Your vow renewal doesn’t have to break the bank to be memorable and elegant !
Everywhere you turn, someone is renewing their wedding vows. From jet-setting to glamorous locales like St. Lucia, or shutting down entire theme parks like Disneyland (looking at you, Mariah Carey), the rich and famous have taken to this new trend. This movement isn’t just appealing to celebrities, though. Many ordinary couples around the world are spending big bucks on lavish ceremonies to re-celebrate the nuptials, while others are finding crafty ways to display their devotion without dramatically dipping into their savings. Anyone can easily plan a memorable and elegant vow renewal without breaking the bank.
First things first: Bounce ideas for the event off of your spouse. Will it be large or small? Will there be lots of friends and extended family, or a more intimate setting with just your children? When you answering preliminary questions, always set the budget for what you are willing to spend.
Creating the guest list first is the best way to start planning, considering the number will indicate much of the costs. Upon putting together the guest list, start to consider who you respect as an officiant. Since a vow renewal is not legally binding, you can select anyone you know from a family member to a close friend. This is a wonderful way to personalize the event, and best of all, it’s free.
Location plays a crucial role in the cost of a vow renewal. Staying local will save you the most money, but exploring your town for a bed and breakfast is cozy and affordable option. Other local ideas include: the beach (a frugal classic), the place you first met, a beautiful state park, or even your own home.
If you would like to take a vacation, check out travel websites like Travelocity and Priceline. Sites such as these often offer all-inclusive vacation packages with your choice of resort, cruise, or flight and hotel combinations. Several travel websites and cruise lines, such as Carnival and Norwegian, now offer specialized all-inclusive vow renewal packages. With this option, you get to sit back and enjoy your special day without worrying about ceremony details.
Make sure you take advantage of early booking discounts from your preferred travel site, and plan your ceremony during the off-season, when prices are at their all-time lows. You can also find various e-coupons to lower your traveling costs. Furthermore, always ask about group discounts for you and your guests when selecting your overnight accommodations.
Whether you’re planning a formal or casual ceremony, there are endless options for your attire. An unbearably cute way to not spend any money at all on attire is to bring back your wedding ensembles. If you do want to try out a fresh new look, do a few rounds at local outlets, or shop affordable retailers, like David’s Bridal and Jen Jen House to find the greatest deal on an outfit. Just as for travel sites, search online for e-coupons to put towards the cost of your attire.
Your reception is completely optional, considering there are no rules in vow renewals. Taking the family out to a tasteful restaurant of your choice is fun, subtle way to celebrate. If you would prefer to hold a soiree afterwards, you and your friends can cook a few special dishes yourself to save on catering, or pick up a few gourmet treats to serve with wine. People naturally eat less during brunch, lunch, and teatime than they do at dinner, so consider having a daytime event. Opting to use DIY décor and party favors not only saves money, but adds a sense of creativity and individualism to your event.
Use Facebook and other popular social networks to share your invitation. If you are gifted in design, you can DIY your invites as well as the décor. A third option is to create an e-vite on accessible websites like InvitationBox, where you pay a small fee to have a formal-looking design emailed out to your guests.
Recording your (second) special day doesn’t have to be overwhelming or pricey. Instead of hiring a professional photographer, ask a good friend or family member with an interest in photography to record the memories and snap a few shots. This allows the day to be more intimate and memorable, while reducing costs. With the amount of technology that is at our fingertips, retouching visuals has never been so easy and affordable.
Keep in mind that the whole point of this day is to reaffirm your love for your partner. Don’t get swept away in the details because once you’re saying “I do” again, you’ll be satisfied. There is no single approach to having a vow renewal, and it can be easy and affordable with planning. Remember, you can be as casual or elaborate as you would like: the celebration is all yours!
Roxanne Dwayne is New Englander at her very core – there’s nothing she loves more than camping lakeside with her husband and two sons, and crab legs make heart melt like the butter she likes to dip them into. In her (limited) free time, she loves to write, try her hand at photography, and knit.