casual. Go with a cocktail look, semi formal, or even formal and elegant and bring out your wedding dress or tuxedo. Your attire should reflect the tone of the ceremony and make you feel comfortable and happy.

Vows & Traditions

The itinerary for your vow renewal can be exactly what you want. You can walk down a makeshift aisle to your song carrying a bouquet of flowers. You can walk down together or accompanied by your children. You can jump right into the vows or you can have the officiant give a welcome speech, sharing sweet words about your marriage. Guests can read toasts, stories, and well wishes. You can read your original vows aloud, edit them, or rewrite a new set of vows to fit your time together. You can exchange your current wedding bands, new ones, or present very personal gifts to each other (guests on the other hand are not required or meant to bring gifts). The officiant can do a closing send off, and you can end with a kiss. That can be the end of your vow renewal or you can continue with food, music, and socializing.

The vow renewal ceremony will cement your commitment and celebrate the union and life of two people that have chosen love everyday.

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What is a vow renewal?

You may be wondering what the point of a vow renewal is if a couple have already promised to spend the rest of their lives together in front of their friends and family.

However, many married couples choose to have a second celebratory ceremony to reaffirm their commitment and love for one other, particularly if they are approaching a milestone anniversary such as 10 or 25 years together. This is becoming increasingly popular following the pandemic which saw many people change their wedding plans – whether that was reducing the guest list to comply with government guidelines or ditching their destination wedding for nearby locations.

What are the legalities of renewing your vows?

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There are no legalities for a vow renewal

In a nutshell, there are none! Unlike the initial wedding, there are no real restrictions when it comes to the venue or ceremony (religious or not!), which can include poetry, readings, speeches, music, the exchange of gifts or something personal.

Jeweller Tim Ingle of Ingle & Rhode said: “Following a flurry of covid weddings and restricted ceremonies, we predict that vow renewal ceremonies will be on the rise, giving the wedded couples a chance to live out their true dream weddings with all of their family and friends in larger and more extravagant venues.

“Whatever the couple choose to do on the day, it is important to remember that vow renewals can be extremely personal and do not come with a lot of the restrictions that weddings do, giving the couple total creative freedom on their special day.”

How much does a vow renewal cost?

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Costs depend on factors such as the venue, date and decorations the couple want

Those getting married in 2022 can expect to shell out around £20,493 on average, according to CompareWeddingInsurance.org.uk, but that figure shouldn’t be as high for renewal ceremonies.

Research by American Express in 2017 revealed 19% of Brits either plan to or have already renewed their vows with an average spend of £1,644. Londoners are the most likely to have a second wedding, while Liverpudlians spend the most with costs of around £2,285.

Obviously, costs depend on the venue, rings, date and other factors. For example, a vow renewal in York House, Twickenham on a Saturday costs £248, while The Grand Council Chamber in Bristol Register Office on a Saturday is priced at £947.

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What is the dress code for a vow renewal?

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Emma and Matt Willis renewed their wedding vows on their tenth anniversary

The dress code depends on the formality of the celebration chosen by the couple. The bride and groom may choose to wear another version of their wedding attire – or like Emma Willis, ask all of their guests to wear a wedding dress or tux!

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What motivates a couple to renew their wedding vows inevitably varies from couple to couple. Celebrant of the Year, humanist wedding celebrant Jane Blackman looks at the many and varied reasons for couples to renew their wedding vows.

How to renew your wedding vows

Just as each couple’s relationship is totally unique, often their reasons for choosing to reaffirm their commitments to each other, are very personal and individual. That individuality is the perfect starting point for planning a vow renewal ceremony when I meet a couple and we begin to talk, to plan, and to create a bespoke ceremony for them.

First and foremost, the simplest, but the most powerful motivator for couples, is that they want to truly celebrate the strength of their love and their ongoing relationship – no matter how long or short their marriage so far.

Some couples arrange a vow renewal to mark a milestone wedding anniversary. Whilst any anniversary is absolutely appropriate, couples often choose to renew their promises to each other on a special anniversary such as their 5th (wood) 10th (tin), 20th (china), 25th (silver), 30th (pearl), 40th (ruby) or 50th (gold).

How to renew your wedding vows

Other couples wish to use their ceremony to acknowledge and express gratitude that their relationship sits happily within an important group of people who mean so much to them and who contribute to their sense of fulfilment and contentment in life, therefore enhancing their marriage. They may choose to gather loved ones and close friends around them – reliving the fond memories of their wedding day – having everyone special to them together in a lovely place – a wonderful excuse for a personalised, memorable party – which includes and engages the most important people in the couple’s lives.

