Your vow renewal checklist

By on September 4, 2015

Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.”

This quote by Jennifer Smith is an apt representation of what marriage means and entails. Every couple who has been married for long should know that they are in a special relationship that has stood the test of time. Such a marriage is definitely worth a celebration, and vow renewals are the perfect way to do it.


Whether you want to celebrate your love, or wish to reaffirm your commitment to each other, you can always have a vow renewal ceremony. It can be as small or as elaborate as you wish. Although a vow renewal isn’t as stressful as wedding planning, there are a few things that can make it even easier. Here is the ultimate vow renewal checklist to help you along the way.

Fix the date and venue

You could plan your vow renewal close to your wedding anniversary, or on any random date. It is preferable to have it on a weekend for the convenience of your guests. Once you finalize the date, decide the venue. You could have it in a hotel or country club, or even your backyard. Decide on whether a big ceremony or a small intimate one would mean more to you and fix the venue accordingly.

Send out invitations

Whether you have a small gathering or an elaborate affair, send out formal invitations. Include the date, venue and time, and if there is a dress code for the party, put that in as well. Send the invitations at least a month in advance, so you can plan according to the number of RSVP’s you receive.

Write your vows

You can either say your same wedding vows or make up new ones that are more appropriate in your current situation. If you can’t remember the original vows, take a look at your wedding video if you have one. Else, go with what you remember and add in a few lines that would be meaningful.

Book your vendors, entertainment and officiant

Once you know how many people will be attending, book your caterers and select the menu. For a casual function, you can have an afternoon tea or brunch. Since there are no legalities involved with the ceremony, you can have either a priest or qualified official, or a close friend conduct it. Don’t forget the flowers for the ceremony and also plan the venue décor.

Decide on what to wear and get it ready


If you want to recreate your wedding day memories, this would be the opportunity to bring out your well-preserved wedding gown. If it doesn’t fit any more, you could have it restyled to match the current fashion. Alternately, you could go for a new dress altogether. Decide on your hair and makeup to look great on the day and fix your boutique appointments ahead of time.

Follow up with your vendors so everything progresses as per plan. Hire a photographer or ask a guest to take your pictures.

If you want a special dress for the big celebration, take a look at our evening dresses for special occasions at Best for Bride, and you are bound to find one that you love.

About Olga Pomeransky

Olga is manager at Best for Bride since 2005. Currently Best for Bride operates 4 bridal stores in Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie). Best for Bride sells wedding, bridesmaids, mob dresses and more.



    Kelly Freds

    September 23, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    I know my parents planned it around their 50th wedding anniversary and it was talked about for a few months before it happened. Lots of planning involved.


    Henley Jackson

    September 23, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    I am barely married now and I am already thinking about this. Is that a bad thing?


    Becky Totes

    September 23, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    My parents are thinking about doing this, but weren’t sure how to plan it. I am going to pass this along to them!



    September 23, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Awesome advice. I hope my new husband and I get to this part of our life together 🙂

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