11 Couples Who Had Their Intimate Vow Renewal Ceremony

5 min read Jan 28, 2021

You may think that a vow renewal is just for those who have been together for many, many years and are looking to re-up on their vows, but you’d be wrong! Through our years at Simply Eloped, we’ve found that couples renew their vows for various reasons. There are so many wonderful reasons to reaffirm your love for your honey, from incorporating the kids into the ceremony or re-commit to one another after a hardship (*cough* *cough* global pandemic).

What Is a Vow Renewal?

Before we proceed to the vow renewal ideas from our lovely couples, let’s define first what a vow renewal is. This is usually a celebration done on anniversaries such as 10, 35, or 50 years of being together. However, there are no actual written rules when to have one. You can have it anytime you feel like having a celebratory ceremony to reaffirm your love for one another. With so many creative vow renewal ideas nowadays, you’ll find yourself wanting to do it right away!

How to Plan a Vow Renewal Ceremony?

Preparing to renew your vow is like planning a wedding but on a smaller scale and in the most intimate way possible. You don’t have to worry about any legal documents because this is purely ceremonial. Here is a guide for you:

  • Choose among the unique vow renewal ideas you have in mind so that you already have a vision of how your ceremony will look like. 
  • Finalize the date of your vow renewal ceremony and send out invitations (if any).
  • Find someone to officiate your vow renewal. 
  • Pick out your outfit (it doesn’t need to be a wedding dress or suit). Hint: you can refer to what our lovely couples are wearing on their renewal day.

Here are eleven couples who renewed their vows with Simply Eloped and why they thought it was important to them.

Chad & Mariea

Chad and Mariea decided to renew their vows with their kids to celebrate 25-years of marriage – what an amazing feat! These two had their son officiate their vow renewal for them. They went all out – from flowers to hair & makeup. These two lovebirds made their New Year’s Eve vow renewal as memorable as possible. Don’t you love that fur wrap and the blue suits?

Martin & Linda

Martin & Linda had a previous ceremony in New York City and hopped over from Sweden for a vow renewal to celebrate their 10th anniversary with their daughter, Saga. to make this event even more magical…Martin surprised Linda with the vow renewal ceremony. She wasn’t privy of the plan until the officiant and photographer showed up. So fun!

Jamie & Shane

Hopping up from Tennessee to New York City and pregnant with a new baby, Jamie surprised her honey Shane with a vow renewal. Armed with décor saying “We Still Do” and their toddler in toe, they re-exchanged their vows and commitments to one another. Watch the highlight of their ceremony here, but be warned – it’s a tear-jerker! They had the most beautiful wedding vows we have ever heard!

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Jo & Lee


Jo & Lee hopped the pond from the UK to renew their vows on their 10-year anniversary in their favorite city: New York City! We are absolutely adding traveling on top of the list of wedding vow renewal ideas! Imagine how these two swept Central Park for their darling vow exchange. They went all out – booked hair & makeup, flowers, an officiant, and a photographer. This sunny fall day was a perfect one for a renewal.

Chantalle & Dominic

Chantalle & Dominic had a very family-centric vow renewal. These lovebirds included their two kids and focused on the family exchanging promises to one another. Letting your entire family participate on this day is great to add to our vow renewal ceremony ideas. From the photos alone, it seems like this family has a fun time together.

Stacey & Andy

Brooklyn natives, Stacey & Andy, performed a vow renewal in the nearby park – Prospect Park. With 15 guests present – including their three kids, these two re-affirmed their love for one another. From the perfect summer weather to the vow exchange, this ceremony was picture-perfect.

Ken & Scarlett

Another surprise vow renewal! Ken decided to surprise his wife Scarlett as a way of celebrating their 15 wonderful years together as husband and wife. Ken likes to tell the story that he botched the original proposal, which was joked about for the first ten years of marriage. He redeemed himself by proposing again in front of the Eiffel tower on their tenth anniversary and doing a vow renewal the next day in Paris. After that, he thought it would be fun to do something like that every five years. He proposed again in New York City, followed by a short ceremony with a few friends.

Thomas & Natasha

Apparently, surprise vow renewals are a popular concept! Thomas loves to celebrate that he ‘already has the most beautiful woman on the planet’ and wants to celebrate it as often as possible. These two hopped over from Amsterdam for a private and heart-melting surprise vow renewal ceremony. She was delighted and surprised, to say the least.

Helen & Paul

Helen & Paul hopped over from the pond (UK) with their two boys to elope in Central Park. The boys all wore matching suits, and the bride looked spectacular. Her spring flowers matched the perfect spring weather for their amazing vow renewal event.

Sarah & Kenan

Traveling all the way from Australia, this whole family (cousins and all) gathered to witness the vow renewal between Sarah & Kenan. This darling ceremony was full of tears and beautiful love. It was evident to see how much these two love each other to anyone who witnessed. They want all out on their package – officiant, photographer, flowers, and hair & makeup. Indeed a beautiful vow renewal ceremony.

Lazar & Jacqueline

What better wedding gift than to have your husband wake up on Christmas morning and tell you that he would like to renew vows with you in your favorite city? He proposed the idea on Christmas, and they solidified their plans together for their 11th anniversary in the spring. With their youngest to witness, surrounded by newly bloomed tulips on a cloudy spring day, these two had a stunning vow renewal ceremony.

If you’re interested in renewing your vows, let us know, and we can get the planning process started!

Written by Janessa White

Janessa White is the co-founder of Simply Eloped and has helped thousands of couples plan elopements. As an expert in the field, she has been featured on Martha Stewart, Brides.com, Vox, and HuffPost. Janessa thinks elopements are the ultimate way to tie the knot.