For some couples, the renewal of vows is to acknowledge that they have had significant challenges to cope with, and that as a result of the strength of their partnership, they have together overcome hardship. Perhaps there has been a period of significant illness to endure, or maybe a time of financial strain.

Whatever the difficulties experienced as a pair, celebrating getting through those tough times and the subsequent better times, is the perfect reason to hold a vow renewal celebration.

As well as celebrating the past and sharing gratitude for all that has been enjoyed and achieved together, a vow renewal is a wonderful opportunity to look forward as a pair, to times yet to come and to express hopes and aspirations for the future.

Some couples not only choose to reaffirm the promises that they made to each other on their original wedding day, but many decide to add to those original vows (or to state new promises altogether), writing and making further pledges, to acknowledge their maturing and changing relationship over time. In doing so, couples are able to celebrate the strength of their union and those successful elements of their partnership that have brought them to this point – promising to continue to do those things that bring continued joy and contentment.

A wedding vow renewal ceremony dedicates quality time to reflect on a relationship with a clear, meaningful purpose for that reflection. On every occasion when I’ve met with a couple to talk with them about their ‘story’ and their marriage so far, in preparation for their ceremony, they’ve reported thoroughly enjoying that part of the overall process; really benefiting from the opportunity to consider what makes them tick as a couple, what they continue to adore about each other and how they see their marriage moving forward into the future.

In my experience, a vow renewal can be an occasion full of much fun, laughter, and joy, as well as some very moving, life-affirming moments. So, what’s not to love about getting together with those people who make you happiest, to clap, cheer, and whoop together, to celebrate the continuing marriage of two human beings, who have chosen to stick together for life, because both continue to agree that each of them is still the perfect match for the other?

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A humanist wedding vow renewal ceremony is ideal for you if you’d like a non-religious ceremony that is unique, personalised, and meaningful.

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How to renew your wedding vows

Many couples choose to renew their wedding vows for lots of different reasons. Some couples may do so to commemorate a special anniversary or milestone, whilst others may choose to do it to include family members or friends who couldn’t attend their wedding.

Why renew your wedding vows?

Time or financial constraints, or family members living in many different locations, are all factors which may influence couples to exchange vows for a second time. Some people may have had married in a civil ceremony and may choose to renew their vows so they can have a celebration with family and friends.

Some couples may choose to renew their vows so that their children may witness the occasion, and some may want to do it just because they want to! It’s entirely up to the couple, and there is no rule that you can’t renew your vows as many times as you like – (we’re looking at you Heidi Klum and Seal).

Renewing wedding vows can often make couples feel closer and give them a sense of togetherness also, as it is a celebration of marriage and a reinforcement of the union and promise made on the wedding day.

So when is the right time to renew your wedding vows?

As a vow renewal ceremony is not legally binding, it can be done at any time after the wedding. For some couples, there is no better way to commemorate a milestone wedding anniversary such as the 10th, 25th or even a 50th, than with a vow renewal ceremony.

Some couples choose to renew their vows include to celebrate the birth of a child, or when family members who were absent at the first wedding return back home, or when one partner has overcome a serious illness or injury and the couple want to celebrate what they perceive as a second chance in life.

Essentially there is no right time as it is entirely up to the couple!

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Can I renew my wedding vows anywhere?

Couples can renew their vows in a place of worship, or on the beach, on a mountain top, or in the couple’s backyard. There are absolutely no rules surrounding the location of a vow renewal ceremony, so it’s completely up to the couple!

Here are some ideas:

– At the same location you had your wedding

– Dream holiday destination

– In a park or garden

– In a library or museum

Who can officiate a vow renewal ceremony?

As a vow renewal is not a legal ceremony, essentially anyone can officiate it. You can ask a family member or friend, or you can hire an officiant, or even book the same celebrant who officiated your wedding!

Planning a wedding vow renewal

The beauty of a vow renewal ceremony is that you can structure it an elaborate affair or an intimate ceremony just shared between you and your spouse. There are no rules or restrictions, and as you’ve already experienced your wedding day, you don’t have to include traditional wedding elements like bridesmaids or bomboniere if you don’t want to.

There is no reason why the bride cannot wear a full white wedding gown, and the groom a tuxedo and bow tie if he wishes. In fact, many couples choose to have a lavish celebration because the original wedding was more low key due to financial issues or time constraints.

When renewing wedding vows, there is no requirement to obtain an additional marriage license; however, if you are opting for an elaborate ceremony, you are going to have to put in the same amount of planning as you would for any wedding. Some couples even choose to go on a second honeymoon!

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How to renew your wedding vows

A vow renewal ceremony is the perfect time to celebrate a milestone in your marriage. No matter if you’ve spent 2, 5, 10, 25 or 50 years together, a vow renewal ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate your wedding all over again, while reaffirming your commitment to each other once more.

