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How To Plan a Ceremony for Renewing Your Vows

December 29th, 2012 Seasonal

Renewing your vows or getting married for a second time both hold significant meanings. Saying those vows again is a testament to the love that you proclaimed many years ago and will serve to strengthen the bond that you have with your significant other. It is also a celebration of all that you two have accomplished since you first said those fateful words, "I do." If you are getting married a second time, it shows your ability to love and to try again. It demonstrates the size of your heart and your willingness to trust and love others.

Ceremony
As you say your vows for the second time, you do not have to be extravagant. What matters most is the exchange of words. Try to have the ceremony in an intimate setting to enhance the closeness you feel, not only with your soon-to-be significant other, but also with everyone you have invited to share the special occasion. Your wedding song or vow renewal song can be from an artist that you both enjoy or perhaps it can be inspired from a special moment you two shared - such as the first time you met or your first date when a song was played over the radio.

Invitation list
If you have decided to scale down this time around, think carefully about who you would like to have in attendance. Your immediate family will undoubtedly be on the guest list, and you should also think about inviting close friends (such as the best man and maid of honor) who were there when you first said your vows. Mutual friends who witnessed the beginning of your relationship will also be great candidates for making a toast or speech during the reception.

Decorations
Adorn the reception area with colorful flowers as centerpieces - perhaps ones that embody the favorite color of your significant other. Find photos from the past that span the length of your relationship and create a colorful collage or a timeline. This can show how much you two have grown together over the years and represent all that you have shared.