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8 Fun Ideas for Renewing Your Vows ...

There are many reasons for renewing your vows and planning a celebration. Perhaps you eloped the first time or your wedding day wasn't as intimate as you would have liked. Whether you just want to celebrate 20 magical years of wedded bliss or you want a big do over, here are 8 Fun Ideas for Renewing Your Vows...

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1. Get Funky...

Were you too nervous to be that offbeat, colorful, glittery dressed bride the first time? Well, set the wild child free when renewing your vows and get funky! Wear that hippie, feathered head dress you had your eye on the first time, put your flower girl in a tutu and butterfly wings, and wear the pink and gold, short wedding dress that you've been dreaming of. This is your chance to do things your way and be the bride you really wanted to be.

2. Plan a Destination Renewal...

Was your wedding day bigger than you wanted it to be the first time around? Plan a destination vow renewal and make it more about you. When renewing your vows, you don't have to stress about inviting everyone and their mother. You can make it as intimate as you want and elope to Vegas, the Bahamas, or even to Paris! Saying 'I Do' all over again will give you that chance to feel like you two are the only ones in the room because 200 eyes aren't watching you as you kiss.

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3. Include Your Children...

Do you look at your wedding album and wish your children could have been there to help celebrate your big day? Include them when renewing your vows and have them be a part of your ceremony. If this is a 10 year vow renewal, ask your young son or daughter if they would like to be the ring bearer or flower girl. On the other hand, if your children are older during your vow renewal, ask them to give you away or stand alongside of you as you say 'I Do.'

4. Throw a Big Party...

It's been 35 years since the big day and you have a lot more friends and family members than you did back then. So why not throw a big party after renewing your vows and just tell everyone to come as they please. No dress code, no gifts, just bring your dancing shoes and celebrate the love of these two amazing people. To make it easier on yourselves, you could ask everyone to bring a dish, this way you don't have to worry about the food. However, you may want to supply the drinks and music!

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5. Write Your Own Vows...

Get creative and tell your love story when you write your own vows. The first time you walked down the aisle you both just said the traditional vows, but this time you can have fun with it and make everyone laugh. Share the story of how he stepped on your dress or how he got cake stuck up your nose! Your vow renewal is a time to be more relaxed as a bride and groom, so have fun and share those embarrassing stories!

6. Have a Surprise Vow Renewal...

I just read the cutest vow renewal story on Brides.com. For their 30th wedding anniversary, a woman's husband surprised her with a vow renewal! He set up the plans and had an invitation sent to her, and even had her choose from four different dresses to wear! You may not be up to surprising your spouse and planning everything on your own, but why not surprise your kids and your guests by renewing your vows during your "anniversary party." It will be a lovely surprise that everyone will enjoy.

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7. Plan the Honeymoon That Never Happened...

Sometimes a honeymoon doesn't fit into your first wedding plans. Perhaps it was over your budget, you couldn't get time off from work, or you were moving into a new home, and it just wasn't the right time. So, here you are 20 years later; you have more than enough money saved up and you want to renew your vows, get away to relax, and sip wine in Italy. Plan the honeymoon that never happened and don't forget to tell the hotel so they can give you that special "newlywed" treatment!

8. Cruise Ship Vow Renewal...

Set sail and say 'I Do' all over again while on your way to Alaska, Spain, or Australia. If you were already planning to celebrate your wedding anniversary by taking a cruise, why not bump up the celebration by renewing your vows? There are special packages that cruise lines have just for vow renewals. Bonus: they cost less than the wedding ceremony package!

Make renewing your vows as simple or as big as you want. Take this time to reflect on the beautiful relationship you share with your partner. Invite guests who couldn't be there the first time to help you celebrate your vow renewal. Dress up and have the time of your life all over again. Just remember that renewing your vows should be fun and less nerve wrecking than the first time. If the idea of renewing your vows becomes too stress, there is no reason you have to do it. Do you have any plans to renew your vows?

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