Simply put, a vow renewal is a way to celebrate your marriage and to pay tribute to your ever-growing love. Perhaps you’ve made it to 2, 5, 10, 25 or 50 years together and you want the world to know you’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Maybe you want to reaffirm your commitment to each other after a rough period in your relationship. There’s no wrong reason to renew.
A reaffirmation can take place any time after your actual wedding—from the next day to 30 years later.
Often a partner will surprise their spouse with a vow renewal ceremony, meticulously planning it in secret with a celebrant. These are such joyous and romantic occasions to witness, it is one thing for young, idealistic partners to commit but quite another to see two people who have weathered life’s journey together re-affirm their love and passion for one another. They do this knowing each other inside-out and it often brings them back to the feelings they had on their wedding day, giving them a new sense of purpose and togetherness.
Ireland is now a top-global destination for weddings and vow renewals. We are seeing both people of Irish descent or just a love of all things Irish, incorporating vow renewals into their holidays here. Claddagh rings are often used and traditional Handfasting ceremonies are a great way to ‘re-tie’ the knot.