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Reasons You Might Want a Vow Renewal

  • You want to celebrate your 5-year, 10-year, 25-year etc. wedding anniversary
  • Your first wedding had some element of disaster, and you want a do-over
  • You didn’t have much money for your first wedding, and you want a more elaborate wedding
  • You got married with only a few people present, and you’d like to say wedding vows in front of lots of family and friends
  • You’ve had some rocky times in your relationship, and would now like to reaffirm your commitment to one another
  • You think it would be romantic
  • For many it is just a personal statement of their love for each other!

How to renew your wedding vows

First Steps

Just as with any wedding planning, you should begin by figuring out what style of ceremony/reception you’d like, deciding a budget, picking a date and finding a venue. Some couples who are older will have much more money than when they wed the first time; others whose parents helped the first time will have far less. The good news is that vow renewals are generally cheaper than first weddings, and with less rules on what “should” be done, you can really concentrate on the elements that are important to you.

How Elaborate Should a Vow Renewal Be?

The answer to this question lies in your own reason for wanting a vow renewal ceremony. Many people choose to renew their vows because they were so caught up in the planning and the partying of their first wedding, they felt the focus of the day was taken off of the ceremony. Therefore, most vow renewals tend to be intimate celebrations, with only close family and friends present, and a lunch afterwards at a nice restaurant. Others who didn’t have much money for their first wedding have very lavish ceremonies and parties afterwards.

Even if you want a big and expensive celebration, there are still a few things you should avoid:

  • Don’t have attendants. If you have children, you can give them a special role in the ceremony, but there is no need to designate them as bridesmaids or groomsmen. You may wish to invite your original bridal party and recognize them during the ceremony.
  • Don’t register for gifts. This is not the time to upgrade the china. Wedding gifts are to help a newly-married couple set up their household together.
  • Don’t throw bachelor or bachelorette parties. This is an obvious one – you aren’t bachelors or bachelorettes!


Who Should Lead the Vow Renewal?

Since presumably you have already done the legal marriage, this ceremony will not be legally binding. Therefore, you can ask a judge or clergy member to officiate, but you can also ask a friend or an adult child to lead the ceremony. For a simple vow renewal, you don’t necessarily need an officiant at all. Perhaps consider a professional MC who will ensure a well organised day but also allowing the event to be fun!.

Vow Renewal Invitation Wording

If you are hosting it yourself:

The honor of your presence
is requested at
the reaffirmation of the wedding vows of
Patricia and Richard Jones
Saturday, March 25 etc.


Please join us
as we renew our wedding vows and celebrate 20 years together
Patricia and Richard Jones
Saturday, March 25 etc.

Wedding Vows at a Vow Renewal Ceremony

You’ll probably want to say something a little different than first-time brides and grooms would. Many people write their own vows, but you might need some inspiration to get you started. E.g:-

”(spouse’s name), 25 years ago, I pledged my love and commitment to you, but it seems like only yesterday. I promised to love you, honor you, comfort and keep you. I pledges to be by your side in sickness and in health, in times of want, and times of plenty, for better or worse, for the rest of our lives. We have had all of those things, and you have been by my side as we created a family, a home, and a life together. Today, at the beginning of our 26th year as husband and wife, in the presence of God, and our family and friends, I renew my vows to you, pledging my eternal love for you, and eagerly awaiting what life may bring us”

Gordon the Lion the Queens Hotel Mascot is on the loose!  Each morning he has to be found in the local area.   All of this fun is part of a competition run by Fire Radio during the Breakfast Programme to win Christmas Parties in Bournemouth at The Queens Hotel and Spa.  Gordon is a big, friendly lion who is hiding each morning, wanting to be found to give away no less than five Christmas Parties each day for two weeks!  What a generous chap.

With the London 2012 Olympics less than a year away, we are so looking forward to the wonderful occasion. At The Queens Hotel & Spa, in Bournemouth, we are less than two hours away from London by coach, car or train. This makes organising your accommodation with us an ideal solution from which to travel and see the events. Make us your base and relax by the beach in Britain’s premium seaside resort and take the short trip to London. It makes sense and is excellent value to stay at The Queens Hotel & Spa.


We are situated only 10 minutes walk from Bournemouth’s train and coach station, as well as being a short 20 minute drive from Bournemouth International Airport. We are even privileged enough to have the Olympic sailing events on our door step in Weymouth, which is only 45 minutes by car.