Read on to find out all you need to know about vow renewal ceremonies, including when to plan one, who officiates, where it should be held, and who to invite.

How Soon Can You Renew Your Vows?

You can renew your vows at any time after your wedding. Some couples choose to renew their vows each year, while others save it for a milestone anniversary or special occasion. Whatever you decide to do is perfect, but here are some suggestions of when the time may be right for you to renew your wedding vows:

  • A milestone anniversary – just like celebrating an important birthday, mark this significant date with a special celebration.
  • An important reason – couples who’ve gone through some tough times together often choose to renew their vows as a reaffirmation of their commitment to each other.
  • A second chance – sometimes a wedding day is fraught with tension and a vow renewal is a second chance to have a ceremony that is more relaxed and enjoyable. You may also want your children to take part if they weren’t at your first ceremony.

Who Officiates A Wedding Vow Renewal Ceremony?

CANZ celebrants are experienced at officiating vow renewal ceremonies and can help you create the perfect ceremony that fits your wishes. Find the right celebrant for your vow renewal ceremony right here.

Where Should A Vow Renewal Take Place?

You can renew your wedding vows just about anywhere: at your home, on the beach, in a gorgeous garden or on a mountaintop. The choices are endless. Find somewhere that resonates with you and your family, and create a vow renewal ceremony that will be remembered for years to come.

Who Should Be Invited?

You may decide to host an intimate vow renewal ceremony for close friends and family, or a huge party for your extended family and friends. Whatever you decide, plan a vow renewal ceremony that expresses your style and personality.

This is your special day: a day to exchange your vows and express how far you’ve both come in your relationship. Choose the right celebrant to facilitate your ceremony, someone who will bring your friends and family together in this special day of celebration.

A renewal of vows ceremony has no legal status. Renewing your marriage vows is a public statement of your continuing love, affection, and commitment to each other.

You may choose to renew your marriage vows for reasons that are important to you like for example to celebrate a significant anniversary.

Any married couple can arrange a renewal of marriage vows as long as they are legally married to each other. You do not have to live in the area where you would like to hold your ceremony.

Your unique ceremony

We will provide the framework for you to select your ceremony and you will have the opportunity to discuss the content so you can create something that is unique for you, and your family, to remember and cherish.

Your ceremony will normally contain some, or all, of the following:

  • Special music
  • Introduction and welcome
  • Acknowledgment of children of the marriage
  • Readings
  • Renewal of vows
  • Giving and receiving or re-dedication of rings
  • Message from guests at original marriage
  • Signing of commemorative certificate
  • Closing words

Choosing a venue

Lancashire is renowned for its beautiful countryside and has a wide choice of venues for you to celebrate your special occasion. There is a range of approved premises including stately homes and country house hotels to suit all tastes and budgets. In addition, there are eight registration offices located in the main Lancashire towns. These offices have ceremony rooms with excellent facilities at an affordable price. Ceremonies may be celebrated on any day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

For further information, and to make a booking, please contact the ceremonies officer for the area where you would like to have your ceremony. You will need to provide a certified copy of your marriage certificate.

Whether it’s to celebrate a milestone anniversary or simply to reaffirm your promise of a lifetime of love and commitment, Northumberland is a truly magical place to renew your wedding vows.

A renewal of vows ceremony is an opportunity for a married couple or civil partners to reaffirm their love and commitment to each other.

Why renew your vows?

There are many reasons why couples may want to renew their vows:

  • To hold a ceremony for family and friends after marrying abroad
  • To celebrate a particular anniversary
  • To combine a renewal with a naming ceremony
  • Just because they want to!

How to renew your vows

We know there’s a lot to think about when planning a renewal ceremony, so we’ve outlined everything you need to do in five easy steps:

  1. Choose your venue

Choosing where to say your vows is one of the first (and most exciting) decisions that you’ll make about your day and will set the tone for the whole event. In Northumberland, we’re lucky to have over 70 licensed venues and Register Offices, so finding something to suit your style and budget is easy. All of our licensed locations can be found over on our Venues page.

Once you have chosen your venue, book your Registrar as soon as possible, even if it is a few years in advance of your ceremony.

  1. Book the Registrar

Call our Ceremony Co-ordination team on 01665 602870 to book your Registrar.

If you have decided to have a combined naming and civil partnership, please let the Registrar know at this point.

When you book the Registrar, you will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee. View the current financial year price list here:

If you change the date, time or venue of your ceremony, you will need to pay an amendment fee, which will be charged at the current rate.

  1. Plan your day

There are lots of ways to personalise your day to make it extra special. Some couples like to have readings or words from guests who originally attended their wedding, or from their children. We will send you a ceremony arrangement pack after you book in your registrar.

