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From: Tooman
Response: Hello Sarah, Because a vow renewal ceremony is symbolic and not legal, you can do anything you want as long as you do it tastefully. The ceremony can be performed by anyone - a friend, pastor, father, etc. The focus of the vows is on continuing to love and cherish one another, not on a first time commitment like a wedding.

Since this is not a wedding, you would not have bridesmaids and groomsmen, though you can have witnesses stand with you. Your father can walk you in but the question 'Who gives this woman...' is omitted since you are not being given in marriage. At the reception you can have toasts and cut a cake, but you would not toss a bouquet or garter.

I have had clients who stood up at a family picnic and renewed their vows. Others want a more formal event. It is up to you and your budget what you do.

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