What is a Renewal of Marriage Vows ceremony?
This ceremony is for any married couple that wishes to celebrate renewing their marriage vows in a unique and personal ceremony. Often these ceremonies are associated with a special wedding anniversary, such as the tenth, twenty-fifth, fortieth, etc. but the ceremony is just as appropriate for couples at any stage of marriage.
It is sometimes particularly relevant to those who have been through a period which put a strain on their relationship, but who wish to celebrate their renewed commitment to each other.
The ceremony may also be appropriate for couples who have married abroad but 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 are Renewal of Marriage Vows ceremonies for?
Any married couple, of any age and married for any length of time, can arrange a Renewal of Marriage Vows Ceremony. It does not matter if you do not live in the area where you want your ceremony.
Who writes the ceremony?
The ceremony is put together by you. With our help, of course. Just as no two married couples are the same, no two ceremonies to renew marriage vows will ever be the same. As you go through the choices and select what you want the ceremony to contain, you will be creating a unique event that you and all your guests will remember. Take 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 the wedding and any friends and relatives. You will also need to ask two people to witness the signing of the Certificate of the event.
What does the ceremony contain?
Renewal of Marriage Vows Ceremonies can contain the following sections:
- Introduction and Welcome
- Acknowledgements of any children of the marriage
- Renewal of vows
- Rededication of ring/rings or gifts
- Words from previous wedding guests
- Further reading
- Signing of Certificate
- 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 15 minutes but up to 30 minutes if more reading and options are chosen.
Where can the ceremonies be held?
The ceremony can take place at one of the approved venues or at The Register Office in Redcar. All venues must conform to health and safety regulations. View the list of approved venues.
Can another couple renew their marriage vows at the same ceremony?
No, the purpose of the ceremony is for a couple to make commitments to each other. Other family or friends can hold their own unique ceremony at the same venue, on the same day but not at the same time.
Can we organise a ceremony at short notice?
Usually yes if the venue you choose and the Celebrant are available.
I have been married before - can I still have a ceremony?
Yes, as long as you are now legally married to the person you are going to renew your marriage vows with.
How much does it cost?
Fees and charges vary depending on the venue and the day of the week. Contact the Redcar Heart Register Office for details.
I want to arrange a ceremony - what do I do now?
Simply contact the Redcar Heart Register Office and we will explain the choices available and discuss arrangements. We will need to see your marriage certificate before a ceremony can be booked.