Vow Renewals
There are many reasons for couples to renew their wedding vows and it also makes a wondeful gift to give your parents as well! The main reason marriages fail is because the romance withers away. Over the years, grievances and hurts add up and it becomes difficult to find a way to leave those all behind. A renewal of vows is both a re-affirmation of the vows you once made to each other and a time where mistakes and regrets can be left behind. A Vow Renewal is a fresh new start and a reminder of why you were married the first time.

Renewal of Vows ceremonies are often used by couples who married at the courthouse and now want a REAL ceremony. Renewal ceremonies are often given as gifts by children to their parents as a way of saying thank you or even in return for all the time and expense the parents put into their wedding.

Often such ceremonies are in the setting of a family reunion or at a special destination. Whatever the reason may be, you will be surprised what it might do for your relationship!
Sample Vow Renewal Ceremony

THE MARRIAGE RENEWAL CELEBRATION

 

_________ AND _________, WE HAVE GATHERED HERE TODAY TO CELEBRATE YOUR DESIRE TO RENEW YOUR MARRIAGE VOWS. THIS DAY YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO REAFFIRM YOUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER WITH SPOKEN WORDS, WITH PRAYER, AND WITH THE SHARING OF SYMBOLS.

(VERSE BY THE SEA):

MARRIAGE IS A COMMITMENT TO LIFE... TO THE BEST THAT TWO PEOPLE CAN FIND AND BRING OUT IN EACH OTHER. IT OFFERS OPPORTUNITIES FOR SHARING AND GROWTH NO OTHER HUMAN RELATIONSHIP CAN EQUAL; A PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL JOINING THAT IS PROMISED FOR A LIFETIME.

WITHIN THE CIRCLE OF ITS LOVE, MARRIAGE ENCOMPASSES ALL OF LIFE'S MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIPS. A WIFE AND A HUSBAND ARE EACH OTHER'S BEST FRIEND, CONFIDANT; LOVER; TEACHER, AND LISTENER. THERE MAY COME TIMES WHEN ONE PARTNER IS HEARTBROKEN OR AILING, AND THE LOVE OF THE OTHER BRINGS HEALING; OF A STEDFASTNESS THAT ESTABLISHES THE MARRIAGE COVENANT.

MARRIAGE DEEPENS AND ENRICHES EVERY FACET OF LIFE. HAPPINESS IS FULLER, MEMORIES ARE FRESHER, AND COMMITMENT IS STRONGER.

MARRIAGE UNDERSTANDS AND FORGIVES THE MISTAKES THAT LIFE IS UNABLE TO AVOID. YET IT ENCOURAGES AND NURTURES NEW LIFE, NEW EXPERIENCES; NEW WAYS OF EXPRESSING LOVE THROUGH THE SEASONS OF LIFE.

WHEN TWO PEOPLE PLEDGE TO LOVE AND CARE FOR EACH OTHER, IN MARRIAGE; THEY SEEM TO CREATE A SPIRIT UNIQUE TO THEMSELVES, WHICH BINDS THEM CLOSER THAN ANY SPOKEN OR WRITTEN WORDS. MARRIAGE IS A PROMISE, MADE IN THE HEARTS OF TWO PEOPLE WHO LOVE EACH OTHER, AND THIS WILL TAKE A LIFETIME TO FULFILL. (ALOHA TO YOU BOTH, WELCOME TO OUR ISLAND).

SHARING OF LEIS:

FOR THOSE OF US WHO CALL HAWAII HOME, THE FLOWER LEI IS A SYMBOL OF LOVE FOR US; IT IS ALSO A SYMBOL OF THINGS THAT ARE FRAGILE, TEMPORAL. FOR A FLOWER LEI WILL ONLY LAST FOR A DAY OR TWO, AND THEN IT IS GONE. OUR LIVES ARE LIKE THE LEI. WITH IN THE SPAN OF ETERNITY. THEREFORE LIVE WITH TENDER CONSIDERATION FOR EACH OTHER, CONTINUE TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER, AND YOUR MARRIAGE WILL
LAST. MAY THE LEIS YOU NOW OFFER EACH OTHER, BE RECOGNIZED FOR THE EARNESTNESS OF YOUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.

(THE HAWAIIANS HAVE A TRADITIONAL SAYING: HONI KA WAA. KISS HER/HIM ON THE MOUTH).

