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This bride altered her original wedding gown for her gorgeous vow renewal

My husband, Anindeep, and I came to our tenth wedding anniversary very much different people than we were so long ago, now personally and emotionally more enriched. We decided a vow renewal was necessary to celebrate ourselves in this new chapter in realizing our individual selves and expressing our togetherness more meaningfully to each other.

Photography (duh) and fashion are priorities for me, so with NO attire budget and exponentially growing dressmaking skills, I suddenly found the confidence to alter my own wedding gown.

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This cave vow renewal in Mexico is pure family love

Entrepreneurs and adventure lovers, Sandi and Jimi, decided at the last minute to renew their vows with their three kiddos in a cenote (a natural pit) while traveling in Playa del Carmen. Pulling from their own cultures and experiences, they crafted a beautiful and intimate ceremony to re-bind their family together.

After that it was getting down to some serious play time with the kids in the wild foliage of Playa del Carmen, which is in no short supply of beauty. Let's put on our sun-soaked goggles for this cave vow renewal in Mexico.

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YODA SODA: This couple destroyed the Death Star at their Star Wars vow renewal!

Kerstin and Christian had a gorgeous vow renewal elopement-style in a railway underpass to reaffirm their marriage. For their actual wedding, the couple had to make many compromises, but this time it was all about them. Enter lightsabers, destroying the Death Star during the ceremony, and a toast with Yoda Soda.

Yep, it's a Star Wars vow renewal in Germany that tickles all our nerdy dreams of an industrial-style wedding. You've got to see it…

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So you want to reaffirm your lurve: 9 non-rules for how to plan a vow renewal

We never scoff at more parties. Bring on the parties, amirite?! In this case, we're talking about vow renewals as your second party. Or maybe vow renewals as an intimate promise between just you and your partner. Either way, there's so much more flexibility and freedom with vow renewals that it's hard not to get excited about the possibilities. Want to know how to plan a vow renewal? Here are our non-rules for doing it up renewal-style.

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The 9 ways I'm making our vow renewal better than our not-so-great wedding

Our wedding planning began well, it did not continue that way. Our 2009 wedding was endured rather than enjoyed by our guests and ourselves. Blame is useless. I cannot undo what has been done. But I knew there was a way to create new, happy, memories… my husband and I could have a vow renewal! This time I want to enjoy the planning. I want to look forward to the day. I want our family and friends to enjoy the event. So in the five years since our wedding, I've reflected on how I can make the vow renewal planning a much better experience than wedding planning was. Here are my top nine realizations…