Saying “I Still Do”: How to Plan a Vow Renewal Trip

by Emese Graham
two women laughing while renewing their wedding vows

Thinking of renewing your wedding vows? Congratulations! Saying “I still do” in a beautiful setting, surrounded by the people you love is one of life’s most special experiences. Especially when you have a group travel expert to guide you through the process of planning the perfect vow renewal trip.

Here, you’ll find some of our top tips for planning your ceremony, selecting the best place to renew your vows, ideas for making your trip unique, how to pack, gift etiquette, and more.

Let’s start from the beginning:

Planning a Vow Renewal Trip? Start with Your Why

two women hugging and smiling while renewing their wedding vows on a beach

The best way to design a meaningful trip is to get on the same page with your partner about why you’re renewing your wedding vows in the first place. This will set the tone for all the details that follow, from your guest list to your choice of destination to your budget.

Was your wedding a modest one at the time, but now you’re ready to have the Big Day that you’ve always wanted?

Have you reached an important milestone or anniversary that you want to celebrate with friends and family, who might hail from different places?

Have you overcome challenging seasons together (ahem… a certain pandemic comes to mind), and now you want to “re-tie the knot” with a few loved ones by your side?

There’s no wrong answer here! Share your vision with your dedicated travel expert, and they’ll help you design a one-of-a-kind vow renewal trip that suits the occasion perfectly.

Saving the Date and other Expert Planning Tips

woman in wedding dress smiles with family for photos on a vow renewal trip

Planning travel for a group of people can get tricky pretty quickly. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to entrust your trip to a professional who can guide you, your partner, and all of your guests through the planning, booking, and travelling process.

With a real human beside you every step of the way, you can get all of your questions answered, like:

Q: When is the right time to start talking to a group travel advisor about our vow renewal trip?

A: The smaller your travelling group is, the easier it’ll be to book closer to the date, but you should try to aim for at least 1 year out. For larger parties, it’s best to give everyone on your guest list even more of a heads up. Feel free to send out a ‘Save the Date’ to your guests before you start chatting with your advisor.

That being said… we are known to work a little calendar magic if you need us to.

Q: Is our group too small to get a group rate?

A: Our travel advisors have expertise in working with any budget and group size. Before you assume that you need a guest list of 50 people to qualify for great group rates, talk to us! We’ll help you find irresistible value, whether you’re travelling with a handful of people or your entire Facebook friends list.

Q: We haven’t decided who we want to invite. Is it too soon to start planning our trip?

A: Nope! Feel free to reach out to a travel consultant even in the early dreaming phases. Besides, at Flight Centre Group Travel, managing your guests’ travel is super convenient. We provide name changes (ie. traveller swaps) without a fee, and we even offer you a convenient website to keep guest registration simple.

Q: What’s the gift-giving etiquette for renewing vows?

A: Typically, couples choose not to include gift-giving in their vow renewal celebrations. That being said, if you do decide to accept gifts from friends and family, our online travel registry is a convenient and personal option.

Q: I don’t know how to pack. Help!

A: Don’t worry, you’re not alone. You can talk to your travel advisor about baggage weight limits and the best options for flying with formal wear or other special elements you might be bringing for your ceremony.

Get Great Value with Destination Vow Renewal Packages

two men kiss while renewing their wedding vows on a resort

If renewing your vows in a beautiful resort appeals to you, we’ve got two pieces of good news for you. First, you have lots of options. Second, we’ve got great deals!

You can expect a wide variety of fabulous perks in a customizable vow renewal package. Some of our favourites include:

  • Couple’s spa treatments at reduced or complimentary pricing
  • Customized set-up for your ceremony
  • Dedicated photographer
  • Private reception for intimate and large groups
  • Personalized celebration cake
  • Romantic dinner or breakfast in bed
  • Sparkling wine for two

Not to mention excellent rates for groups of all sizes. Our group travel experts can help you select a property and package that matches your personalities and party needs.

The Best Place to Renew Your Vows Could be Off the Beaten Path

family claps while mature couple walks down the aisle on a beach

We love a good beach ceremony, and we love an outside-the-box trip even more! Renewing your wedding vows can be so much more fun (and less stressful) than getting hitched. Feel free to make the experience as unique as your love story is with a tailor-made getaway.

Unique Vow Renewal Ideas

  • Locally-owned boutique resorts in the Caribbean are gorgeous and affordable. You can rent out an entire property for a few days at a great rate to celebrate with loved ones.
  • Canada is home to some beautiful locations, perfect for saying your “I still do’s”. Go for an outdoor ceremony in a national or provincial park, or book a romantic hotel stay (like one of these)
  • Turn a private group tour into a vow renewal trip! Imagine a scenic sailing tour through the Mediterranean with a private ceremony on board, a hiking trip in Bali with a stop on a mountain summit to exchange vows, or a foodie adventure through Italy with a private banquet reception.

Remember, you can get creative with your “officiant” (this isn’t a legal wedding, after all, so your officiant can be a good friend, a child, or just someone who knows how to get a party started).


Group travel is never one-size-fits-all. Count on our dedicated Experts to deliver an effortless trip experience designed just for you.

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