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Renewal of Vows Ceremony

This is your special day and you get to choose how you want the renewing of your wedding vows to be presented. Larry James is not married to this ceremony. This ceremony can be completely customized to fit your specific needs.

Minister's Welcome and Opening Remarks

Welcome, one and all. How beautiful is the day that is touched by love!

We have come together in the presence of God to celebrate the marriage of _________ and _________ and to witness the recommitment of their love for one another.

We as family and friends rejoice in their continuing love for each other. We are grateful for the ties of love which bind us together, giving dignity, meaning, worth and joy to all our days.

As a public affirmation, they will declare to us their very special love and reaffirm their lasting commitment as partners in love for life. The promises they are about to make affirm their continuing love to be a special commitment which will continue to strengthen their lives and prepare them for whatever situations they may face with the strength and courage of two.

Again they commit to a love that involves the unselfish giving to one another; not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. They agree to accept each other totally, creating a safe and loving space for each other to grow as individuals and partners and to mature in the faith and unshakable trust they have for each other.

Relationship Thoughts from the Minister

_________ and _________, when you first joined hands and hearts, you did not know where love would lead you. You promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things. Life has surely brought you both wonderful blessings as well as the challenges that come with the joining of two people in love. You have fulfilled your promise. And God is smiling!

Love is more than verses on valentines and romance in movies.

We know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favorite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams.

Without love, we merely exist. With love, we truly begin to live!

For love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely place. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy is the greatest treasure of all - one known only by those who truly love.

Someone once said: The most wonderful of all things in life, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase.

This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It's a Divine destiny."

They want this day to mean something special to you. Those who are married may want to silently renew and reaffirm their vows today by gently taking the hand of their partner during this ceremony. Others may want to also join hands and think about what it means to be a friend, for marriage is built first on friendship.

Charge to the Couple

_________ and _________, the state of matrimony is true marriage only when it is based upon a deep, inner communion of two souls who find completion, each in the other.

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage the little things are the big things.

  • It is never being too old to hold hands.
  • It is remembering to say, I love you" (out loud), at least once a day.
  • It is never going to sleep angry.
  • It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
  • It is at no time taking the other for granted. . . for what you take for granted, disappears.
  • It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
  • It is having the capacity to forgive and not bring it up later.
  • It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
  • It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel.
  • It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
  • It is a common search for the good and the beautiful in each other.
  • It is not only marrying the right partner, it is BEING the right partner.

Marriage can be a great adventure when it is the outward expression of a great love; such a love is characterized by compassion, passion and courage.

It allows you to see through to your partner's essence, willing to be in total support of your partner's well-being, goals, purpose and spirit; and unwilling for your partner to be less than all he or she can be spiritually, mentally, and physically.

Such a love requires that you be totally honest with yourself and your mate, that you ask for what you want, take action even though you are afraid, share your feelings and listen but leave your partner free to be who they really are. In other words, always love your partner for who they are, not for who you think they should be.

Always remember, "Relationships are something that must be worked on all the time, not only when they are broken and need to be fixed. Never stop doing the things that brought you together in the first place."

We as your friends gathered here today, accept for you a love that continues to bring out your magnificence, a love that gives you the courage to stand apart and the willingness to stand together. When times call for you to be apart, may you always return to your togetherness in the same spirit of love that you are feeling in this moment.

Most of all, we want that, at the end of your lives on this planet, you will look into each others eyes and be able to say:

"Because you have loved me, you have given me a faith in myself, and because I have faith in myself, I have loved my fellow man. My life with you has been complete."

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(Optional) - Wedding Readings (Scriptural or Otherwise)/Music/Poetry by friends or family. Note: You may want to have a friend read the lyrics to your special song. - For a special poem appropriate for a renewal ceremony, click here. Other wedding readings can be found here.

•    •    •

Minister: Please face each other.

•    •    •

(Optional) - Wife & Husband Read Vows to Each Other

Minister: At this time _________ and _________ would like to make some personal promises to each other.

Wife to Husband:

Husband to Wife:

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Minister: Please repeat after me.

