Is it Time to Renew Your Wedding Vows?

Sure, you say - some time has passed since that magical wedding day, and your wedding ring has undergone a few cleanings. Is it time to renew your vows?

There is good news and bad news for couples looking to renew their vows in the Napa and Sonoma regions of northern California. The good news? There are tons of inspirational sites in the area, and one of them is bound to be perfect for you. The bad news? Planning a vow renewal ceremony requires most of the same planning and coordination as a wedding. But there is more good news - we can help make your vow renewal ceremony EXTRAORDINARY.

Before we get started, it is helpful to ask yourself a few questions.

1. Why?

Perhaps you have recently overcome a severe life crisis, or you just have a special time, and you want to celebrate your love.

2. Who?

The second hardest question you must answer is who you will invite to celebrate with you. Friendships can come and go, and it's not likely you will want to invite everyone from your wedding. Vow renewals are often a smaller, more intimate event than weddings, but nothing is stopping you from throwing a massive bash if that's what you envision.

3. Who Will Officiate?

Since a vow renewal is not a legal ceremony, almost anyone can officiate. I have seen couples with grown children tap one of their kids for the big role. Perhaps you have a close friend who may have played in role in your relationship.

4. Will There Be a Reception?

There are two valid answers to this question: Yes and No. Maybe your first wedding reception wasn't up to snuff, or perhaps you simply didn't have the budget to throw the shindig you really craved. A reception may be the perfect way to make amends, or maybe you just consider it a way to get your friends and family off their feet for a tune or three.

Lura Albee