Renewing wedding vows

@ravinskye (8242)
United States
September 18, 2009 9:24am CST
Did anyone ever renew their vows? My husband and I got married 8 years ago. Neither of us were into the big wedding thing, we were terrified to stand up in front of everyone. So we went to the Justice of the Peace and got married. The only thing I regret about doing it is not having cute pictures of us in wedding clothes. So I was thinking we could renew our vows. Ideally I would love to do it on the beach. I love the ocean. What is the protocol for renewing your vows? Do we have to do it on the same day we got married? How do we get someone to marry us again on the beach? Where is a good beach to go or time of day to go where we wouldn't have a lot of looky loos? lol What do you think, would you renew your vows? Or if you have, what did you do?
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@dlr297 (5415)
• United States
18 Sep 09
My mother and father in laws renewed their vows a few years back, they did it on their 60th anniversary. It was nice all kids and grand-kids, and great-grand-kids were their. If it was me doing it I would do it on the same day i first got married. My husband and i got married in our back yard and the preacher from the church came right to the house to marry us. So i would think that what ever church you belong to they would also go to the beach to marry you again. Or if you are going to go out of town check into churches that are the same that you belong to and give them a call to see if they will do it for you.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
18 Sep 09
Thanks! Maybe we should wait to do ours then. I figure 10 years is pretty good though considering how many marriages end in divorce these days. My parents just celebrated their 30th anniversary.
@dlr297 (5415)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I think that 10 years would be a good time to renew vows, and then again later down the road. It is something special between two people and renewing our vows at different times to me just adds to the love that we share.
@Hate2Iron (7953)
• Canada
29 Sep 15
I don't know for sure, but I don't think that there any rules that you have to follow. My mom and dad renewed their vows. It was on the same day, but nothing else was the same. They even exchanged vows in a different church. I think that you can pretty much do what you want. It sounds like a wonderful idea. I hope that you have a wonderful wedding.
@walijo2008 (4647)
• United States
20 Sep 09
Well we've been married 6 yrs, and I think I'd like to renew our vows but I want to do it on our 10 yr. anniversary. We didn't have a big church wedding either, we had a small get together at our home, I think there were only ten of us there, and my husband's good friend is a minister and he was the one who married us. I have no idea of what your supposed to do to renew your vows, if it has to be the same day you got married, I know nothing about how it works. I'm sure someone will know more than I do..lol. Good Luck...
19 Sep 09
You can book packages to renew your vows through travel agency if you fancied going away to do it - we booked our whole wedding that way and got married at a gorgeous hotel in the Caribbean and then had photos taken on the beach!
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
19 Sep 09
Hi ravinskye. Like you, I wasn't into having a big wedding. And like you, I don't have any pictures from my wedding day (my husband and I forgot to bring the camera). My husband and I eloped 14 years ago at the county clerks office. I'm not interested in renewing my vows though. The memory of it is enough for me. Happy mylotting!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
18 Sep 09
I think it's great that you are renewing your vows! I have never done it but I think the beach would be a great place to do so. I think I would do it on the same day. I might suggest the Siesta Keys. I think the beaches there are beautiful..white sand...quiet atmosphere. Take care.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
18 Sep 09
Well since it is not a legal ceremony since you will already be married and it just an honorary ceremony you are fortunate. You can have one of your friends who gets ordained on the internet to do the ceremony. It is difficult to get religious people like priests or pastors to do weddings outside of the church. You can hire a judge to do it, they will often do it for a fee of around $250 to $300. But the cheapest way is to have someone you trust to get ordained on the internet and do it for you. I am ordained and I have married one of my relatives and one of my friends and I of course did not charge them anything. Most counties in the United States recognize couples married by anyone who is ordained, a few do not so it is best to check with the county you are getting married in. But since you are already married you don't have to worry about the legal mumbo jumbo. A friend could also tailor your ceremony how ever you like. If you are going to get married on a beach I would highly suggest doing it early in the day before the sun is at full heat and before it gets crowded, no later than 10:00 AM. Or in the early evening while the sun is still up but almost going down, when most people have gone home, and it is less hot too. As for what beach you should go some place close to where you live and make sure to contact the city that the beach is in to make sure they allow ceremonys on their beach.