(Wife and Husband say the following at the same time to each other)

I love you differently than the love I had for you on our wedding day.
I want you to know that my love and commitment to you
is even stronger than it was
because of what we have shared together.
I love you more with each passing day.

Reafirmation of Vows

Minister: Remembering your wedding vows made _________ years ago on _________, 19_________, is it your intention that you now reafirm those vows?

Both: Yes, it is.

Minister to Husband: _________, please repeat after me.

In the name of God (or Love), I _________, promise to continue to love, cherish and protect _________, whose hand I now hold, and provide for her in health and sickness, and to be true and faithful to her. I say these words because I love you, and choose to continue to live the rest of my life with you. I renew my vow to honor and respect her as my wife.

Minister to Wife: _________, please repeat after me.

In the name of God (or Love), I _________, promise to continue to love, cherish and protect _________, whose hand I now hold, and provide for him in health and sickness, and to be true and faithful to him. I say these words because I love you, and choose to continue to live the rest of my life with you. I renew my vow to honor and respect him as my husband.

•    •    •

(Optional) - Exchange wedding rings, new anniversary rings or a single red rose bud

Minister: What symbols do you give to reaffirm this marriage?

Wife and Husband: Rings.

NOTE: If rings. . .

(Ring bearers gives rings to wife and husband)

Your rings are circles and a circle is the symbol of the sun, the earth, the universe, of wholeness, perfection, peace and unity. Like circles, your rings have no beginning and no ending.

Let each of us in his own way, may it be prayer, may it be by a thought, whatever you and I would wish for this couple, let's pray or have our own thoughts as a blessing upon these rings. Let us pause at this time for these silent blessings. (pause) These rings, now blessed are a symbol of love and faithfulness.

Minister to Husband: _________, please repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a symbol of my continuing love and devotion, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

You may now place the ring on her finger.

Minister to Wife: _________, please repeat after me.

I give you this ring as a symbol of my continuing love and devotion, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

You may now place the ring on his finger.

NOTE: If a single red rose bud. . .

Minister: Your gift to each other on your wedding day was your wedding rings - which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect; and a public showing of your commitment to each other.

Today, your promise of renewal comes in the form of a single red rose bud. The rose is considered a symbol of love and a single rose always means only one thing - it says the words "I love you."

Within these buds, if given proper loving care, is the potential for an even more beautiful expression of Life and Love in the form of the mature flower. And so it is with your marriage.

•    •    •

Minister: If there is anything you remember of this renewal of vows ceremony, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love that can make it a glorious union, and it is by love that your marriage shall endure. Whatever the situation, love, understanding, acceptance and forgiveness can make everything right.

May that special love you now share continue to grow and blossom in the years to come and be sustained by the Divine, by family and friends and by the commitment you make again this day. May you find in each other companionship as well as love; understanding as well as compassion; challenge as well as agreement.

May the home in which you live continue be an island where the pressures of the world can be sorted out and brought into focus; where tensions can be released and understood; where personal needs do not tower over concern for others and where the warmth of humor and love puts crisis into perspective. And above all, may you find an even richer joy in living, learning and loving together.

•    •    •

Pronouncement of Marriage

Now that _________ and _________ have reaffirmed their love and commitment to each other by solemn vows, with the joining of hands (and the giving and receiving of a ring/a red rose bud,) I affirm that you are wife and husband, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Those whom god has joined together, let no one put asunder.

•    •    •

(Optional:  The Unity Candle Ceremony)

(Optional:  The Blending of the Sands Ceremony) - Note: This ceremony can be used as a "Blending of the Family" ceremony which includes children. (See #2 Ceremony)

•    •    •

Minister: You may now seal your promises with a kiss.

Introduction of Couple

Minister: Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my pleasure to introduce to you, Mr. & Mrs. _________ _________.

Now go in peace and continue to Celebrate Love!

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Copyright © - Larry James. All rights reserved.

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NOTE:  An excellent resource for renewing your vows or second marriages is: http://www.GettingRemarried.com.

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