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Renew your vows

Renew your vows

So you are thinking about renewing your vows. Below are some of the answers to the questions we have been asked.

This ceremony is for any married couples that wish to renew their wedding vows. Renewing your vows can be carried out at any stage of your married life. Often ceremonies are associated with special wedding anniversaries, such as the twenty fifth year or fifteen years.

Please note that these ceremonies have no legal effect, and are not legally binding on those who participate.

  • Can I only renew my wedding vows in a church?
    No, you can renew your vows in a registry office or one of the many approved building that permit you to hold your wedding. Unfortunately, only a small number of registry offices carry out renewal ceremony. Click here for a list
  • What does the ceremony contain?
    This is only a guide. The ceremony can contain: and Introduction and welcome,Acknowledgement of any children of the marriage, reading, renewal of vows, rededication of rings, giving of new rings or gifts, words from previous wedding guest(father of the bride, best man), further reading or poem, signing of the certificate, witnesses and closing words.
  • How much does it cost?
    Unfortunately the cost varies from local authority to local authority. For example, Bristol do not offer a renewal of vows at the registry office. You are required to book a venue, then the registrar will travel to the venue and perform the ceremony. In this instance, you will need to consider the cost of the venue plus the registrar's fee. If you live in London, Barnet may be the place to go, as their fee is fixed. At the time this site was published(Jan 2002), it was £150 including VAT. This cost included going to a venue or having the ceremony in the registry office.
  • What if I don't live in the borough where they offer wedding vow renewals?
    Most borough's are happy to accept people from other area at no extra charge. You must keep in mind that a registrar may not travel to the other end of a city for you, so you may have to bring your big day to them or a least closer to them.
  • Are there any documents I need to bring?
    You will need to bring your marriage licence, to prove you are married.
  • Do I get some type of document like a marriage licence?
    You will be given a commemorative certificate. This is signed during the ceremony by the couple and two witnesses
  • How long will the ceremony last?
    The ceremony can last between 15 and 30 minutes. This all depends on what readings and poems you have at the ceremony.


Blessings are performed by your local vicar. Their cost vary from city to city.

List of Registry offices the carry out Renewal of Vows

Local Authority Contact Details
BARNET Tel: 010 8731 1100
BATH & NORTH EAST SOMERSET Tel: 01225 312032
BOURNEMOUTH Tel: 01202 310672
BRENT Tel: 020 8937 1010
BRISTOL Tel: 0117 903 8872.
BROMLEY Tel: 020 8313 4666
Fax: 020 8313 4699
CHESHIRE Tel: 01244 603761


West Essex
Tel: 01992 572789
Mid Essex
Tel: 01245 430700
South & South East Essex
Tel: 01277 233565
North & North East Essex
Tel: 01206 572926
HAVERING Tel:01708 433498
HERTFORDSHIRE Tel: 01707-283920
HILLINGDON Tel:01895 250418

Tel: 0870 905 6619
Fax:01622 221013
KINGSTON Tel: 07771 790423

KINGSTON-UPON-HULL Tel: 01482 615400


Tel: 020 7926 9429

LINCOLNSHIRE Tel: 01205 3100ext. 2510
LIVERPOOL Tel: 07761 397794
NEWCASTLE Tel:0191 232 8520
NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE Tel: 01724 843915
Fax: 01724 872668
Tel: 01423 506949
Tel: 01609 780780 ex 2601
Tel: 01653 692285
Tel: 01748 823008
Tel: 01723 360309
Tel: 01757 706590
Tel: 01947 602731
Tel: 01756 793005
Tel: 01609 780780 ex 2601
Tel: 01729 823624
PETERBOROUGH Tel: 01733 566303
RICHMOND-UPON-THAMES Tel: 020 8940 2853
ROTHERHAM Tel: 01709 823542
SOMERSET Tel: 01935 411230
SUNDERLAND Tel: 0191 553 1760  or  0191 553 1761
SURREY Guildford
Tel: 01483 562841
Tel: 01372 373668
Tel: 01932 254360
SUTTON Tel:020 8770 6790
SWINDON Tel: 01793 512511
TELFORD & WREKIN Tel: 01952 248292
WALTHAM FOREST Tel: 020 8520 4366
WILTSHIRE Tel: 01225 713047

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