Renewal of Your Wedding Vows
Saying ' I will ' again, whether simply to each other or in the presence of loving family and friends can be a very special and powerful way of reaffirming your commitment.
The renewal of marriage vows ceremony is very similar to a wedding service but is not an actual second marriage so there are minimal legal requirements.
As you are already married you will not be required to sign a legal register and it is appropriate to walk up the aisle together, but the flow of the religious service is otherwise almost identical to the wedding service, including signing certificates commemorating the day. It is a public reminder to all attending of the joy that the husband and wife have experienced in marriage.
Most couples use their original wedding rings, which can be blessed as part of the ceremony but new rings can also be exchanged. Despite the similarities to the wedding service, Renewal of Vows services are generally simpler than for a wedding - a best man and bridesmaid's, for example, are not required though there are several other meaningful ways members of the family or friends can be included in the ceremony.
All the locations available for weddings are also suitable for the Renewal of Vows ceremony. Discuss your ideas with the Anglican Church Wedding Coordinator Trudie Murphy who will be happy to help you.
(Please note: if you have divorced or there are doubts about the legality of your original marriage this service does not constitute a 're-marriage' or replace a legal wedding ceremony)
Please download this pdf for more information on different services available
A sample service booklet for the Renewal of Wedding Vows is supplied below (PDF and Word versions)