Post # 1
I’m just curious because we recently went to a vow renewal ceremony in Hawaii (as well as for my husband’s 40th) and the couple has been married for 9 monhs prior. They got married by the courts and wanted to do something with a little more meaning while we were in Hawaii. The whole time we were there, they kept calling themselves newlyweds and after a while it just started to sound like they were doing it mostly for attention. (Not being a hater, we just mainly went for my husband’s 40th then all of a sudden they turned it into their “honeymoon”)
So my question is, if you have a vow renewal ceremony, can you considered yourself a “newlywed”?
Post # 4
THANK YOU!!! Exactly what I thought!!! It was getting on my nerves I tell you!!!
Post # 5
No, but if they want to say it as a cute way of just being excited about their vow renewal then whatever. But actually, they’ve only been married 9 months anyway? I’d probably still consider them newlyweds even without the renewal. I usually use that term for the first year of marriage. But to each their own, I don’t think its a hard and fast rule.
Post # 6
I voted no, but if they’ve been married for only 9 months I’d still consider then newlyweds. Just my opinion.
Post # 7
I voted no because vow renewals do not make someone newlyweds, but you are a newlywed for 1 year after your *original* wedding.
Post # 8
I say not as a direct result of the vow renewal, but I always think “newlyweds” is for the first year, so by fact that they’ve only been married nine months I’d say they still qualify. Not enough to turn your birthday trip into a honeymoon though 🙂
Post # 9
Technically, they ARE newlyweds still, regardless of the vow renewal. But if in 20 years they do it again and say it, that would get annoying.
Post # 10
I figure anything less than a year is “newlywed.” I don’t have any official reason to think this, just a personal opinion.
Maybe if they just had a small civil marriage before, this felt like their “real” wedding to them?
Sorry they were so annoying to you. I think sometimes people forget that other people get tired of hearing about their marital status all the time.
Post # 11
Yes, but only because they had been married less than one year.
Post # 12
I voted no because usually vow renewals are after a couple has been married for some time. If they have only been married 9 month though then I would consider then newlyweds still. I think there was a poll her awhile back about how long your a newlywed and most people consider you to be one your 1st year of marriage.
Post # 13
@mocoko: I voted no, but I do consider someone a newlywed until their first anniversary. But in general they are not newlyweds after a vow renewal typically unless it is within the first year.
Post # 14
Normally I would say no. But in this situation it seems they had a court marriage and then considered this later ceremony their wedding. And since its only been 9 months. I think its okay for them to use that term. They were obviously really excited. Wouldn’t have bothered me.
Post # 15
Sorry but they only reason they had the Hawaiian vow renewal was for attention.