Published: Monday, Aug. 23rd, 2021
A vow renewal is the joyful celebration and recognition of a spiritual bond that continues to grow and deepen.
During a vow renewal ceremony, you’ll reaffirm the promises made to each other during your wedding or commitment ceremony -- reflecting on the joy you’ve shared since that day and making new promises for the future ahead.
Vow renewals are a beautiful way to celebrate an important anniversary, to remember all the qualities that first attracted you to each other, or to honor your growth as a couple. You might renew your vows after a meaningful life-event or milestone -- such as the birth of a child or big life transition.
Vow renewals are a meaningful act of love for couples in nontraditional partnerships, too, including folks in longterm polyamorous relationships, couples in common-law marriages, and couples who choose commitment ceremonies instead of legally binding marriages.
Vow renewals and sequel weddings are especially popular this year: These celebrations are the perfect follow-up to an earlier elopement or micro wedding. If your first ceremony was smaller than planned because of COVID-19 (like SO many were!), a vow renewal gives you and your spouse the chance to invite all of your friends and family to celebrate your marriage with you!
There’s never a wrong time to remind yourself of how much fun it is to be building a life together, and some couples even hold a renewal every year!
This simple ceremony script includes a handfasting unity ritual to honor the spiritual bond between partners and the importance of their public commitment and place in their community.
‘Handfasting’ is a unique unity ritual that involves the wrapping of a cord or ribbon around a couples’ hands by the ordained minister, a beloved friend, a spiritual elder, or the couple themselves to symbolize their commitment.
Handfasting doesn't have any specific religious or spiritual meaning or rules, so this tradition can be incorporated into any type of ceremony -- nonreligious or religious, interfaith, nondenominational or spiritual, big or small, traditional or nontraditional, virtual or in-person!
Customize this template with your officiant create a personal experience. Add unique moments from your love story, share your original wedding or commitment ceremony vows (or create new ones), and use the visual beauty of a handfast to share your unbreakable bond with guests.
Ask a friend or family member to officiate your vow renewal.
We know that writing a ceremony from scratch can be a daunting process, especially if you’re officiating on short notice. To make things easier, we keep our Sample Script Library well stocked with wedding ceremony templates and sample scripts for you to choose from. These scripts are a great starting point, with sections to add to, leave out, or reorganize, as you personalize a ceremony.
We also have more vow renewal and sequel wedding scripts! Use the 'vow renewal' tag to see them all.
Friends and family members can officiate weddings with online ordination through AMM.
AMM is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. We believe that every couple has the constitutionally protected right to enter into the institution of marriage on their own terms, which includes the right to choose who performs their wedding ceremony.
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