Ceremony Examples: 

Traditional 
​Ceremony  

Civil
Ceremony
(No mention
of God or Religion))   
 
Simple
​Ceremony (Perfect for
Beach Weddings)

Modern
​Ceremony (perfect for adding a
Unity or Sand Ceremony)

Vow Renewal Ceremony
​Celebrate your marriage by reaffirming your vows

Vow Renewal Ceremony
​This ceremony is designed to celebrate and reaffirm your vows.
​It can be fully customized for your special event.
​Please do not copy> All Rights Reserved by Bergeron Ministry/Weddings by Gary    Jan 2017



​Welcome Statement

​Rev. Gary: Sue and Joe, it my pleasure to share this special occasion with you. Many believe that
marriage is the last big milestone in a relationship. But, the wedding day isn't intended to be the
final step at all. Really (as I'm sure you've learned by now) your wedding was just the beginning.
Despite plenty of challenges, you've made it far enough that we are now blessed today with the
opportunity to renew the vows you made before the Universe all those years ago.
Marriage is, truly, a magical gift. As Mark Twain noted, "Marriage makes of two fractional lives a
whole, and it gives to two purposeless lives a work it gives to two questioning natures a reason
for living, and something to live for; it will give a new gladness to the sunshine, a new fragrance to
the flowers, a new beauty to the earth, a new mystery to life."

At this time, we thank family and friends for joining us to celebrate this vow renewal. If you were
fortunate enough to attend the ceremony all those years ago during which Sue and Joe initially
entered into marriage, how fortunate you are to have been able to witness the love and mutual
respect these two have cultivated. Today, we are honored to witness Sue and Joe recommit
themselves to one another as a symbolic commemoration of their continued devotion.

Wedding Sermon

​Rev. Gary: When you were married, you likely received advice about building a relationship that
would withstand the test of time. Take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate that, by virtue of
your standing here before me today, that you have passed this test with flying colors.

The road continues, however. You must continue to cherish one another, and you must continue to,
upon the foundations of the last few years, actively build an even stronger relationship. All the
lessons you've learned in that time, lessons of love, forgiveness, and trust, you must continue to
cultivate.

As you face the challenges of the years to come, remember the things you did that brought you
each to this place. Always be there to provide the support, encouragement, and refuge that you
partner needs. Be present in your love and devoted to your mutual commitment.
This vow renewal ceremony provides you with the opportunity to, in front of your loved ones,
strengthen those sacred bonds, and reaffirm the promises made in your hearts on your wedding
day.

Consecreation

​Rev. Gary: As we celebrate these renewed bonds of unity it is important to keep in mind that, while
this is certainly an occasion of tremendous joy, the promises we witness being made again here
today are just as serious and life-altering now as they were the first time around.
Love, it has been noted, is the reason we live. As Carl Sagan wisely deduced, "The world is so
exquisite with so much love and moral depth. We should remain grateful every day for the brief but
magnificent opportunity that life provides. The sum of all our evolution, our thinking and our
accomplishments is love."
It is with simultaneous feelings of elation and expressions of respect that we proceed.

Exchange of Vows

​Rev. Gary: Sue and Joe, at this time I would invite you to share the vows renewing your
commitment with one another.
Sue, would you like to begin?

​Sue: Marriage is a fragile thing, and one that has lasted as long as ours is a precious rarity, to be
held carefully and cherished forever. I chose you before, and today I choose you again. Not because
I should, not because it is expected, but because my love for you is even deeper and richer than it
was the day I married you. I choose you again gladly without reservation. I hereby reaffirm my vows
to love you, to comfort you, to honor you, and to keep you.

​Rev. Gary: Joe, your turn.
​Joe: Marriage is a fragile thing, and one that has lasted as long as ours is a precious rarity, to be
held carefully and cherished forever. I chose you before, and today I choose you again. Not because
I should, not because it is expected, but because my love for you is even deeper and richer than it
was the day I married you. I choose you again gladly without reservation. I hereby reaffirm my vows
to love you, to comfort you, to honor you, and to keep you.

​Declaration of Intent

​Rev. Gary: Sue and Joe please join hands.
Sue, will you continue to have Joe as your husband, and recommit to hold him close and cherish
your relationship together?
​Sue: I do.

Joe, will you continue to have Sue as your wife, and recommit to hold her close and cherish your
relationship together?
​Joe: I do.

​Rev. Gary: Sue please repeat after me.
I Sue, take you, Joe by the hand, and reaffirm my love for you. I will
love, cherish, and honor you in all the experiences that we have in life. This love will continue
through sickness and health, riches and poverty, for better or worse, so long as we both shall live.

​Rev. Gary: Joe, please repeat after me.
I Joe, take you, Sue by the hand, and reaffirm my love for you. I will
love, cherish, and honor you in all the experiences that we have in life. This love will continue
through sickness and health, riches and poverty, for better or worse, so long as we both shall live.

Exchange of the Rings

​Rev. Gary: You exchanged rings on your wedding day as a symbol of your love and commitment to
each other. This never-ending circle of love has continued through the years, and your rings have
served as a daily reminder of that special promise. Now, we will reaffirm your wearing these rings
as a continuing representation of your shared union.

​Rev. Gary:  ​Sue, please repeat after me:
I, Sue, wear this ring as a symbol of the love that we share together. May it always rest on my
hand, and may you always rest in my heart.

​Rev. Gary: ​Joe please repeat after me:
I, Joe, wear this ring as a symbol of the love that we share together. May it always rest on my hand,
and may you always rest in my heart.

Pronouncement

​Rev. Gary: I hereby pronounce Sue and Joe as still being happily married! Your vows renewed, may
your marriage move forward and become stronger than you ever imagined.

Kiss

​Rev. Gary: Joe, at this time I would invite you to please seal the renewal of your vows with a kiss!

Presentation

​Rev. Gary: Ladies and gentlemen, I'm delighted to present to you Mr. and Mrs. Sue and Joe
Smith , committed again to one another before God and their guests. From this day forth, may their joys be
plenty and their worries few as their love continues to grow.