Renewal Of Wedding Vows
Renew your wedding vows with OceanviewCelebrate your love amid a beautiful, idyllic setting. Whether your marriage is seasoned or still fresh, the magic the two of you share can be celebrated over and over again. Renewing your vows is a great way to commemorate your marriage and begin a new chapter of your lives together with a unique and personal ceremony. Whether you choose a small intimate renewal in a private villa or on a beach or a more elaborate ceremony we at Oceanview can create the perfect day for you. With a wide choice of possibilities to choose from we are sure you will find the one that fulfills your dreams. There is no place more romantic than Cyprus, the Island of Love, birthplace of Aphrodite Goddess of Love.
Steps for Renewing Your Wedding Vows
Consider your own wishes and those of your spouse. Determine if you want a big ceremony with plenty of fanfare or an intimate gathering of just close family and friends. Also choose which colors or theme you would like to use.
Decide on a budget. A vow renewal ceremony can cost just as much as the first wedding, if not more, depending on its extravagance. Much of the cost will be from the food and alcohol served at the reception, if you choose to have one, so keep this in mind when planning.
Make a guest list. This could be as short or long as you would like, taking your budget into consideration. You'll also need to make a list of who you would like in your renewal party, if you will have one. Some couples choose to walk down the aisle together and not have a renewal party, while others want their original bridesmaids and groomsmen to be involved. Many people choose to incorporate their kids or grandchildren into the ceremony as well.
Select a venue and put down your deposit. It needs to be big enough to accommodate all your guests, but since your vow renewal is all about you, select something that you really like and don't settle for second best. Finalize your date.
Get quotes from vendors and start putting down deposits. You may need a caterer, bartender, musicians, a DJ, flower arrangements, decorations, a photographer, favors, a cake and invitations. Depending upon how formal your vow renewal will be, you may want a traditional wedding dress. You could also opt for a party dress in one of your wedding colors. Since this is not your first wedding, etiquette dictates that you don't have to wear white if you don't want to. The veil is also optional.
Write your vows. You don't have to do this but this is a vow renewal ceremony, with the focus on your continued love for your spouse, so writing your own vows is a nice touch.
Hold your ceremony. You have several options since this is not a regular wedding service. You could both walk down the aisle with your children in tow, or the wife could walk to her husband alone, putting all the attention on her. You can exchange new rings or give each other your old rings to symbolize a renewed faith in your marriage. Family members may do some readings in your honor.
Celebrate at your reception. This could be a small gathering or a large party. You have many options here as well. Have a first dance between you and your spouse to your favorite song and don't make a big deal out of the father-daughter dance. You don't have to have an elaborate cake cutting ritual but serve cupcakes instead; you could also have on display a cake modeled after your original one. Ask a couple of people to have toasts prepared in honor of your lasting love but give a toast or two yourself. Skip the garter toss and the bouquet toss. Lead the guests in a variety of fun dances to remove some of the formality.