As part of the pack, we will also include a Ceremony Arrangement Form, which will need to be completed with your decisions at least six weeks before the ceremony.

Please remember that yours is a civil ceremony and there should be no religious content.

  1. Pay your fees and return your ceremony form

Once you have completed your Ceremony Arrangement Form, please return it to us at least six weeks before the service. Please include payment for any outstanding fees and anything that your conducting Registrar will need for the ceremony, such as readings.

Please return your completed Ceremony Arrangement Form

Or by post
The Ceremony Co-ordination Team
The Register Office
27 Fenkle Street
Alnwick
NE66 1HW

Your fees can be paid over the phone by credit or debit card by calling us on 01665 602870.

If you change the date, time or venue of your ceremony, you will need to pay an amendment fee, charged at the current rate.

  1. What happens on the day?

Once the day of your ceremony arrives, all of your fees will have been paid and your paperwork completed, which leaves you free to enjoy your day!

The Registrars will arrive approximately 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony. Once they arrive, they will check any last-minute arrangements and speak to anyone playing a part in the ceremony to ensure everything runs smoothly.

They will also speak to your photographer/videographer to confirm that they are happy for them to discreetly capture the entire ceremony.

Things to remember:

  • Your vow renewal ceremony should start promptly to ensure our Registrars can travel safely to their next appointment
  • We reserve the right to leave your ceremony if we feel the following ceremony will be compromised – this decision will not be taken lightly and we will always consult with you and the venue first
  • Bring any of your own promises and readings with you on the day
  • Any music should be given directly to the venue, who will be able to advise on the right format

After the ceremony, we will present a commemorative certificate signed by you both, two witnesses and the Registrar.

For more information on renewing your vows, contact our Ceremony Co-ordination team.

“Thank you! Your registrar’s made the day perfect and helped us understand what we needed to do!”

“Thank you so much. Our ceremony was perfect. The two registrars were really lovely and put us at ease throughout the whole thing. “

“Thank you! We had the best day and both registrars were fab!”

“Thank you very much!! We had a fantastic day thank you, even the sun put in an appearance! The registrar was absolutely lovely,. My Grandma said it was the nicest civil ceremony she’s ever been to!”

“Can I just say the two registrars where two of the most lovely wonderful people ever and they helped make our day the most memorable and amazing day of our lives!”

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Morpeth Town Hall is the perfect location to hold your Marriage ceremony, whether you opt for an intimate gathering or a larger celebration.

A Renewal of Vows Ceremony is an opportunity for you and your partner to renew your marriage or civil partnership vows and confirm your continuing love and devotion for one another.

Perhaps you are celebrating a special anniversary or it may be that your legal ceremony was overseas and you would like to celebrate again with family and friends who could not be with you on the day. You may simply want to pledge your love for each other once more.

The venue

Your renewal of vows ceremony can take place at our Bootham Suite or at any of our approved venues.

When you have chosen a venue for your renewal of vows ceremony you should contact us to check our availability and provisionally book a celebrant.

Your booking is confirmed when you have made final payment and returned your ceremony planner form 8 weeks prior to the ceremony

Your Ceremony

The ceremony can be bespoke to you. You'll be asked to complete a ceremony planner and a couples questionnaire so we can tailor the ceremony to you. You can include what you want, the choice is yours!

You can exchange rings or gifts, you can have up to 2 readings or poems or if you have other ideas you can submit these and we will review them.

Our celebrants are happy to provide guidance if you so wish.

If you wish to change the date, time or location of your ceremony you must request this in writing by email or post. Alternate dates will be subject to our availability.

Cost of renewing your vows

You will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee of £50 to book a celebrant

See Register Office fees for details of costs for renewing your vows.

Pre-ceremony consultation service

York Register Office provides a 'pre-ceremony consultation service' giving you the opportunity to discuss all aspects of your ceremony with an experienced Celebration Officer who'll be able to answer any questions you have about your ceremony, and help to prepare you for your special day.

Contact York Register Office to book your 20 minute pre-ceremony consultation, subject to availability, Monday to Friday.

A renewal of vows ceremony offers couples an opportunity to celebrate their marriage or civil partnership again. Perhaps you have a special anniversary or significant date around the corner you may like to celebrate.

Although renewal of vows ceremonies have no legal status, it is an opportunity to renew commitment to each other in a personal way in a non-religious setting.

You can hold your ceremony at one of our registration offices, at a venue licensed by Norfolk County Council, or at a place of your choosing.

If you are planning to hold your ceremony at an approved venue, you will also need to ensure your local registrars are available to conduct your ceremony. Do not pay a deposit until you have done this.

