The 5 Best Places to Renew Your Wedding Vows, According to Your Style

From traditional to out-of-the-box vow renewal venues, this list has you covered.
Jessica Estrada - The Knot Contributor.
by Jessica Estrada
Jessica Estrada - The Knot Contributor.
Jessica Estrada
The Knot Contributor
  • Jessica contributes wedding planning, wedding etiquette and relationship content to The Knot.
  • She also covers lifestyle and wellness topics for print and digital publications such Refinery29, Bustle, Well + Good, Cosmopolitan, Byrdie, The Zoe Report, The Cut and more.
  • Jessica has a journalism degree from Cal State University, Northridge and is certified as a life and success coach.
Updated Nov 15, 2021

A vow renewal is a special celebration that honors a couple's commitment to one another. Traditionally, vow renewals are held on milestone anniversaries like 10 or 25 years. But today's couples are opting to redo their wedding vows whenever their hearts desire, and we're here for it.

Choosing the best place to renew vows is one of the biggest decisions to make in the planning process. It's important that you think it through and select the perfect vow renewal venue to fit your style, budget and vision. To help with that, we've outlined some tips to help you choose the right vow renewal venue, plus five of the best places to renew your vows.

How to Choose the Right Vow Renewal Venue

Like weddings, vow renewals can range from intimate elopement-style affairs with just the two of you and your closest friends and loved ones all the way to lavish celebrations complete with a full ceremony and reception.

Before saying yes to a vow renewal venue, there are a few important points to consider to help guide your search and ensure you find the perfect match. Consider this your vow renewal venue to-do list.

Get Clear on the Vibe

Before you even start looking at specific vow renewal venues, carve out some time to sit down with your spouse and get clear on what type of vibe you both desire for your vow renewal. Do you want to hop on a plane and go somewhere tropical just the two of you? Do you want to plan a getaway with close friends and family? Or, do you want to go all out with a ceremony and reception?

There's no right or wrong choice here, but deciding on the overall style and size of your vow renewal will help you create your budget and narrow down your search for the perfect venue.

Choose a Special Location

When it comes to choosing the best place to renew your vows, going with a spot that holds some sentimental value for you and your partner is always a good idea, as it makes the wedding vows that much more meaningful. Maybe it's the city you met in, a bucket-list destination you've always dreamed of traveling to together, or the place you had your very first date. Think back on your love story from the beginning and pinpoint specific places that are meaningful to you.

Think Outside of the Box

Some couples may prefer a traditional vow renewal, which can be wonderful. But couples who like to color outside of the lines can use this as an opportunity to get creative and do something wild and unique for their vow renewal.

To help you brainstorm ideas, think of hobbies or activities you both enjoy. For instance, if you love scuba diving, you can renew your vows underwater while hanging out with sea lions and sea turtles. If you love to see the world from above, you can say your wedding vows in a hot-air balloon. Or, you can have a fun-themed vow renewal in Las Vegas. The possibilities are endless.

The 5 Best Places to Renew Your Vows

Now, onto the fun part. To help get your ideas flowing, here are five of the best places to renew your vows. Whatever option you choose, it's bound to be a memorable ceremony.

1. Your Backyard

Although it may seem super simple, there is something truly special about saying your "I do"s again in the place you call home. The beauty of using your backyard is that not only will you save money on booking a venue, but you'll also have the creative freedom to plan your dream vow renewal—big or small, formal or casual, it'll be exactly what you envision.

2. The Beach

Beaches are hands down one of the most romantic places to host a vow renewal. The sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Bali, the Caribbean, Hawaii or the Maldives would make the most incredible backdrops. Or, if you live near a coast, it can be the beach that you and your spouse frequent the most.

3. In Nature

Nature-loving couples will delight in having their vow renewal someplace where they can immerse themselves in Mother Earth. National parks like Yosemite and Joshua Tree make some of the best places to renew your vows, and you can expect some truly spectacular photographs of the special day. Note that many national parks require permits, so be sure to do your research ahead of time.

4. A Hotel

Hotels can be a simple, streamlined option for renewing your vows. If you want to keep the celebration local, look for a boutique hotel in your area.

Or, you can make it a destination vow renewal and book a luxury hotel or beach resort where you can say "I do" just the two of you. This is a good option for couples who crave a fuss-free vow renewal, as many hotels around the globe offer vow renewal packages that include everything you need for a memorable celebration, from the officiant and wedding cake to breakfast in bed and couples massages.

5. Somewhere Sentimental

What better way to revisit the magic of your wedding day than by hosting your vow renewal at the venue where you got married or the place where you honeymooned? Your wedding venue or the city where you spent your honeymoon are already special places that are infused with your love story. Saying your wedding vows there again, whether it's five years or a few decades later, will feel like a full-circle moment.

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