Renewal of vows
renewal of marriage vows ceremony is for married couples who wish
to celebrate in a unique and personal way their original vows to
each other, their married years together and also to renew their
commitment to one another.
Why renew our vows?
More and more married couples are choosing to renew their
For some it's a unique opportunity to celebrate a special
For others it helps to confirm their commitment to each
For many it is just a personal statement of their love for each
Appropriate times to renew your vows
The ceremony is often associated with a special wedding
anniversary, but it does not have to be, and it
can be the precursor to a party or celebration.
Renewing your marriage vows can be just as appropriate for
couples at any stage of their marriage.
It may be particularly relevant to those who have been through a
period of unsettlement, which has put a strain on their
relationship, and now wish to celebrate their renewed love and
Where couples have married abroad they often have few family and
friends with them. On their return home they may want for some form
of ceremony which their family and friends can share.
A Kentish renewal of marriage vows ceremony will be both
appropriate and enjoyable in any of these circumstances.
What information will be needed?
Whilst this ceremony has no legal effect it is a public
statement by a couple of their continuing affection, love and
commitment to each other. Couples will need to produce a copy of
their original marriage certificate when booking a ceremony.
Who are they for?
Any married couple may arrange a renewal of marriage vows
The couple can be of any age and be married for any length of
You do not have to live in the area where you hold your
Your unique ceremony
You choose the content of the ceremony from a number of choices
and, just as no 2 couples are the same, no 2 renewal of
vows ceremonies are the same.
As you go through the various choices and make your selections
you will be creating a unique event that the 2 of you will
treasure and your guests will remember. It is a good idea to take
time and think carefully about the options that are appropriate and
have meaning for you both. The special people in your lives can
take part in your ceremony; your children, guests who were at your
wedding and particular friends and relatives.
You may also choose to ask 2 people to witness the signing
of the certificate of the event.
A Celebrant provided and trained by Kent County Council will
conduct the ceremony.
What does the ceremony contain?
There are a number of choices to make in how your ceremony is
arranged, a renewal of marriage vows ceremonies may contain any or
all of the following:
- Introduction and welcome.
- Acknowledgement of any children of the marriage.
- Renewal of marriage vows.
- Rededication of ring(s).
- Giving of new ring(s) or gift(s).
- Messages from previous marriage guests (often the best man,
bridesmaids or bride's father).
- Special music.
- Signing of commemorative certificate and closing words.
How long is the ceremony?
The length of the ceremony will depend on the choices
that the couple have made, any readings and the inclusion or
involvement of family members and friends.
The couple, any witnesses and the celebrant sign a special
Kentish commemorative certificate. View the renewal of vows
Where can these ceremonies be held?
Ceremonies can be held in a range of selected venues which have
been approved by Kent County Council.
These include castles, stately homes, town and country hotels,
wild animal parks, civic halls, and gazebos. On fine days
ceremonies may also be held in gardens attached to these
Dates and times of ceremonies may vary between venues and
couples are advised to check. Normally celebrants are only
available to conduct ceremonies between 8am and 6pm.
How much does it cost?
The fees for ceremonies will vary depending upon the type of
venue and the day of the week.
For details of all ceremony fees, including our terms and
conditions, please visit our
dedicated ceremonies website.
Arranging the ceremony
If you are interested in arranging a Kentish renewal of marriage
vows ceremony and would like further details please contact us.
An appointment will be arranged at a local Kent register office
for you to meet with one of our specialist Renewals Officers
to discuss your personal requirements.