Costs

Monday to Thursday £295
Friday/Saturday £350
Sunday/Bank Holiday £375

If the celebration is to be held in one of our ceremony suites including the Colman Gallery and Great Yarmouth Town Hall on a Friday or Saturday, an additional room hire fee of £65 will be added. Any celebration taking place after 5pm will incur an additional charge of £50.

We will ask you to pay the balance of the fee eight weeks before your ceremony.

If you wish to hold this event at your home or at an unlicensed venue (for example a local village hall) a location and contact report may be required. This is to check the location for the ceremony and to meet with you to run through a few things to help on the day. The report will include what will happen on the day in case of bad weather (if the ceremony is to be held outside). The fee is currently £35.

*There will be additional fees payable to the licensed venue.

Booking your ceremony

Complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will be in contact with you shortly to help book your ceremony.

Cancellations and amendments

To cancel or amend a ceremony booking complete our online form and a member of the team will be in contact with you shortly.

Your wedding may have been one of the most important days of your life and renewing the promises you made together is a wonderful way to look back at the years you’ve shared with each other. It can be a way of saying thank you to your partner, maybe to your children and perhaps your grandchildren, for the fun you’ve had over the years.

It’s a great way to include the circle of people that make up the community of your family and friends. The people close to you who support you and are precious to you.

This ceremony is for any married couple wishing to renew their marriage vows in a unique and personal ceremony.

Often these ceremonies are associated with a special wedding anniversary, but the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of marriage.

It is sometimes 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.

For couples who were married abroad, it gives an opportunity to renew their vows in front of their family and friends who might not have been able to travel to their wedding ceremony.

What are they for?

Any married couple, of any age and married for any length of time, can arrange a renewal of marriage vows ceremony. It does not matter if you do not live in the area where you want your ceremony.

Your unique ceremony

A ceremony today need not rely on traditional religion or law, but can reflect your own values and philosophies of life. It is about our feelings for each other, those closest to us and our relationship to the wider community in which we live.

The most difficult thing about a special occasion like this can be the content and structure of your ceremony. It can be had to know where to start to produce a balanced, elegant and meaningful service.

You may want to tell the stories that illustrate your shared past, maybe remember how you met. You might want those close to you to contribute with stories and memories, readings or music.

The ceremony is compiled by you! Just as no two married couples are the same, no two ceremonies to renew marriage vows will ever be the same.

As you go through the choices and select what you want the ceremony to contain, you will be creating a unique event that you and all your guests will remember. Take time to consider which options are appropriate and have meaning for you both.

Special people in your lives can take part in your ceremony, your children, guests who were at the wedding and any friends and relatives. You will also need to ask two people to witness the signing of the certificate of the event.

A ‘celebrant’ will conduct your ceremony but will not be acting in any official capacity, even if they also work as a registrar. Celebrants are trained and experienced at conducting many different ceremonies so do ask their advice on anything you are unsure about.

Venues

Venues licensed for marriages are, at the moment, the only venues used for marriage renewals. Please note that private homes are not considered suitable.

South Tyneside Venues are:

  • South Shields Register Office
  • South Shields Town Hall
  • Jarrow Town Hall
  • Littlehaven Hotel, South Shields
  • The Dunes, South Shields
  • Hedworth Hall, South Shields
  • Quality Hotel, Boldon

Please note that you may renew your marriage vows anywhere in England and Wales. Just contact the Register Office in the district you wish the ceremony to take place and they will advise you of the venues available.

What does the ceremony contain?

Renewal of marriage vows ceremonies can contain the following sections:

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Reading
  • Renewal of vows
  • Re-dedication of ring(s) or gift(s)
  • Words from previous wedding guests (often best man, bridesmaid or bride’s father)
  • Further reading
  • Signing of certificate and closing words

What other ceremonies are available?

Couples who wish to have a religious ceremony should contact their local church or religious community.

Is there a Certificate?

A souvenir certificate is signed during the ceremony by the couple and the two witnesses.

How long will the ceremony last?

Normally the ceremony will last approximately 15 minutes, but up to 30 minutes if more readings and options are chosen.

If I want to arrange a ceremony, what do I do?

Call South Tyneside Register Office at 0191 424 6350 and ask to make an appointment to talk over your options and book the ceremony. Please remember if you wish to hold the ceremony in an outside venue you must also contact them personally.

Important notice

These ceremonies have no legal effect, and are not legally binding on those who participate. The celebrant who conducts your ceremony will not be acting in an official capacity even if they also work as a registration officer.

Please note that your marriage certificate will need to be shown before a ceremony can be booked.

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Are you about to celebrate that special milestone anniversary: twenty-five, forty or even fifty years of married life?

