Renewal of vows

What is a renewal of vows ceremony?

A renewal of vows ceremony is for couples who are already married or in a civil partnership together.

Some couples will use a renewal of vows ceremony to celebrate their time together and reaffirm their commitment to each other.

It can also be a good option for those who have married recently but were not able to invite everybody, perhaps abroad.

What happens at a renewal of vows ceremony

The ceremony itself can look very similar to a wedding with an exchange of promises and rings and a commemorative certificate to mark the occasion.

It is important that your guests understand that you are already legally married and so it is likely that your Registrar will acknowledge this during the ceremony.

Legal status

Unlike a marriage or civil partnership, this alternative ceremony has no legal status.


You can decide on the most appropriate venue for your ceremony.

This may be a register office, your home or garden, a hotel, a village hall, or another suitable non-religious setting.


There is a non-refundable booking fee for ceremonies in Hampshire. This reserves the date and time you have requested for your ceremony.

You are required to pay in full three calendar months prior to the ceremony.


Book a vow renewal ceremony

To book your ceremony please complete the booking enquiry form and one of the Ceremonies Liaison Team will be in contact to talk to you through your booking.

Make an online booking enquiry