What Kind of Wedding Vow Renewal is Right for You?
So, you want to renew your wedding vows? Congratulations! Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, commemorating another kind of milestone, or are just getting around to throwing the dream wedding you weren’t able to have the first time around, the first step to success is deciding what kind of renewal is right for you.
The Dream Wedding
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For this route you’ll need the three Ps: Professionals, Patience and Planning. Start by hiring an event coordinator who can show you a portfolio of weddings similar to what you’ll have in mind. Be clear about your budget and the number of guests, and bring ideas you’ve clipped from magazines or pinned on Pinterest. Since many vendors will be involved, focus on presenting your ideas in way that makes your expectations as clear as possible. Your coordinator will walk you through all the steps—from the flowers and your dress, to the menu and cake. Start your guest list early and select invitations that will set the tone for what guests can expect on your big, fabulous day.
The Mid-Level Renewal
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If you prefer a semi-formal affair without the hectic coordination of an extravagant event, a mid-level event is probably right for you. It’ll cost you, sure, but with the right planning and professionals you can host a classy (and fun) celebration with your partner. Look for a venue that can host both the ceremony and reception while boasting a character that reflects your personalities. If you love music, consider a local symphony hall or theater. If you love aviation, perhaps a local air museum has a display hangar with plenty of space. Choose a full-service caterer that can handle food, drinks, alcohol, and all of the table settings, set-up and tear-down. The fewer vendors you have to work with, the better, as there’s likely to be less confusion about who’s responsible for what. Once your vendors are in line, let the fun begin—head to Macy’s or your local jeweler and select your new ring sets or bands!
The Backyard Bargain
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If you’re more of the mind that it’s about the love and not the stuff, the backyard bargain renewal is the one for you. Host it in your backyard, find a friend or family member willing to host, or head to a local park or pavilion. Recruit willing friends and loved ones and delegate the responsibility of certain aspects of the party while you and your partner focus on the ceremony. Make your vows thoughtful and from-the-heart, and consider incorporating a portion of your original vows into the ceremony. Lastly, everyone loves photos, so create a slide show that includes photos of your original wedding and all the memories that you’ve shared with your partner since that day.