By now you know The Bahamas is the dream destination for weddings. But if you’re already happily married, it might be time to consider a renewal of vows. But what exactly does that entail and what is the best way to go about planning a vow renewal ceremony in The Bahamas? Keep reading to see why saying “I do” again doesn’t have to be complicated.
What is a vow renewal?
Typically, a vow renewal is a celebration of your marriage in the form of a ceremony and a fete. Usually shared with close family and friends, a renewal is a perfect opportunity to commemorate or relive the vows you’ve once made to each other, or make new ones that will carry you into a new chapter of your lives together. A vow renewal can be as big or as intimate as you want, and it can be done once or as frequently as you’d like. Believe it or not, some couples renew their vows yearly!
Why should we renew our vows?
Maybe you’re celebrating a significant anniversary like 5, 10, 20, 25 or even 50 years of marital bliss. Or maybe you’re just coming out of a rough patch and want to solidify your commitment to one another by renewing your vows. It can also be that you got married young or eloped back then and are wanting to do a big celebration of your union together that you never got to have. Whatever your reason, a vow renewal is a wonderful celebration of marriage that allows you to relive the beauty and excitement of your wedding day.
Where do we start?
Once you have decided as a couple that a vow renewal is the right thing for you, it’s time to start planning! Just like any planning process, start by brainstorming about what you envision for your vow renewal. Are you going big or intimate; low-key or indulging in all the full-blown festivities? Do you want a local affair or is this the perfect opportunity to include that once in a lifetime trip (to The Bahamas, of course...)? Once you have an idea of what you want, find an event planner that can help you choose the right venue and vendors to make your vision come true. You can also speak to your resort; they are likely to have someone on staff who will be more than happy to help you figure out the details.
What should we expect at a vow renewal ceremony?
Although a renewal of vows is not a second wedding, you can feel free to set it up any way you’d like. In fact, this is a great opportunity to ditch traditions and plan something that perfectly suits you and your partner. You can choose anyone you’d like to officiate the ceremony, since it’s not a wedding ceremony. Writing and sharing new vows is a big part of the ceremony; it’s a moment to really think about the meaning of your marriage and the promises you want to make going forward. A lot of couples choose this time to upgrade their wedding bands as well (by buying new ones or engraving old ones) and exchange them during the ceremony. Much like a wedding, you’ll want to incorporate decorations, flowers and music of your liking to set the mood you’re going for. If you have older children, invite them to be a part of the ceremony by doing readings or preparing a speech honoring you as a couple.
Why is planning a destination vow renewal in The Bahamas a great option?
When we say, “It’s better in The Bahamas,” we mean it. The Bahamas is well known for romance and special celebrations, so, there is no better place to say “I do” again to the love of your life. Stunning idyllic ocean views and some of the most amazing venues in the world can serve as the backdrop for your special day. The Bahamas is filled with lively culture, delicious food and beautiful scenery that will add that extra special touch. Your ceremony can be designed to your personal preferences, and it will be a day that you will remember for years to come. Don’t forget to hire a photographer to capture those moments!
Besides a beautiful event that will help you rekindle the passion and romance in your relationship, this is also the perfect opportunity to indulge in a second honeymoon or a family vacation that everyone will enjoy. It’s a wonderful time to reflect on how your love story with your spouse started, and how far you’ve come while celebrating not just your union, but your whole family.
Whether you decide to renew your vows as a way to rekindle your love, reestablish your connection or celebrate a milestone, The Bahamas is the perfect place to help you celebrate your special day.