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Do we exchange rings and vows again during the ceremony?
Can we involve our children in the Renewal of Vows service?
Is a Renewal of Vows ceremony legally binding?
Is a Renewal of Vows ceremony legally binding? A renewal of vows ceremony is not legally binding. It is a renewal of the vows you took previously, and a celebration and recognition of the love you have for each other.
It is important to know that a renewal of vows is not another marriage ceremony; while it does give you the wonderful opportunity to say ‘i do’ once again, it is purely for celebratory purposes. The ceremony itself has no legal effect and it is not legally binding on those who take part.
Since you are already officially married, you can organise the day free from any of the restrictions from a formal, legal wedding ceremony; you do not have to walk down an aisle, no one has to give you away… it is totally up to you how you design this special day.
Can a renewal of vows ceremony be religious?
It is up to you!
A renewal of vows ceremony is not legally binding and therefore you can craft the ceremony in whatever way feels meaningful and important to you. This could include holding a religious, non-religious or partially-religious service.
However, if you opt for a Humanist Celebrant, you may not be able to include religious content in the ceremony; this will be at their discretion. It is also important to check with the venue whether they are happy with the religious (or non-religious!) format of your ceremony.
Are there any legally binding restrictions on a renewal of vows ceremony?
No – and that is the beauty of them!
You can add – or take out – anything you deem appropriate from your renewal of vows ceremony. It is your special occasion and you can celebrate it however you wish. This could mean taking the service outdoors, involving other members of the party, changing your vows or sharing personalised readings.
The options are endless; however, you will want to double check with your venue about your plans beforehand.