It has been estimated that over 25% of couples in the UK now choose to be married abroad and many of these couples then choose to hold a party on their return home. A renewal of vows ceremony will allow couples to hold a ceremony for friends and family who were unable to be present at the original marriage ceremony abroad. This ceremony can be held at the start of the evening, as a prelude to the festivities, allowing everyone to participate fully in the celebrations. Alternately many couples may choose to renew their vows as part of an anniversary celebration or following the birth of a child.
Couples can choose to exchange their original marriage vows or they can update their vows to take account of the events which have occurred since their wedding. Couples may also make promises to each other prior to exchanging their vows and the can rededicate their wedding rings or exchange gifts as part of the ceremony. Family or friends can also contribute to the ceremony be offering an account of the marriage or reading passages or poems which have significance to the couple.
Renewal of Vows Ceremonies may be held at location or venue within Dundee Registration District, so long as the primary purpose of the venue is not religious (e.g. a church).