Do you know somebody close to you, parents or grandparents, who have given you those years of love and support and you wish to help them celebrate a wonderful family occasion? There is no better way of acknowledging the day than preceding the anniversary party with a delightful ceremony to renew those treasured marriage vows.

Renewing your vows doesn’t mean that the vows you took on your wedding day weren’t meaningful, but it can serve as a reminder of what your commitment to one another really means.

Publicly reaffirming your commitments especially in front of family and friends can be very powerful and a great asset to a healthy marriage. It is a great time to reflect on the blessings and tribulations you have been through together and what to look forward to in your future.

Maybe, you held your marriage or civil partnership ceremony abroad and would like to relive the moment and let those closest to you witness the restating of your vows to each other and follow with a celebratory party at the venue of your choice. We will be happy to assist you in making your arrangements and conducting a ceremony.

The renewal ceremony has no legal standing: this allows the freedom for each couple to create a unique celebration to suit their own particular requirements. You will receive an options booklet to assist you with planning. All choices not in our booklet must be approved by registration staff.

Where can the ceremony be held?

We offer renewal of vows ceremonies in all the registration offices and licensed premises within the county. They may be celebrated on any day of the week except Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day.

What happens in the ceremony?

Each ceremony is divided into sections and can reflect events in your life together. They give you the chance to create something personal and special. The ceremony consists of:

  • an introduction and welcome
  • the acknowledgement of any children of the marriage
  • readings by friends or the couple themselves
  • re-dedication of rings, or giving of new rings or gifts
  • the signing of the commemorative certificate
  • closing words

You do not need to include every section in your ceremony, and each part of the ceremony can be as simple or as complex as you wish.

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With an Anvil Blessing & Handfasting, you will experience your own unique ceremony with a traditional Scottish handfasting using our official Gretna Green tartan sash, boxed after the ceremony to take home. Plus, with brilliant upgrades available, such as fizzy afternoon tea or a Gretna Green hanging heart ornament, you can tailor your experience to suit your own special day.

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How to renew your wedding vows

A few years or a few decades ago, you said your “I do’s”— and you’re still just as committed to your special someone as ever before. If you’d like to refresh or confirm that commitment, you may be considering a vow renewal ceremony. Explore the basic concept, plus a few details, including how and when to renew your vows.

What Is a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

A vow renewal is a reaffirmation of love and commitment between two people. You can repeat the same vows you took at the beginning of your marriage, or choose an altered version that better suits where you are today.

When Should I Have a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

Whenever you like! Vow renewals are often conducted at intervals of 2, 5, 10, 25, or 50 years, but couples can have one anytime they want, or not at all. Some couples decide to renew their vows after they’ve had children, after a difficult period in the relationship, or after an important milestone.

As far as the date of the vow renewal, many couples elect to do it on the same date as their wedding, their anniversary. However, you can select any date that suits you.

Is There an Officiant for a Vow Renewal?

Technically, you don’t need an officiant, since the two of you are already legally married. However, many couples opt for an officiant of some type, whether it is a clergy member, a friend of the family, a relative, or someone else important to their lives. If you prefer, you can skip the officiant and simply say vows to each other.

How Long Is a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

Vow renewals are typically shorter than the original wedding ceremony, but the choice is up to you. If you would like to incorporate additional music, readings, or ceremony options, feel free to do so; but keep the ceremony short enough to avoid boring your guests.

Should Guests Bring Gifts?

Guest are not required to bring gifts to a vow renewal as they did at your wedding. Some may choose to do so, but there is no obligation.

What Should Guests Wear?

The vow renewal dress code should coincide with the theme or the level of formality of the event. For example, for a more elegant vow renewal ceremony, you should indicate formal or semi-formal attire on the invitation, whether explicitly or by choosing a style and wording that reflects the tone of the occasion. A more casual event could specify casual attire in the invitation wording or by the design of the invitation itself.

What Should the Couple Wear?

Sometimes, the couple will wear the same dress and tuxedo that they wore for their wedding. However, since body types tend to change as time passes, couples will often rent or purchase a new gown and tuxedo, or buy a cocktail dress and a suit appropriate for the event.

A less formal vow renewal might include more casual attire, even a sundress for the bride and shorts and a light shirt for the groom.

If you need an elegant, beautiful location for your vow renewal ceremony, consider Nanina’s in the Park. We offer tours of our gorgeous gardens and lovely ballrooms for your convenience, so contact us anytime to schedule a visit, or to ask about reserving a date for your special day.

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Any married couple can renew their vows and celebrate their love and commitment to each another.

You may want to mark a special anniversary, such as your silver or ruby wedding. You may have married abroad and want to have another ceremony with your friends and family. You may have been through a period of difficulty, such as an illness, and want to renew your commitment to each other.