(DECLARATION OF INTENTION):

________, DO YOU WISH FOR __________, TO CONTINUE TO BE KNOWN AS YOUR WIFE? IF SO, PLEASE SAY "I DO."

________, DO YOU WISH FOR ___________, TO CONTINUE TO BE KNOWN AS YOUR HUSBAND? IF SO, PLEASE SAY "I DO."

_________ AND ____________, DO YOU PROMISE TO LET YOUR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER CONTINUE TO GROW, AS IT HAS; AS IT WILL; AND AS IT MUST. SO THAT IN THE YEARS TO COME YOU WILL RENEW YOUR ACCEPTANCE, YOUR UNDERSTANDING, AND YOUR TRUST OF ONE ANOTHER? IF SO, PLEASE SAY "WE PROMISE."

(RENEWAL OF MARRIAGE VOWS. BRIDE AND GROOM REPEAT AFTER MINISTER:

I _________, CONTINUE TO TAKE YOU _________, TO BE MY WIFE. I PROMISE TO CONTINUE TO LOVE YOU, ONLY YOU, AND CHERISH YOU. I WILL BE A COMPANION TO YOU. I WILL SHARE MY STRENGTHS AND MY ACHIEVEMENTS. I PROMISE TO RESPECT YOU AND BE A FRIEND TO YOU. FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER; IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE.


I ________,CONTINUE TO TAKE YOU _________, TO BE MY HUSBAND. I PROMISE TO CONTINUE TO LOVE YOU, ONLY YOU AND CHERISH YOU. I WILL BE A COMPANION TO YOU. I WILL SHARE MY STRENGTHS AND MY ACHIEVEMENTS. I PROMISE TO RESPECT YOU AND BE A FRIEND TO YOU. FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER; IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE.

RING CEREMONY:
THE WEDDING RINGS ARE A SYMBOL OF LONGEVITY IN THE
MARRIAGE COVENANT. THE CIRCLE OF THE RING SYMBOLIZES A NEVER ENDING CIRCLE OF LOVE AND COMMITMENT THAT YOU ARE MAKING. ALWAYS SEE THE BEST IN EACH OTHER AND EACH DAY THAT YOU ARE TOGETHER, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BEAUTY OF THESE RINGS; REMEMBER THE LOVE THAT YOU HAVE FOR EACH OTHER, IS FOREVER.

__________, REPEAT AFTER ME YOUR RING CEREMONY:
_________, I GIVE THIS RING TO YOU AS A SIGN OF MY LOVE,
I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU TO CONTINUE TO BE YOUR HUSBAND.
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, YOU SHALL NOT WALK ALONE.
I FEEL SO HONORED TO CONTINUE TO HAVE YOU AS MY WIFE.
I VOW TO LOVE AND SUSTAIN YOU IN THE COVENANT OF OUR MARRIAGE,
FOR AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE.

__________, REPEAT AFTER ME YOUR RING CEREMONY:
___________, I GIVE THIS RING TO YOU AS A SIGN OF MY LOVE,
I GIVE MYSELF TO YOU TO CONTINUE TO BE YOUR WIFE.
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD, YOU SHALL NOT WALK ALONE.
I FEEL SO HONORED TO CONTINUE TO HAVE YOU AS MY HUSBAND.
I VOW TO LOVE AND SUSTAIN YOU IN THE COVENANT OF OUR MARRIAGE,
FOR AS LONG AS WE BOTH SHALL LIVE.

PRONOUNCEMENT:

WE HAVE BEEN WITNESSES TO THIS SPECIAL DAY. THEREFORE, I AND THOSE OF US THAT ARE HERE WITH YOU RECOGNIZE THAT YOU ARE STILL HUSBAND AND WIFE, AND WE AND ALL OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHALL HONOR YOU AS THE SAME FROM THIS DAY FORWARD. (PRAYER CAN BE INSERTED HERE IF YOU WISH)

BENEDICTION:

__________ AND _________, REMEMBER THIS DAY HERE IN BEAUTIFUL MAUI WITH JOY AND THANKSGIVING. MAY YOU LOVE TO LIVE, AND LIVE TO LOVE.
NOW BY THE POWER GIVEN UNTO ME AS A MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL,
AND BY THE LAWS OF THIS STATE. I NOW PRONOUNCE THAT YOU ARE STILL
HUSBAND AND WIFE. THEREFORE (HONI KA WAA) YOU MAY KISS YOUR
BRIDE!

I PRESENT TO YOU MR. AND MRS. ________ AND _________ __________!

WHOM GOD HATH JOINED TOGETHER. LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER!

ALOHA E! ALOHA E! ALOHA E!


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