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How We Create The Perfect Vow Renewal Ceremony

At Ceremonies By Kat, we embrace the celebration of being a wedding officiant. But weddings are not the only time we get to celebrate with couples; we also celebrate your vow renewal, baby dedication, and memorializing a loved one’s life.


Is a Vow Renewal Right For You?

While each couple chooses to perform a vow renewal ceremony for different reasons, we have collected a few popular reasons over the years:

♥ Overcoming a challenge or a turbulent time

♥ Catching up after the birth of a child or other significant moments

♥ A fun chance to travel/celebrate while reconnecting with your partner

♥ Performing your dream ceremony if originally not possible


Your reason for choosing a vow renewal is your own, but we strive to connect with you and ensure that your vow renewal is precisely what you envisioned. While they may mirror the traditional wedding ceremony in some forms, vow renewal celebrations take on their unique energy.


Many vow renewal ceremonies require special touches because the couple wants children or pets involved. We love finding ways to incorporate them where they can help the ceremony and form beautiful memories with everyone.


Vow Renewal: Recommitment

Throughout the ceremony, we share references to the blessings, challenges, and growth you have experienced throughout your relationship. We focus on the “re”-commitment aspect by incorporating many “re” words to concentrate on learning and improving:

Renewal – recharge – refresh – recommit – remember – rededicate – rebirth


These words focus on a beautiful aspect of your vow renewal: your fresh commitment to each other. As a couple, you can acknowledge past struggles while choosing to leave them in the past and grow into a happier, better-connected couple.


And here is a fun idea: Surprise your partner!


Try a Surprise Vow Renewal Ceremony

A few years ago, we suddenly received requests for surprise vow renewal ceremonies. In the case of heterosexual couples, most of these requests were even coming from the husbands! 


We are not recommending a surprise vow renewal for every couple; many partners would not enjoy the surprise element. However, the surprise ceremonies we performed were very beautiful and emotional.


These opportunities bring out my playful side. I hide behind palm trees, inside bushes, or in your favorite hidden nook just to hop out and surprise your partner. Typically, we work with the photographer to ensure the moment is perfect.


The reactions we have received are priceless, and we often proceed to have an intimate and lovely ceremony. Sometimes, there are new rings or gifts of another kind. Sometimes, we rededicate the existing rings. Either way, it is so restorative, hopeful, and meaningful.


A Few Surprise Vow Renewals


Couple kissing on beach at sunset

We have performed several surprise vow renewals, which all leave a lasting impression. However, here are a few ceremonies that are incredibly precious in my memory:


In this first story, the wife approached us with the idea of a surprise vow renewal on the beach with her husband. We loved it!


With everything prepared, I waited to the side while they watched the sunrise, then casually strolled up, asking for help with my cell phone.


When the husband gallantly stepped over to help me, I queued up the wife's song and then stepped back to let it all sink in.


Afterward, they shared this intimate handfasting ritual; I took pictures and left them to continue their quiet and personal moments.


Our next story involves a husband who asked us for help. He chose to “re-propose” before their small, private ceremony.


Man proposing on one knee to a woman

I waited, hidden off to the side until the couple approached. As they drew near, he dropped to one knee. Her reaction was my cue to jump out! 


We love performing vow renewals, whether elaborate ceremonies or surprise memories gifted from one partner to the other.


They present a beautiful opportunity to recommit to your partner and refresh your relationship.


We get to relive precious memories together, discuss your challenges as a couple, and celebrate your resilience in sticking together.


We hope that if you consider a vow renewal ceremony with your partner, you will let us help you create the perfect memories. And maybe if we have too much fun, we can do it again in a few years!

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