Do you ever browse through Pinterest and give a little sigh, thinking about how far weddings have come since you tied the knot? These couples took the plunge a second time, after they became parents, recently renewing their wedding vows.
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Aimee & Nate

Vow renewals- Aimee & Nate
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Married For^10 years when they renewed their vows

Vow renewal^Celebrated in March 2014 in Todos Santos, Baja

Aimee and Nate, who chose to commemorate their 10-year wedding anniversary by renewing their vows, were thrilled to have their 7-year-old son present for the ceremony. Aimee shares, "He read a beautiful letter that he wrote for the occasion and we gave him his own special ring."

Aliah & Brian

Vow renewals- Aliah & Brian
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Married For^10 years when they renewed their vows

Vow renewal^Celebrated in February 2012 on Oahu in Hawaii

A far cry from their traditional church wedding in New Jersey, 10 years prior, Aliah and Brian renewed their vows with sand between their toes and their two sons by their sides, on the beaches of Hawaii. "The boys were able to read part of the vows," Aliah shares. "It really made it touching and personal, not only as a wedding renewal, but as a loving affirmation of us as a family."

Danielle & George

Vow renewals- Danielle & George
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Married For^5 years (to the day!) when they renewed their vows

Vow renewal^Celebrated in June 2012 in their backyard

"At the time we married, we committed to renewing our vows every five years," Danielle shares. "Just in living together for five years and actually doing life together, along with raising kids, makes you consider the weight of 'in sickness and in health... till death do us part.' If we are to take those words seriously, it feels important to renew them with every dramatic shift in our day-to-day realities of life that challenge our resolve."

Jen & Josh

Vow renewals- Jen & Josh
Photo credit: Jen and Josh

Married For^10 years when they renewed their vows

Vow renewal^Celebrated in April 2014 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Having, literally, just returned from renewing their vows, Jen and Josh are still feeling the rush of celebrating 10 years of marriage. In a celebration that was all about life, love and family togetherness, their two daughters witnessed the renewal and their 7-year-old even said a few words during the ceremony. Jen shares, "She said how thankful she was that we are her parents and told us how much she loves us."

Kathryn & Amy

Vow renewals- Kathryn & Amy
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Married For^15 years when they renewed their vows

Vow renewal^Celebrated at their legal marriage ceremony at the Superior Court in Washington, D.C.

More than a vow renewal, Kathryn and Amy, had the opportunity to renew their vows — and to celebrate — when they could legally marry as a same-sex couple thanks to the Supreme Court finding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Kathryn, who happens to be president of GayWeddings.com, shares, "Our son served as our best man and we invited the children of many of our friends to help us celebrate. Each child stood around us during the ceremony, holding a large sunflower."

Patty & Bryan

Vow renewals- Patty & Bryan
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Married For^10 years when they renewed their vows

Vow renewal^Celebrated in Las Vegas at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

Don't let the Elvis impersonator fool you. When Patty and Bryan chose to renew their vows, with their 18-month-old son present and another baby on the way, it was hardly just for show. "I loved renewing our vows," Patty shares. "It is much more meaningful to say those words to each other when it comes with the knowledge of what marriage really means."

Rebecca & Jason

Vow renewals- Rebecca & Jason
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Married For^One year, to the day, when they renewed their vows... for the first time

Vow renewal^Celebrated in April 2009 in St. Pete Beach, Florida

For Rebecca and Jason, it was important to have their children born before they were married (she shares that they were both born out of wedlock), but after deciding to start a family, they chose to get married quickly, just 10 days before their first pregnancy test showed a plus sign for positive. Nobody was any the wiser when they renewed their vows a year later on the beach. "No one except the Reverend knew that we were actually already married," Rebecca confesses. But, this couple's vow renewal story continues when they renewed their vows a second time after being married three years, having their marriage convalidated by a priest (Rebecca had just finished her conversion to Catholicism the week before), after which, they restated their vows again in a ceremony after the mass.

Sharon & Robert

Vow renewals- Sharon & Robert
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Married For^10 years when they renewed their vows

Vow renewal^Celebrated in October 2009 in Brazil

This couple, who have been married for 15 years now, happened to be living abroad when their 10-year anniversary arrived. Wanting to celebrate their marriage — particularly the fact that they beat the odds of staying together as parents who have children with autism — they put together an impromptu "makeshift" wedding on the beach with other expat families. "I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my life," Sharon said, who is the author of The Don't Freak Out Guide to Parenting Kids with Asperger's, and with vows such as, "I vow not to leave wet towels on the floor," we don't blame her.

Teri & Mickey

Vow renewals- Sharon & Robert
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Married For^10 years when they renewed their vows

Vow renewal^Celebrated in November 2013 at the Westin Resort and Spa in Maui

Having originally married in Las Vegas, Teri and Mickey decided that Hawaii would be a more family-friendly place to renew their wedding vows for their 10-year anniversary, especially considering that their family had grown by two since they were married in 2003 with Mickey's daughter by their side. Teri tells us, "All three of our children participated. Our daughter, who was almost exactly the same age that my step-daughter was when we married, acted as our flower girl and our son held onto our rings for us." We loved what Teri had to say about some of their reasons for choosing to renew their vows: "How cool to be able to watch your parents get married and demonstrate their love and commitment in front of others."

Tips from the experts

The wedding planning experts at Wedding Spot shared some of their best tips for creating a vow renewal ceremony, especially one that is kid-friendly:

  • Start with a location: Many families use an already-planned upcoming vacation as a chance to renew their vows and when you think about it, it really is the perfect time — it's likely that you're going somewhere warm, where you can exchange your vows with sand between your toes, and at the least, you have your kids with you, if not some of your extended family too. Wedding Spot suggests considering other non-traditional family-friendly venues as well, "Perhaps your kids would love running around an organic farm or maybe a children's museum fits the bill."
  • Involve your kids in the planning: Now that you're a family, your vow renewal is likely bigger than just the marriage vows between you and your spouse, so planning and prepping for this wedding should be a family affair. Let them take the lead about the role they'd like to play in the actual ceremony. "Children will love to be included and hold an important position during the occasion, just as they do in day-to-day life."
  • Add memorable moments: No matter how old your children are for your vow renewal, you want them to remember their parents recommitting to their marriage. Wedding Spot has some fun, kid-centric ideas to incorporate into your ceremony, such as reverse unity candles or balloon releases. Considering a vow renewal is often a more casual affair, adding some fun, light-hearted moments to the celebration will keep your kids engaged and excited.

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