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Planning A Vow Renewal? Here Are Our Best Tips For You.


August 23, 2022

Planning A Vow Renewal? Here Are Our Best Tips For You.

Who says you can’t make the marriage oath to your spouse twice? Vow renewals are the perfect opportunity to recommit to your partner, honor your relationship, and celebrate your marriage. This celebration typically manifests in a ceremony in which a married couple reaffirms their vows to one another. While renewing vows is a super meaningful way to commemorate a big anniversary, like 10, 20, or 30 years, that doesn’t mean it has to be on one of those milestone years. Some couples renew their vows as often as every anniversary! 

Why Do People Renew Their Vows?

There are many reasons why a couple would want to renew their vows. Some couples may have overcome something significant together, such as illness, infidelity, or long distance, and want to make a new, celebratory commitment. Others may have had a small elopement or micro-wedding and now want to invite more guests for a larger celebration. In fact, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, vow renewal receptions have become even more popular. Because of health restrictions, many weddings over the past couple of years have been very small, resulting in couples renewing their vows and hosting a larger ceremony with all their family and friends. 

These are just a handful of reasons why couples want to renew their vows, but celebrating and recommitting to the love of your life is a reason in itself!

How To Plan A Vow Renewal Ceremony

The good news is a renewal of vows can be anything you want it to be–there are no set rules. You can go as big as you want or as small as you want. But no matter the size or occasion, we’ve set some tips and guidelines to help inspire your planning process. 

Deciding On An Officiant

In the United States, you do not need a license for a vow renewal. It’s simply ceremonial. Thus, when choosing an officiant to preside over the ceremony, you don’t need someone who is legally ordained. That means you can choose anyone to be your officiant. Popular choices include a parent, child, friend, sibling, or your original maid of honor or best man. 

But because there is no legal process involved, that also means you don’t need to have an officiant at all. You are more than welcome to have an intimate, romantic ceremony that only involves you and your spouse.

Picking A Location

Whether you go big or small for your vow renewal ceremony is up to you, but there are dozens of amazing location options in either direction you want to go. You will also want to determine whether you want to do something casual or more upscale. All of this will depend on your intention behind the ceremony. If it’s all about your partner and recommitting your devotion to them, then perhaps a smaller ceremony in your home, a park, or a beach would suffice. If you want the vows to be commemorated with a larger reception, then booking a restaurant or a venue may be in the cards. If that’s the case, then make sure you’re looking at booking venues in advance because, like a wedding, calendars fill up far in advance. 

Vow renewals are also a very good excuse to plan a vacation with your loved ones. The only thing better than traveling to a gorgeous location you’ve always wanted to visit is celebrating the love of your life. Some popular vow renewal destinations include Hawaii, Mexico, the Bahamas, and San Diego.

Vow Renewal in San Diego

San Diego is an amazing place to host a vow renewal ceremony for a multitude of reasons. First off, the nature in San Diego is stunning and vast. Nothing is more romantic than professing your love surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Ocean and rolling hills of SoCal. Not to mention the picturesque weather and vast culture and options for activities. 

If you’re looking to host your vow renewal ceremony, small or large, in San Diego, then you should definitely take The Centre Escondido into consideration. Boasting various venues of all sizes, both indoor and outside, we have plenty of options for whatever kind of reception suits your fancy. Do not hesitate to reach out to one of our professional event planners who can help you on your journey.