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Celebrities Renewing Their Wedding Vows, but Is It a Trend?

'Til Death Do Us Part? Why Couples Renew Their Vows

Does "'til death do us part" have an expiration date? The whole lifetime commitment concept suggests that wedding vows don't need renewing; after all, a marriage certificate isn't like a library book. But if you're using celebrities as a barometer, you'd think everyone was doing it these days.

Heidi Klum and Seal will hold their annual wedding vow renewal this weekend, while Tori Spelling and and Dean McDermott plan to renew theirs on Saturday. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon refreshed their marriage last weekend with a glitzy ceremony. Not surprisingly, the real housewives are also jumping on the trend: The Real Housewives of NYC's Ramona Singer is doing it, as did the OC's Vicki.

So do real housewives and husbands do this, and why? For a look at the trend,


In an interview with Redbook, Heidi Klum explains that the tradition is a way for the couple to express their love: "It's so special to us, something we love and something our children have gotten accustomed to. It's like, 'Hey, Mom and Dad love each other and they get married every year!'" Cute, I must admit, but her husband Seal confirms what I suspect is another reason for vow renewal: "it's a great party."


Annual vow renewals seem rare in the noncelebrity world, but there are rules about how often you can do it. The Knot suggests renewing your vows on major anniversaries or right after your wedding if you've eloped, but says couples shouldn't renew too soon or too often.

Other couples might renew their vows if they got married in a civil ceremony and want a religious commitment, or if they couldn't afford a wedding before and want to celebrate with friends and family. One reason not to renew your vows, according to because you miss wedding planning and want an excuse to have a party.

The Knot also suggests getting dressed up in your original wedding dress — hey, who says you'll never wear it again? But I Do Take Two warns that it's tacky to register for gifts. So what do you think of the concept of renewing your wedding vows: tacky or tasteful?

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cotedazur cotedazur 7 years
It's DEFINITELY tacky to ask for gifts or have a registry. Otherwise, do whatever you have to do to make your marriage work.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
It can be tacky if you're doing it every year or just a few years after you got married. I can understand when you've been married for 15 years or more. Otherwise, aren't there more important things you can spend your money on?
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I'm catholic, and we aren't getting married in the catholic church right away (he has to go thru an annulment process that can take forever) so we are going to have our vows read in the catholic church, most likely for an anniversary, then take our family out for dinner.. That's probably the only time we'll do that... But I think it's cute... if it throws a little extra romance into the relationship, why not?
juicebox07 juicebox07 7 years
I think it's okay if a married couple separates, gets back together, and they want to renew their vowels. Other than that, I think it's unnecessary. It's not something I would want to do. I don't feel the need in repeating a process.
wiggle wiggle 7 years
Just seems like a publicity stunt to me. It just seems weird. Maybe because I have never been into weddings and kept mine as small and as informal as I could.
lawchick lawchick 7 years
I don't object to it at all (and don't assume it means the couple was having problems) - but it's kind of weird when people wear a long white traditional gown more than once to "marry" the same guy!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I think it certainly helps to bring back the romance. Nothing wrong with throwing a few more logs on the fire.
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 7 years
"A vow renewal just makes everyone wonder if you were separated!" I definitely disagree with that statement. I do think Heidi and Seal doing it EVERY year is a little ridiculous, but otherwise I think it's sweet. My parents did it on their 20th anniversary. I do think however, wearing an actual wedding dress for it is a little tacky.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I kind of like the idea, but not as a huge event or party. Why not just keep it personal?
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Ridiculous --- Sorry, but you can have a party for a holiday, for a birthday, or just because! A vow renewal just makes everyone wonder if you were separated!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Meh, I think for SOME brides it becomes a "look at me! look at me!" thing... no one needs to see you prance around in your dress year after year. And guests will likely feel compelled to give a gift --- which really isn't fair. I've been married for five years and don't see us doing this anytime soon -- maybe for our 10th or 25th? but every year, IMO, is overkill.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
my grandparents do it at every major anniversary it's a running joke in our family...they've "gotten married" like 6 times since i've been alive i think it's cute though..unless you're like Jon and Kate and you do it then you break up a year later
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