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Reasons to have a vow renewal ceremony

June 16, 2020


Why vow renewals are so popular

Vow renewals are on the rise, I’m a celebrant who officiates a number of vow renewal ceremonies in Spain every year and I’m going to tell you why my couples choose to redeclare their love and commitment for one another! But first of all, what is a vow renewal ceremony? Well, it’s normally more relaxed than a wedding, often with less guests and there are no legalities, couples have a symbolic ceremony where they exchange vows.

As a celebrant in Spain I hear from lots of couples, all whom have many different reasons for wanting to renew their vows in Spain and to recommit. Some want to rekindle their romance a little, renew their dedication after overcoming an illness or rough patch, others want to celebrate an anniversary or have the dream wedding celebration they didn’t have in the past.

Your way

Lots of couples renew their vows because they had an arranged marriage first time around or (an) religious ceremony/ies. Perhaps their parents made most of the decisions, renewing their vows means having a ceremony where they make decisions on every little detail and a ceremony that is completely personalised and couple focused. Besides the ceremony, this time around couples can choose the décor, the venue, music and how they will celebrate with their guests. One couple I am officiating a ceremony for in February married 10 years ago in a registrar’s office with no guests. I’ve crafted a beautiful, bespoke ceremony for them, their three daughters are going to be included in the ceremony and they will say their vows in front of all of their friends and family this time.

Reaffirming your love

Life is not easy at times, we can experience illness, loss and ups and downs in our marriage, reaffirming our love for one another and walking down the aisle can help bring us into a positive place and is a chance to start afresh and mark a new stage of your lives and in your relationship. My couples often find new joy in renewing their vows either publically or in an intimate setting.

Changing times

As times change, we change as people along with our circles of friends and the family we have. The vows that you wish to make could be very different to the vows you made when you first got married, perhaps your love for one another has matured and deepened and you have new ideas of how you want to celebrate. If you have children, it can be lovely to involve your children if they were not present at your wedding. As a celebrant my couples’ often have their children of loved ones help carry out their handfasting or sand ceremony. Nowadays as we change jobs or move house we make new friends, a vow renewal ceremony is a beautiful moment that you can experience alongside them and any extended family who perhaps were not at your wedding.

Renewing your vows in Spain

Lots of couples opt to renew their vows abroad. With it’s amazing weather and beautiful landscapes, Spain is a great destination for renewing your vows. You can choose to have your ceremony on a beach, a mountain, by a pool, anywhere you want! I’m a celebrant in Spain and would love to talk to you about your vow renewal ceremony.

Featured Image: Amber Varghese Photography


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Hi! I’m Sophie an expert at creating creative, bespoke and truly personalised Billingual Wedding Ceremonies in Spain that are all about you as a couple! I specialise in bilingual weddings, outdoor weddings and weddings with symbolic rituals.

I'm based in Southern Spain whether you would like a beach wedding at sunset with the breeze on your skin, an intimitate wedding in an authentic Spanish hacienda or a stylish, luxury hotel wedding I will listen carefully to your ideas and wishes and with creativity and passion craft you an unforgetable ceremony to start your forever!


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