Posted: Nov 17, 2012 8:27 AM
 
Remember the joy you felt the day you said, “I do”? When life takes you from holding your bridal bouquet to holding your children on your hip, it’s easy to let all the day-to-day stuff fog the feelings you had at the altar. Renewing your wedding vows is one way to get back to that wedded bliss.

Whether one year, five or even 15 years have passed since you tied the knot, you can always renew your commitment to each other. If you're considering a vow renewal, keep reading to get ready to walk down that aisle... again!

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If it's been forever since you've thought about wedding bells, it's time to get inspired. Grab your husband and go to a bridal show. Hold hands, sample cakes, sip champagne and channel the excitement you had when you were first engaged. It's not only the perfect place to find your muse, the atmosphere is also incredibly romantic.

If you had a big wedding the first time around, consider treating your vow renewal like an elopement. It doesn’t get more romantic than packing your bags, leaving your cares (and your children) behind and escaping for a few days — just the two of you. If you're a bride on a budget, find a nearby resort you've always wanted to try and check in for the weekend. Arrange for an intimate ceremony at a garden or beach at sunset, followed by a romantic dinner for two. Better yet, kick-start your second honeymoon with an over-the-top breakfast in bed.

The most important detail is taking the time to acknowledge and celebrate all of the reasons you loved each other enough to get married in the first place!

Or you could opt to have your children share in your big day. They can walk you down the aisle, you can make them your best man or bridesmaid, they can even stand with you and your husband as you recite your vows. Since a renewal isn't legally binding like a wedding ceremony is, you can even choose to have older children preside over your vows.

Of course, there's always the option to go big. Whether you eloped or tied your first wedding together on a shoestring budget, a vow renewal is the perfect reason to splurge. Peruse bridal blogs, flip through wedding magazines and plot out all of the finishing touches that will make your day special. If you're not the creative type, hire a planner. A wedding planner not only helps you carry out your vision, she can also negotiate discounts on venues, rentals and florals. The money you save there can go straight to a fabulous dress!

Whether you go big, make it a family affair or grab your husband and go, the most important detail is taking the time to acknowledge and celebrate all of the reasons you loved each other enough to get married in the first place!

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