A reaffirmation is also known as a vow renewal ceremony. It is a special occasion many couples plan, at which they reaffirm the vows made at their original ceremony in the presence of people who are special to them. If you and your spouse are planning a reaffirmation ceremony, it's important to word the invitations in a way that expresses the event's level of formality, while providing your guests with all the necessary details.
Items you will need
- Invitation paper
- Calligraphy pen or printer
Begin the invitation with wording that describes the love you and your spouse have for each other, and the life you've built together. This is an optional step, but helps to customize the invitations. Unlike the invitations from your first wedding, these words can be a short description of the things you've learned during marriage. Something like "We've learned to work together, laugh together and love together. And we'd do it all over again" is a touching intro that may hold sentimental value for the loved ones who have witnessed you and your spouse grow together.
Continue the invitation in much the same way you would a wedding invitation, except you don't have to include the names of your parents or those of your spouse. For instance, if your reaffirmation ceremony will be intimate and casual you can use an introduction such as "(husband's first name) and (wife's first name) invite you to a vow renewal ceremony to celebrate their (number of anniversary)." For a more formal invitation, you can begin with something like "The honor of your presence is requested at the vow reaffirmation ceremony for Mr. and Mrs. (husband's first name) (couple's last name)."
State the day of the week, date and month when the reaffirmation will take place immediately after stating your name and your spouse's name. If the ceremony is on the 15th of May, the invitation should read "Sunday, the fifteenth of May."
Write or type the year directly under the date. For example, 2011 would be written as "two thousand and eleven."
Add the time of the vow renewal, written out completely. Write or type the ceremony location on the line directly underneath the time. For example, the time could read "at two o'clock in the afternoon" and the ceremony site could read "First Presbyterian Church."
Write or type the city and state where the reaffirmation will be held on the line under the location. Spell the words out completely, for example "Chicago, Illinois."
Add a quote or saying at the end of the invite, if you'd like. Pick one that you and your spouse feel accurately describes your relationship. Something concise like "Our love is forever," or "I rededicate my life to you" is fitting. If the reaffirmation will be upbeat or casual, a short phrase that shares your excitement with your guests is suitable as well, such as "We can't wait to celebrate with you!" or "Thank you for loving us all these years."
Tips & Warnings
- Many couples plan their reaffirmation ceremony to take place on the anniversary of their original wedding.
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