Ideas for a renewal of vows

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Ideas for a renewal of vows
Renew your wedding vows in a private ceremony in your backyard. (Michael Turek/Photodisc/Getty Images)

It used to be that the only time you would renew your wedding vows would be for a milestone anniversary, such as 10, 25 or 50 years of marriage. Vow renewals have become more common among couples for a variety of different reasons. For example, if a couple was not able to have a formal wedding, they may renew their vows when they are able to afford a traditional wedding. Others may renew their vows as a sign of their love and to strengthen their bond after going through a rough time together.

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Escape to Vegas

Las Vegas is a popular wedding destination for couple wishing to say "I do" and for saying "I do, again." Couples can renew their wedding vows in a large ceremony at one of the chapels or in a private ceremony with just the two of them on the gondolas at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The hotels in Las Vegas offer packages for couples to renew their wedding vows, including ceremony, reception, spa services and honeymoon suites. For a more lighthearted ceremony, renew your vows with "Elvis" at one of the many small chapels on or off the Strip.

At the Park or Beach

Gather friends and family for a vow renewal ceremony at a local park or beach, where everyone can stay afterwards for a laid back barbecue. Keep the ceremony quick and simple to allow plenty of time for guests to change into comfy clothes before the barbecue begins. Some local catering companies offer barbecue dining menus for parties or you can do it yourself. Serve guests hot dogs and hamburgers with all the sides and fixings at a traditional barbecue. Since it is a vow renewal party colour coordinate plates and decorations with your dress and do not forget the small wedding cake.

In Backyard

If you do not have a lot of money but still want to renew your wedding vows, have it in your backyard. Decorate the yard with tulle, balloons, flowers and an arch. Rent chairs and tables from a local party rental company for your guests to sit at. Food can be as simple as hiring a caterer to serve finger food, pasta or sandwiches or you can make the food yourself.

Cruise or Destination Wedding

If finances were tight when you first got married, chances are you did not have the wedding of your dreams. Once you are settled as a couple and the finances have improved get your closest family and friends together and plan a tropical getaway or cruise to renew your wedding vows. Places such as the Caribbean and Bahamas make for a beautiful background for your vow renewal ceremony and a place for everyone to tour and vacation after the wedding. Other destination weddings can include Europe, Mexico, Hawaii and Australia.

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