Renewal of Vows

Vow renewal ceremonies are on the rise! Perhaps you’re celebrating a special wedding anniversary, you may have been through a rough time, your original wedding may not have been the dream day you had hoped for, or sadly it may be at a time when a loved one has a terminal illness and wish to reaffirm your love to leave ever lasting memories of love, happiness and joy. Maybe though you just want an excuse for a big party! Whatever the reason I can help you celebrate!

Vow Renewals are such a sacred recognition of love and commitment. It gives you a chance to reflect on the journey of married life you have had so far and to express your hopes and wishes for the future.

Renewal of Vows in Carlisle, Cumbria
Renewal of Vows Celebrant in Carlisle, Cumbria

Just like the wedding ceremonies I deliver; you can include anything you like in your ceremony. I work with the both of you as we prepare a day to remember! I will write a beautiful ceremony, a unique one, to celebrate the past, present and future of your marriage. You can write your own vows or promises or choose to renew your old ones. You may want a wedding ring rededication, buy new rings or another special token of love. Anything that has become special to you through the course of your marriage, we can include in the ceremony: special songs, poems, film quotes. Maybe you have a family now and would like to involve them in the ceremony. You might even be able to include your original bridesmaids and best man.

As Renewal of Vows aren’t legally binding there are no hard and fast rules to follow. You can have your ceremony wherever and whenever you want. Perhaps an evening under the stars, the place you got engaged, your favourite restaurant or somewhere with a meaningful connection. I will happily accommodate any wishes or dreams you may have for your special day.

Such ceremonies are a profound expression of love to renew your vows. You may have known your partner for a great deal of time, you’ve taken the rough with the smooth, you know each other in the shadows and in the light: to reaffirm your commitment to one another is very special.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

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You get in contact with me via email, message, phone call, facebook, Instagram, or in person and we have initial chat about your requirements and wishes. You can give me a date and I will see if it is available. If it is then lets meet up! We get to know each other and you can decide if you would like me to be your celebrant.
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Once you have decided I am the one for you I ask that you pay me a deposit. All the fees and deposits can be found below. This deposit secures your date.
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We then meet up in person or over Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and we get to know each other even more. This can take between 1-2 hours it totally depends what we get chatting about and if we get distracted! At this meeting I want to get to know all about your love story – I will ask you all sorts of questions in getting to know you as a couple. This helps me make your ceremony totally unique and personal. We also talk about what ideas you have for your ceremony – where will it be, is there a theme, will there be bridesmaids and a best man/men, how many guests will there be, do you want any symbolic actions and so on. If you don’t know the answers to any of these questions – it’s totally fne – don’t worry! I have a wealth of ideas and I will talk you through them all if needs be! The time will fly by and it might be we need another meeting!
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I will send you a whole host of readings and poems to see if you would like to include any. No pressure to do so at all.
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I go away and compose a draft script for your ceremony using all the information I have gained from us meeting.
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It is important for me to say there are no restrictions on how many times we re-write the draft ceremony. It has to be absolutely perfect. If there is anything you don’t like, just let me know I really don’t mind.
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We can have a rehearsal at the venue if it is not too far away. This isn’t compulsory it’s just if you want to. I don’t like to read through the script so it can be new to you on the day, but we can go through the choreography of your ceremony and the music. I can liaise with staff and your photographer should they be there.
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I will contact the venue near the date of the ceremony to check timings and the running of the day etc. if I haven’t been there before I will do my best to visit so I am familiar with my surroundings.
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I will go through with you all the suppliers you are using so photographer, videographer, musicians and so on so I can introduce them to your guests.
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At this point we should be nearing the stage where we can say we have our final draft. I like to do this (by the latest) a week or 2 before your ceremony. That gives me time to add in any readings, poems or music and importantly vows you have chosen.
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When the big day arrives, I will be at the venue an hour or so before the ceremony. I will let you know the exact time before hand. I will find you both and either together or separately check you’re alright and go through the running order just to put your minds at rest. I will also try and find the other people that may be involved with your ceremony such as those doing a reading and poem just so they know when they will be introduced. Everything will be set up and ready to go in good time.
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After the ceremony when there’s a chance to have 2 minutes with you, I will present you with a beautiful presentation box with a copy of your ceremony script and certificate in (should you have chosen to sign one).

FEES £595

DEPOSIT £250 due at time of booking.

For ceremonies within a 25-mile radius of CA2.

Additional mileage of 45p a mile is charged for ceremonies further afield.