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Renewal of marriage vows

If you are already married but wish to renew your marriage vows you can have a special ceremony. These ceremonies are not legally binding. You can be of any age and married for any length of time. You do not have to live in the area where you want the ceremony to take place. ‚Äč

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.

The ceremony

The ceremony usually takes 15 minutes but can be up to 30 minutes depending on the number of options and readings chosen. Ceremonies can include:

  • introductions and welcome
  • acknowledgement of any children of the marriage
  • reading
  • renewal of vows
  • rededication of rings or giving of new rings or gifts
  • words from previous wedding guests, often best man, bridesmaid or bride’s father
  • further reading
  • signing of the record
  • witnesses
  • closing words
  • it is nice to ask two people to witness the signing of the certificate of the event

You will be presented with a commemorative certificate at the end of the ceremony. A renewal of vows ceremony has no legal status and the certificate cannot be used for any legal purposes.

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