Renew Your Vows

c1 “Greg and I are so happy that you renewed our vows Saturday evening! Thank you for your incredible thoughtfulness, and for the time you took to personalize the message for us. It was wonderful to stand in a place of meaning for us and tune out the rest of the world for that time. We both felt touched by the words spoken to us, and to each other. Then, when pronounced AGAIN as man and wife, the room erupted in applause. Small a group as it was, that made it fun, too.”

—Cynthia & Greg, Ritz-Carlton, Chicago

Why renew your vows?

  • To tell your spouse you would do it all over again.
  • To remind each of you of the importance of your wedding vows.
  • To share with your children (and grandchildren).
  • To have the kind of ceremony you could not do the first time.
  • To celebrate your anniversary! Less than half of all first marriages make it to 25 years. Check out this fascinating article (with chart) in the New York Times.

When should you renew your vows?

  • Typically, on a “big” anniversary — 10 years, 20 years, 26 years, 30 years, 40 years, 50 years.
  • Anytime!

What typically happens at a renewal of vows?

  • Always, you share your vows with one another.
  • You can have a ceremony similar to a wedding ceremony. But you don’t have to.
  • You can include your children (and grandchildren) in the ceremony. But you don’t have to.
  • Rev. Phil will share what you two love about each other – keeping it a secret until the ceremony!

How many people should you invite?

  • You can have a big ceremony and “reception” with lots of family and friends.
  • A smaller gathering with just a few family members and/or friends — followed by a meal together.
  • Or you can have it be just the two of you — done at the hotel or resort where you are celebrating for the weekend. You can even make it a surprise!

Next step – meet Rev. Phil for a complimentary one hour consultation. Fill out the form on this page.

The Next Step



Let’s meet! Rev. Phil will text and email you to set up a complimentary one hour consultation at a Panera Bread.

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