Whatever your reason, a renewal of vows is a wonderful ceremony and we can help to make sure it’s personal to you.

What happens at the ceremony

Each ceremony is unique, and you can decide what you want to include. You could:

  • renew your promises to each other
  • exchange new rings or gifts
  • acknowledge your children
  • ask your friends and family to make non-religious readings or share memories of your wedding day
  • take photos and videos

The ceremony usually lasts about 20 to 30 minutes and will be led by one of our fantastic celebrants.

We’ll present you with a commemorative certificate, signed by you and the celebrant.

Where you can have the ceremony

You can have your renewal of vows at Warrington Register Office, at one of our approved venues, or at another venue of your choice – but you’ll have to ask our Superintendent Registrar for approval, so they can make sure it’s suitable.

Costs

The reservation fee is £40.

Renewal of vows ceremony in the Ceremony Room at the Register Office:

  • Monday – Friday: £180
  • Saturday: £235

Renewal of vows ceremony at any other approved venue:

  • Monday – Thursday: £225
  • Friday – Saturday: £250
  • Sunday: £275
  • Bank holidays: £305

If you decide to have your ceremony somewhere other than the Register Office, you may have to pay room hire fees and other costs to that venue.

To change the date, time or venue for your ceremony, there is a £40 fee.

Book a ceremony

You’ll need to pay a non-refundable deposit to reserve your date, time and venue.

For more information, or to book your renewal at the registry office, please call 01925 442762.

A renewal of vows ceremony is for any married couple or civil partners who want to celebrate their relationship by renewing their vows. They’re often associated with special anniversaries, but you can arrange one at any stage in your relationship, to reaffirm your commitment to each other in a formal and meaningful ceremony.

You may want a totally private ceremony, just the two of you, or you may decide to renew your promises in front of your family and friends.

If you got married abroad you can choose to renew your vows in front of family and friends when you get home.

You’ll get a commemorative certificate as a permanent record of the occasion.

The ceremony

Your ceremony will last around 30 minutes and will be carried out by a fully trained celebrant. We’ll try our very best to deliver a ceremony that meets your expectations and we’ll work with you to ensure that you’ve a celebration day to remember. Your ceremony can’t have any religious content and has no legal status.

You’ll have the opportunity to create your own personal and memorable ceremony and you may want to include readings, promises, music and rededicate rings for the occasion.

Arranging a renewal of vows ceremony

You can have a renewal of vows ceremony in any venue which has a public entertainment licence, such as hotels, parish rooms, civic centres, function rooms etc. Please check with the venue to ensure it’s suitable.

We don’t offer ceremonies in the Town Hall, in a private houses or outdoors.

You will need to produce your current marriage or civil partnership certificate to prove that you’re already in a legal relationship.

If you’d like to book a ceremony, fill in our online form and we’ll contact you to discuss your requirements. Please make sure you include your preferred date and location of the ceremony.

You can renew your wedding vows with a civil ceremony which can be arranged through Registration Services.

What happens at a ceremony?

It's up to you to decide.

The ceremony can contain readings, mention children, contain dedications from previous wedding guests (often the best man or a bridesmaid) and the exchange of new rings.

A souvenir certificate is signed during the ceremony by you and two witnesses.

The ceremony normally lasts approximately 15 minutes, depending on the content.

Where can the ceremony take place?

Ceremonies can be held in any of our Registration offices, licensed premises or any other place that has been risk assessed by Licensing and Registration. A fee of £51 is payable to have a risk assessment carried out.

How much does it cost?

The fees for ceremonies vary depending on the size, day and place.

Registration offices

  • Monday to Thursday – £140 to £199
  • Friday – £151 to £218
  • Saturday – £263 to £324

Other venues

  • Monday to Friday £293
  • Saturday £327
  • Sunday £422

If you have received confirmation of your booking from Licensing and Registration Services then you can pay the ceremony fees online.

From 4 May 2021, you’ll no longer sign a marriage register or be given a marriage certificate during the ceremony, instead you’ll sign a Marriage Schedule. This is a one-page document which contains the details of both people getting married which are needed to register a marriage.

After your ceremony has taken place the registration officer will keep the signed Marriage Schedule and return it to the register office to add the details onto the electronic register, as soon as possible. Your certificate will be posted out or you can arrange to collect it within 7 days.

Each person is still required by law to give a notice of marriage and the marriage ceremony will remain the same, it’s only the way in which a marriage is registered that will change.

Last updated 3 February 2022

6. Reaffirmation of marriage vows

A renewal of vows ceremony is a very special way of celebrating your marriage and love for each other.

This is a unique occasion for everyone involved and is a chance to gather together your closest family and friends.

Any married couple can arrange a renewal of vows ceremony.

