Renewing Wedding Vows

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#1
New Zealand
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Joined Oct 2011
My DH and I are thinking of renewing our vows on the Pacific Princess next year for our 20th anniversay. The package advertised looks lovely. However I am worried about the "Cheesey/Tacky" factor. Has anyone recently participated in or witnessed a Vow Renewal ceremony? The only reviews I can find are several years old.

Also, I note the ceremonies may be performed in groups 'at the ships discretion'. Any one know if this happens often? It's something that we feel is rather personal, and really wouldn't want to share with a bunch of complete strangers.
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#2
St. Augustine, FL
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Originally posted by AnonymousKiwi
My DH and I are thinking of renewing our vows on the Pacific Princess next year for our 20th anniversay. The package advertised looks lovely. However I am worried about the "Cheesey/Tacky" factor. Has anyone recently participated in or witnessed a Vow Renewal ceremony? The only reviews I can find are several years old.

Also, I note the ceremonies may be performed in groups 'at the ships discretion'. Any one know if this happens often? It's something that we feel is rather personal, and really wouldn't want to share with a bunch of complete strangers.
I wouldn't mind hearing about this!

We renewed our vows on the QM2 a while back, and it was in a group, but it was still very nice! They had a very nice cake and we got a certificate.
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#3
League City, TX
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Joined Sep 2005
Originally posted by AnonymousKiwi
Also, I note the ceremonies may be performed in groups 'at the ships discretion'. Any one know if this happens often? It's something that we feel is rather personal, and really wouldn't want to share with a bunch of complete strangers.
On the larger ships, there may be more couples renewing vows and it may be necessary to share the special time with the other couples.

However, you are on a small ship and I doubt there would be many couples doing a renewal on your cruise (but I could be wrong).
#4
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Joined Jun 2009
I surprised my wife with a vow renewal last year on the Crown. In our case, we were the only couple partaking, so it was a private ceremony. It was held on the first formal night, before the Captain's reception. It was a small, but very nice ceremony with the Guest Services Director, the Captain, a Photographer, and someone else from the passenger services desk. When I went to the desk to finalize the arrangements with the GSD, I was also asked if I wanted assistance making any reservations for the night.

It was a belated one year anniversary trip, I probably won't do it again for a few years, but I would do it again.
#5
92 Posts
Joined Oct 2010
A few years back we had the renewal. It was a wonderful experience. No cheese factor at all. We had the ceremony to ourselves. It did not even occur to me that we might be sharing this with other couples. That would have been a deal killer for me. I would not even consider it if I had to share. Just my opinion.
#6
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Originally posted by Zena,W.P.
A few years back we had the renewal. It was a wonderful experience. No cheese factor at all. We had the ceremony to ourselves. It did not even occur to me that we might be sharing this with other couples. That would have been a deal killer for me. I would not even consider it if I had to share. Just my opinion.
The vow renewal package is advertised as a shared ceremony with all couples wishing to purchase this package. However, if no one else purchases it, it is not a group ceremony. That being said, I'm sure you can try to make arrangements with guest services for a more private ceremony.
#7
West Virginia
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Joined Jun 2011
I did some extensive searches here on CC about the Renewal of Vows package before booking it for our 25th anniversary cruise on Ruby next March.

As to "group" ceremonies - the report I found was that if there is more than one couple, it is done in sequence, rather than in a group, i.e. there is only one couple (and their witnesses- if any) in the chapel at a time.
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#8
New Zealand
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Joined Oct 2011
Thanks for all the replies. This gives us some more food for thought.
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2012 Pacific Princess (Athens to Venice)




’I think much of decency. How to pass a plate. Not to shout from one room to another. Not to break a closed door open without knocking. Let a lady pass. The aim of these endless simple rules is to make a life better.... I pay close attention to my manners. It’s not an abstraction, it’s a simple and comprehensible language of mutual respect.’ -- Jack Nicholson
#9
Calgary Alberta Canada
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Joined Jan 2007
We renewed our vows 3 years ago and it was a lovely ceremony. We were the only couple, and we had a few CC'ers from our thread attend the ceremony. One of them even played the piano as we walked in. We had beautiful flowers, bouquet for me, corsage for DH, and lots of champagne to drink. Not cheesy at all! There was a photographer taking lots and lots of pics as well!
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#10
Michigan
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Joined Apr 2005
We just did our vow renewal on the Golden last month. As far as the DW is concerned it couldn't have been a better experience. They supplied the flowers, music and photographer. We were given a copy of the ceremony signed by the Captain. We were the only couple renewing our vows. Another couple was waiting in the hall for theirs so we invited them in. The pleasure that it gave my DW was well worth the price. Did I mention she bought almost all of the pictures.

Almost forgot, it was performed on the first formal night before welcome aboard party.
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#11
New Zealand
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Joined Oct 2011
Aw, your experiences sound lovely. I am pleased to hear there are not regular mass ceremonies. I guess Princess reserves the rights to perform the ceremonies in groups in case there is a large number of couples renewing their vows. I had visions of those huge ceremonies that Asian couples seem to go in for.
Thanks so much for your replies.
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Lisa and Nathan

2012 Pacific Princess (Athens to Venice)




’I think much of decency. How to pass a plate. Not to shout from one room to another. Not to break a closed door open without knocking. Let a lady pass. The aim of these endless simple rules is to make a life better.... I pay close attention to my manners. It’s not an abstraction, it’s a simple and comprehensible language of mutual respect.’ -- Jack Nicholson