Renewal of vows ceremonies

This ceremony is for any couple who are married or in a civil partnership who wish to celebrate renewing their vows in a unique and personal ceremony

What is a renewal of vows ceremony?

This ceremony is for any couple who are married or in a civil partnership who wish to celebrate renewing their vows in a unique and personal ceremony.

Often these ceremonies are associated with a special anniversary, such as the tenth, twenty-fifth, fortieth, etc. but the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of their marriage / civil partnership.

It is sometimes particularly relevant to those who have been through a period which has put a strain on their relationship, and who now wish to celebrate their renewed commitment to each other.

The ceremony may also be appropriate for couples who have married or had their civil partnership abroad or were unable to have their family and friends with them. It is an opportunity to have a ceremony where friends and family can be invited to share in the occasion.

Who writes the ceremony?

The ceremony is put together by you, with our help, of course. We have a standard ceremony which you can add to or take parts from.

Just as all couples are not the same, no ceremony to renew marriage/civil partnership vows will ever be the same either.

As you go through the choices and select what y​ou want your ceremony to contain, you will be creating a unique event that you and all your guests will remember. Take your time to consider which options are appropriate and have meaning for both of you.
Special people in your lives can take part in your ceremony; your children, guests who were at your wedding or civil partnership and any friends or relatives.

You will also need to ask two people to witness the signing of the souvenir certificate of the event.

What does the ceremony contain?

Renewal of vows ceremonies can contain the following sections:

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Acknowledgements of any children
  • Reading
  • Renewal of vows
  • Rededication of ring/rings or gifts (optional)
  • Words from previous wedding guests
  • Further reading
  • Signing of certificate
  • Witnesses
  • Closing words

Is there a certificate?

A souvenir certificate is signed during the ceremony by the couple and two witnesses.

How long will the ceremony last?

Normally, approximately 20 minutes but up to 30 minutes if more readings and options are chosen.

Where can these ceremonies be held?

The ceremony can take place at one of the Redcar and Cleveland approved venues.

If you are NOT looking to have your ceremony at the Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart, you will need to speak separately to the venues to book a date in their diary. View the list of approved venues.

Can we organise a ceremony at short notice?

Usually we will need a minimum of four weeks notice and you will need to confirm your venue is also available before we check our celebrants' availability.

How much does it cost?

Fees and charges vary depending on the venue and the day of the week. Contact the Redcar Register Office for details on (01642) 444440.

I want to arrange a ceremony - what do I do now?

Please contact the Redcar Register Office on (01642) 444440 where we will take your details and arrange for one of the team to get back to you for a discussion about your wishes.

We will need to see your certified marriage or civil partnership certificate as proof of your legal ceremony as soon as possible once you have booked your ceremony.​