The cost of Renewal/Reaffirmation of Vows Ceremonies are as follows:

Robert Hyde Room

  • Monday to Thursday: £100
  • Friday: £125
  • Saturday: £150

(A deposit of £50 will be deducted from the fee)

Brumwell Thomas Room

  • Monday to Thursday: £150
  • Friday: £175
  • Saturday: £200

(A deposit of £50 will be deducted from the fee)

Approved Premises

  • Monday to Thursday: £175
  • Friday: £200
  • Saturday: £225
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: £250

All the above fees are inclusive of VAT at the current standard rate and are subject to review annually.

Renewal ceremonies may be held at the Register Office or at a number of approved, suitable venues throughout Stockport.

A renewal of vows is an opportunity for you to renew your marriage or civil partnership vows in a unique and personal ceremony.

There is no longer a legal limit on the number of attendees at civil partnerships or weddings.

However, to ensure that we are able to continue to deliver our service safely, the number of people who can attend a wedding and civil partnership at our register offices continues to be restricted and our staff will continue to maintain social distancing until further notice.

In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement that England will move to ‘Plan B’ to slow the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, face coverings must be worn in our register offices from Friday 10 December 2021. Face masks or face coverings are required for all staff and the general public with certain exemptions which include anyone with a health condition or disability, and those under the age of eleven.

You can contact our ceremony team on 03000 266 000 or email [email protected] for any queries you may have. However, our phone lines continue to be very busy so please bear with us.

Further guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships can be found at Gov.uk: guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

Although many couples choose to renew their vows at milestone anniversaries, the ceremony is just as appropriate at any stage of a relationship. Any legally married couple or civil partners of any age can arrange a renewal of vows ceremony and you do not need to live in the area where you would like the ceremony to take place.

It is also ideal if you have married abroad and now wish to celebrate your wedding or civil partnership with family and friends who were unable to attend the original ceremony.

The ceremony has no legal status but nevertheless is still of great significance. It also acts as a public statement of your continuing love and commitment to one another.

What you need to do

Choose your venue

Ceremonies can take place at:

In addition, there are a number of approved premises for marriages and civil partnerships across the county where ceremonies can be held.

Book the registrar

Contact our ceremony team at Aykley Heads House register office to book your registrar. When you book you will need to pay a non-refundable booking fee of £40 in addition to the ceremony fees. Any changes to your booking will result in an additional £40 payment.

Aykley Heads House Durham;
Cockton House Bishop Auckland;
or Galgate Barnard Castle
Licenced Venue
Monday to Thursday £240 £265
Friday £260 £305
Saturday £275 £330
Sunday/Bank Holiday £325 £360

Plan your day

You can personalise your ceremony to create a unique and memorable event for both you and your guests. Take time to make sure the options you choose have meaning for you both. You may also want the special people in your lives, such as your children, relatives, friends and guests who attended your wedding or civil partnership to take part in the ceremony. You will also need to ask two people to witness the signing of the certificate.

Renewal ceremonies usually last about 15 minutes but can take up to 30 minutes if more readings or other elements are included. The ceremony will usually include:

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Las Vegas Vow Renewals

People of all ages come to Las Vegas to renew their vows. Many guests have a renewal on an anniversary or birthday, some couples have even had a renewal shortly after they have been married!

A vow renewal ceremony is one of the best ways to celebrate your marriage and love for your partner. A vow renewal allows the couple to bring in elements from their original wedding and remember the love they have for each other. There is no wrong reason to renew, as it is always an entertaining and heartfelt activity.

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Why Renew Your Vows?

The real answer as to why you should do it is because you WANT to! And also because it’s fun! There doesn’t need to be a specific reason, but often many couples want to share a fun and meaningful ceremony together as a married couple. The team here focuses on making your vow renewal a dream wedding, Las Vegas style. Wedding coordinators are here to work with the couple to ensure your ideas incorporated into your Las Vegas vow renewal ceremony. From an intimate renewal to a Viva Las Vegas Elvis wedding, The Little Vegas Chapel make dreams come true!

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A vow renewal is a great way to celebrate your love for your spouse. The Little Vegas Chapel makes renewals special and creates long-lasting memories. The chapel accommodates all budgets. Whether you are looking for an elegant ceremony or just want to renew vows in Vegas for fun. We can do it all!

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Wedding vows make your entire renewal magical. A vow renewal ceremony just as intimate as the original because of the life experiences the two of you have shared together over the years. Your vow renewal ceremony incorporates this love and intimacy the two of you share as the focal point of a perfect ceremony. Let the Little Vegas Chapel create a ceremony for just the two of you reaffirming your love to one another, or for a large group of friends and family witnessing the love the two of you share.