Planning a vow renewal: Top 3 things to consider
So you have been married for a while now and you want to do it all over again!
"Why?" You may asked. Wasn't the 1st time you said, "I do" not enough headache...and yes you married the guy of your dreams; but deciding your bridesmaids, maid of honor, figuring out the invite list, trying to please your soon to be in-laws, and your parents on where the wedding should take place, who pays for what, and picking out a dress that you love and a little bit of what everyone else love who came along to the bridal shop with you. Ahhhhh....
So even after all of that you still want to have a vow renewal or what we like to call "Wedding, take 2” then keep reading!
So the reason for wanting to say, "I still do" can vary for many brides. Maybe after so many years of marriage you want to feel beautiful all over again and recite your vows once again to the man who you chose to spend your life with; maybe you had a rough patch in your marriage and renewing your vows is just what you need to keep your marriage going strong; or maybe you are like me who got married to the man of their dreams but never had a wedding: and couldn’t let go of the fact of not walking down the aisle. So now that you are fully on board for whatever reason you want to have another wedding here are the top 3 things to consider.
Location, Location, Location.
I guess this goes without saying finding the perfect location the 2nd time around can be less about what everyone wants and more about what you and your spouse wants. You can literally have a destination wedding without people feeling excluded if they are unable to attend because you are already married. Or maybe you could decide to have a wedding at you and your husband favorite restaurant that way you don’t have to worry about how good is the food. If you are near the Savannah area Bella's is our favorite restaurant we love, love their food. Or find a venue in your budget because you probably will not have extra funds coming from your parents this time around. Commerce Civic Center is where we had ours' and I love the rustic loft look. The space is really made for big parties, but we still made it work for our smaller more intimate wedding. The venue was very helpful through it all and it went smoothly. Whatever location you decide just make sure you and your husband both love it.
Now let’s consider the dress!
If you were married 20+ years ago the bridal dresses have definitely change and with the internet you have a lot more options at your finger tips. We think it’s important to know the kind of bride you are? As well as where your "wedding, take 2" will be located. If you are a more carefree, easygoing bride and considering a destination wedding you may can opt to buy your dress at a local shop at the destination spot of your wedding. If you are very planned and organization is key consider shopping for you dress at least 9 -12 months in advance to weigh your options. If you want a certain look you may even consider having it custom made to get the color and style you want because it doesn’t have to be white! And we are here to help with that! You can even take your husband this time to help pick it out or plan the design for a custom look. Just make sure you are getting the dress you want and get a dress to show your style which probably has changed over the years!
Your wedding party.
Maybe you had a wedding with lots of bridesmaids and groomsmen, flower girls, ring bearer the works or maybe not. This time it should be really centered and focus on you two. If you have kids consider including them in the wedding. We did! And couldn’t see it any other way! This can also keep down the stressors of planning a wedding.
In all have fun with this wedding. Save on a wedding cake cost by opting for different desserts and/or buy from a local grocery store bakery as we did with Publix. Only costed us $125 for cake and desserts! Enjoy this time with close family and friends and don't sweat the small stuff.
Share with us some things you plan to do for your wedding, take 2!