Response: Hi Gail, Congratulations on your desire to renew your vows. You do not have to do it on your anniversary. You might do it on a day close to your anniversary or at a family reunion or other event. The primary thing is to let family and friends know that you plan to do it and how much it would mean to you to have them attend.
Because you are already legally married, a vow renewal is symbolic, not legal. You dont need a license of any kind and you dont need to have a minister or judge perform the ceremony - anyone can perform it.
What you do will depend on your budget and your personalities. I have had couples who had a formal event with dinner and dancing to follow and I have had others who simply stood up at a family picnic and had a relative perform the ceremony. Do what appeals to you and to your budget.
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