A renewal of vows can take place anywhere, any time with anyone conducting the ceremony. It’s an opportunity to reaffirm your love for one another, or to strengthen your commitment or re-commitment after a period of separation or to mark a special anniversary. It’s a chance to involve your children in your celebration with them playing a central role in the ceremony by reading a special passage or poem, playing music or simply walking you down the ‘aisle’.
You may want to revisit your original vows, or show how your relationship has evolved by exchanging new vows. Rings can be exchanged and symbolism and rituals introduced. It’s entirely your choice, and you have the freedom to include whatever sentiment and meaning you would like to incorporate into the ceremony.
I can help you create your intimate and bespoke ceremony that includes all of your wishes and desires in a way that truly celebrates your love, commitment and lifestyle.
In the UK, the only legal bit is the ‘declaratory & contracting’ words, they HAVE to be said in a Registry Office or licensed venue, in order for your marriage to be recognised in the eyes of the law and for a marriage certificate to be issued. You will need a Registrar and 2 witnesses for this bit to happen.
Declaratory words – I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I may not be joined in matrimony.
Contracting Words – I call upon these persons here present to witness that I do take thee to be my lawful wedded wife/husband.
You will then both be asked to sign the marriage register, along with the Registrar and your 2 witnesses. You are then legally married.
The legal component of your marriage or partnership is important but need not coincide with the day of your celebration and can take place earlier in the day – or several days, weeks or even months before!
It also means that if you have fulfilled this legal requirement in the Registry Office, you can have your other ceremony wherever you choose as there is then no legal requirement for the place or premises to be licensed.
This then gives you the freedom to choose a venue that is special to you. However, you would need to check that there are no local restrictions on using a beach, park or other public grounds.