Surprise Wedding Anniversary Abroad | Vow Renewal Ceremony Tips

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The wedding anniversary is the time to flashback to the biggest moment in your life and mark a new chapter in your evolving relationship. As well as, rekindling your love for each other, reliving the day puts a spark back into your marriage.

But, what is the key to the success of your marriage? Well, embarking on the fifth, tenth of twentieth year of your loving partnership you might feel the need to celebrate it. The date on which your marriage took place was blissful. In other words, you cemented your love during a wedding ceremony. Moreover, it brought the new beginning of your married life and with that comes maturity and responsibility.

So, how do you carry on arousing one another and keeping the flame of love alive? Easy, take most logical step to your future together. But, I’m not stopping there. Let me clarify, here are your surprise wedding anniversary celebration ideas to personalize your big day. Take a look below now….

Wedding anniversary celebrations

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1 • Revisit and revamp

Although your time together has matured and evolved, sometimes, one of the most difficult parts of a loving relationship is saying these simple words, “I’m sorry babe. We can even feel strange when we say; “I agree with you my love, my honey. You are or were right.” So, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could revisit, and revamp the vows you made on your wedding day?

2 • Celebrate

Before the wedding anniversary celebrations begin, realize that it is a recurring event. And you can share your fond memories as your reminisce to celebrate your 10th year of marriage. Face it, you’re very lucky and blessed to still be together. What’s more you are a role model for your family and friends. Your healthy loving and conjugal relationship is a mirror for others. It is amazing how you’ve managed to create a new sense of value.

3 • Abridged version

Additionally, you’ll have a stronger commitment of your lives together. Given these facts, you can celebrate your love with a renewal of vows ceremony. Use an abridged version script of your original wedding speech. It doesn’t have to be lavish for it to be meaningful and sentimental, make it as special as your long-term union.

4 • Renew or reaffirm your wedding vows & joint name

So, consider the renewal or reaffirmation of your wedding vows and joint name as a special stage of your incredible lives together. This is the opportunity to reawaken your passion and embrace the harmony in your loving relationship. Don’t hold back, now is the time to honor your strong, rock-solid bond and awesome connection. Let others see your love story as you celebrate and share your happiness at your wedding anniversary party.

tin wedding anniversary champagne bottles 5• A renewal of vows ceremony is not legally binding

Saying “Yes, I DO” for the second time inspires your guests. And reliving your wedding day with a party is very simple. There is no need for you to reapply for a marriage license. You don’t have to go through the official formality again. A renewal of vows ceremony is not legally binding.

6•  Use wedding script examples

Therefore you can hold a wedding anniversary celebrations without stretching the party budget. Even better, you can celebrate your rock steady relationship without the authority of the  government. Are you ready? Here are some examples of  wedding scripts for your anniversary event.

7 • Look back on your rich and shared history

Your anniversary party is an excellent time to party with all the generations of your family. Together you can look back on your rich, shared history and celebrate sweet memories. You could ask the clergy at the church to perform your marriage service again. Or you could ask the town hall registrar/clerk who originally married you to carry out the renewal of vows ceremony.

tin wedding anniversary 8 • Extended family and friends are the fabric of our lives

With the above in mind a reaffirmation marriage ceremony does not require a license or legal paperwork. Officiate your ceremony with whoever you want. So, line up a family friend to lead the ceremony. They can write a personal recount and tell the story of your happy married life. Otherwise, the storyteller celebrant or marriage officiant is able to give you specific advice about the  wordings of your renewal of vows.

9 • Make yourself a surprise wedding anniversary collage 

With the above in mind, you can collect non-cheesy readings, poems, symbols or words to help design an unforgettable celebration. For instance memorable pictures and signage will symbolize and characterize the look and feel of your tin wedding anniversary celebrations. Ask family and friends for their input. Don’t be shy! They could suggest a plan and provide memorabilia, photos, items or anecdotes they wish to share with you.

10. Brainstorm what you need for the party

Nothing beats your tin wedding anniversary celebrations. All you need is a good brainstorming session. Get together with friends for an inspirational renewal of vows session. During that time, sketch out your ideas on paper. Make an wedding anniversary party checklist. Don’t forget a centerpiece at the wedding breakfast table. It should not be un-centered. So, create an itinerary of essential items such as unique tabletop displays that guests will remember.

tin wedding anniversary family and friends dressed in white at the table11 • Celebrate wedding anniversary abroad

After all, it’s your special wedding day again. So, anything goes – within reason. Book a destination wedding and capture new memories to add to your album of life. For instance find a local celebrant to conduct the ceremony. By publicly declaring and expressing your strong bond to each other abroad, highlights your love for one another. Enhance your ceremonious event [for less than 350 euros] with a certified marriage celebrant.

Bonus tip – What is your unique and remarkable love story? 

Finally, at your tin wedding anniversary celebrations friends and a celebrant will help you highlight your incredible life and love story. Infuse your personality into your symbolic or anniversary ceremony by including amusing anecdotes, heartfelt love vows and poems. Don’t forget live entertainment. Guests and family will delight in your stories, music, surprises and attention to detail.

tin wedding anniversary couple dressed in white walking in a park during their tin wedding anniversary celebrations

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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