TO @mrs_ecc: GORGEOUS Pictures, thanks for sharing.
RE – VOW RENEWALS
From and Etiquette perspective…
Traditionally Vow Renewals were held to mark BIG Milestone Anniversaries… like 20, 25, 50 etc, or if the couple had faced some sort of hardship (illness was common)
But today it is quite common for Couples to plan a Vow Renewal for a sooner Date / Anniversary.
Traditionally if it is a Vow Renewal to mark an Anniversary (vs one where the couple didn’t have a BIG Wedding Ceremony for some extenuating circumstance… such as the Groom was being deployed) then the VR is a much more low key event than the Original Wedding.
The couple can hold their VR alone… or they can invite friends & family to witness. It can be held indoors or out. In their house of worship… or on somewhere exotic like a Beach or a Hot Air Balloon.
They can replicate the service that was given to them on their Wedding Day (Music,Readings, etc)… or write their own vows. In some Countries / States / Regions… they won’t be saying the exact same vows as they did on the day they were married… but rather a confirmation of vows… “I vow to continue to…” (this is because in some places you cannot legally marry twice… even if it is to the same person).
Usually NO Wedding Attire is worn (such as a Wedding Dress). But Flowers are often used. Guests may or may not include the original Bridal Party. Altho the tradition of a Processional / Recessional is omitted.
Following the Service a “Reception” party… can be as simple or as elaborate as the couple wishes… Open House, Pot Luck, Back Yard BBQ, Cocktails & Hors d’Ouvres or a Sit Down Meal. Often a Replica Wedding Cake is served with Sparkling Wine orChampagnefor toasting.
Lol, this time round, not only do familiar faces from the Original Wedding make Toasts (Parents, Best Man, Maid/Matron of Honor etc)… but often the couple’s children will as well.
Hope this helps,
PS… I don’t want to burst your bubble… BUT as an Encore Bride, I will tell you that dreaming this now, and making it happen down the road can be a HUGE Challenge for a couple. Particularly so if you have kiddies… Life just gets in the way… with always something else taking precedence financially… vs throwing a kick-ass Reception Party for Friends & Family members. Which is why more often than not couples who do something tend to dos so around the 20, 25 or 30 year mark… when their kids are off to college, out of the house, and money is a bit more free flowing again. A Vow Renewal combined with a special Second Honeymoon can be an awesome way to mark one’s Silver Anniversary.