Skip to main content

Renewing vows

A renewal of vows ceremony provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the happiness of your marriage or civil partnership again. Perhaps you would like to recognise and commemorate the achievement of the years you have spent together, or give family and friends who could not be present on the day, a chance to celebrate with you.

You can also rededicate your rings or exchange new rings or special gifts to mark the occasion. You can include poems or readings to further enhance the experience.  Many couples also select two friends or family members to act as honorary witnesses to this special event.

Where ceremonies can be held

Ceremonies can be held at a register office or at any function room or hall. This includes hotels, social clubs and community halls. If you have a ceremony at a function room or hall, you are responsible for booking the venue and paying the hire fee. The venue must have a fire certificate for public or private functions and conform to health and safety regulations. Before you confirm a venue, you should check that we are able to provide a celebrant to conduct the ceremony on the date and at the time you want.  You will be asked for proof of the booking when you meet with the Superintendent Registrar to discuss your ceremony.

The ceremony

The ceremony usually takes 15 minutes but can be extended depending on the number of options and readings chosen. Ceremonies can include:

  • introductions and welcome
  • acknowledgement of any children from the marriage
  • readings
  • renewal of vows
  • rededication of rings or giving of new rings or gifts
  • signing of the record
  • witnesses
  • closing words

At the end of the ceremony you will be presented with a commemorative certificate. It should be noted that a renewal of vows ceremony has no legal status. The certificate issued is purely celebratory and cannot be used for any legal purpose.

Is there anything wrong with this page?