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 wishes 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 and 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 Vows ceremonies for?
Any couple who are married or in a civil partnership, of any age, can arrange a Renewal of 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. We have a standard ceremony which you can add to or take away parts. Just as couples are not the same, no ceremony to renew marriage/civil partnership vows will ever be the same. As you go through the choices and select what you 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 and 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
- 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 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 also book a date in their diary. View the list of approved venues.
Can another couple renew their 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 in a civil partnership before - can I still have a ceremony?
Yes, as long as you are currently legally married or in a civil partnership with the person you are going to renew your vows with.
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.
I want to arrange a ceremony - what do I do now?
Please contact the Redcar Register Office where we can book the date and time in our diary. You will be asked at this stage to pay a non-refundable booking fee. We will send you information on the choices available and we ask that you return your choices approximately 2 - 6 weeks prior to your ceremony. We are here to discuss arrangements if you need any advice. 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.