” Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining he is kissing every part of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths. This is just ‘being in love,’ which any of us can convince ourselves we are in. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away. It doesn’t sound very exciting does it? But it is.”
Dr. Lannis from the movie “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”
Wedding vow renewal offers many wonderful benefits for married couples. It is a time for them to reflect upon the meaning of their relationship and the bonds of love not only for each other but for those gathered to share in their celebration. It is also a way to include children and grandchildren ceremonially in your union.
Most vow renewals tend to be intimate celebrations, with only close family and friends present, and a lunch or dinner afterwards at a nice restaurant. But many people chose to renew their vows because they were so caught up in the planning and the partying of their first wedding, they felt the focus of the day was taken off of the ceremony.
Most important, No license is required .
Vow Renewal Do’s and Don’ts
DO use a wedding planner. Keep asking questions, be specific in your requests, and you’ll get the ceremony you want.
DON’T procrastinate. Start planning early so you can get a group rate (if available and necessary) plus answers to all your queries.
DO let guests know that you don’t expect gifts (if in fact you don’t). If they insist, you can suggest a donation to a charity you support.
DON’T leave photos to chance. Either designate a competent amateur photographer in your party or consider a pro .
DO use party favors;
DON’T settle for a boilerplate ceremony. Personalize your vow renewal by writing as much of the script as you care to. This is your day.
DO reserve some private “couple time” for the two of you on the day of your ceremony. On this day, you’re a bride and groom again. Enjoy it.
Consider Greece for your vows renewal, combine your holidays with your big event. What is better than this?