Please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 1202 554 415 or info@queenshotelbournemouth.com if you would like additional information

Autumn Half Term holiday is a  family time, a good time for a family holiday,  great for getting outdoors and walking in places like The New Forest or The Purbecks.  Should the weather be inclement here at The Queens Hotel and Spa we have an indoor swimming pool for children to let off some energy.  All of our family rooms are good sized rooms, the function rooms double up as play rooms where up to date popular films can be watched.  We have many games that can be borrowed to keep the children amused.

As a truly family friendly hotel we have a fantastic special offer this October Half Term 2011 children under 12 are totally free and All Inclusive in other words all food and drinks. Special Rate of £99.00 per room Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Call Julie on 01202 292200



What will you as a dancer be looking for in a hotel when you visit Bournemouth in January 2012 for the UK Open Dance Championships?

1)  A good nights sleep in a quiet location?

2) A dance floor to practice when not at the Championships?

3) Good helpful service?

4) Excellent food with lots of fresh vegetables?

5) Proximity to competition venue?

6) Free Car Parking?

We are able to offer all of this at The Queens Hotel and Spa.  Please call Julie on 01202 292200 for a quotation for your accommodation package during the Dance Championships.



Bournemouth goes dance crazy in January 2012 when the UK Open Dance Championships are hosted at the BIC.  Bournemouth will rarely see so many sequins in such a short period.  At the Queens Hotel and Spa we have two dance floors in two separate function rooms. If you are looking for a hotel with space to practice a few steps prior to your competition, have a good nights sleep and eat well then we are able to help.  Please call Julie on 01202 292200 for special accommodation rates if you are attending the Dance Championships in 2012.

How many hotels in Bournemouth are truly family friendly I wonder? Taking a family to a hotel can be daunting for parents.   A childs natural exuberance and energy is hard to contain for parents, they need space to let off steam like a swimming pool, toys and games at hand to keep them occupied.  Large rooms in the hotel with some floor space to play with toys are important, there is nothing worse than being right on top of each other.  Bournemouth is a great destination with plenty to do for families in the immediate area, this autumn and during October half term holiday check out what is going on from our fantastic tourism website.

At The Queens Hotel and Spa we have a fantastic family friendly offer this October half term school holiday – Children are Free in their parent(s) room ALL INCLUSIVE.  See our Special Offer on the home page of our website.

We really do aim to make a family visit to The Queens Hotel stress free for parents – we love families, we are a family run hotel and family friendly.



Come to Bournemouth to keep your children occupied during October Half Term School Holiday.  We have an amazing offer for families at the family friendly hotel  by the sea -The Queens Hotel and Spa -

Children under 12 are free in their parent(s) room

eat free from the childrens menu and have free soft drinks. 

Other attractions to make the week a success:

Free entry to the Bournemouth Oceanarium

Half price Bournemouth Odeon cinema tickets

Automatic membership to Kids Club

All adding up to a great family holiday.

Photograph with Gordon Lion our hotel mascot

Free inhouse enterainment


The Christmas Party market is very competitive, some of the prices offered look very enticing.  The problem is how can you tell what value you are going to get for your office party or group?

I think the best idea is to book your party at a hotel that has an excellent reputation for good food at affordable prices.  By good food, I mean dishes that are not pre-prepared, where trained chefs have devised a festive menu, chosen the ingredients from quality suppliers.  Where the sauces and gravies do not come from a packet but are lovingly crafted.  Ask these questions when you shop around and start to compare menus and prices.

The Queens Hotel and Spa do have the excellent reputation mentioned above!   Ask the questions:-

  • Will this menu be fully prepared on the premises
  • Are the sauces and gravies made from scratch
  • Will fresh local produce and vegetables be served with our meal

Our answer will be YES!!

We think we offer the best value Christmas Party in Bournemouth – Prices Start at £19.95 for  a 3 course meal with entertainment  or a hot and cold savoury buffet at £12.95 with entertainment.

Call Julie on 01202 292200 for sample menus and information on our themed Christmas Party Nights or an individual party with a menu tailored to your choice.   Prices starting at £19.95 for a 3 course meal.






Are you the delegated party planner for your Office Christmas Party this year 2011?   We fully appreciate what a responsibility this is at The Queens Hotel and Spa and to this end have come up with the checklist below to help choose the right venue for your particular requirements.

1)  Are you a big enough group for a private party?

2) Are you looking for a shared party night?

3) What is your budget per person?

4) Is an overnight stay at reasonable prices a consideration?

5) What type of entertainment, if any, are you looking for?

6) Are you looking for a 3 course meal or buffet dinner?


Call Julie on 01202 292200 to discuss your individual requirements