(Closed) Doing a Vow Renewal/Wedding, and not sure how to do it…

posted 6 years ago in Vow Renewals
Post # 3
21 posts
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Wedge wood San Ramon

DIY.. it can keep costs down a lot.. instead of hiring a photographer maybe just buy a bunch of disposables and have your guests take pictures[ makes it a little more intimate that way too ] fake flowers, can look real now. buffet style food/ bbq

Post # 4
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are doing ours simple like this too. For 125 people. We are having a destination wedding with just my fiance & I and we are having a reception with our families 2 weeks before (only date the hall had available when we wanted). We got lucky and got the hall for $275 by doing it on a Friday night.

We’re having:

Turkey, Ham, Baked Rigatoni, Scalloped Potatoes, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Green Beans & Ham, Salad, Rolls… All pretty cheap food (at least in Ohio).

My 2 aunts, my mom, my BFF are preparing all the food.

We’re renting buffet service equipment from a local restaraunt.

The cake is like our biggest expense and the dress… $900 on those 2 things alone.

If you want a simpler cake, you can get one from maybe a local grocerie store? I don’t know if the ones in your area do. Ours do, even Walmart-they do really great jobs!

Photography is $400… We got lucky with that, she’s a photography student & works with my mom. She just gives us discs with the 100 pics of our choice, $2 a disc and people can print out what they want.

Flowers- I’m doing myself, we’re not having a bridal party or anything so I’m making like a bouquet/centerpiece for our sweetheart table. There is sooo many cute ideas on this site for personalizing your wedding on a budget!! Let me know if you have any other questions or anything 🙂

Post # 5
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

well i am planning my vow renewal for my 5th anniversary because we had a small civil service and our goal is to keep it under 5k and so far we have done so by me doing a lot of diy projects to keep down cost and a lot of our family members are pitching in with food and music and our biggest splurges were for our ceremony/reception in the same location and for photography because those things were very important to me.  I believe a vow renewal or small ceremony is very doable if you are on a tight budget plus i found a lot of great bargains here in the classified and diy sections. Good luck with your planning.

Post # 6
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

We are doing a vow-renewal-wedding type thing as we got married in our local court house this winter and are waiting until he gets back from the military and will get officially ‘weddinged’ this summer. You can keep a back yard wedding under 5k easy. Figure out your priorities for one thing, are you going for a sit down formal thing with a bridal party and a catered meal or do you just want to throw a big party for your family to celebrate you getting married? 

Dress: There are many MANY dress threads on how to score a cheap but beautiful designer gown, some are second hand, some are new from sample sales that just need a makeup stain or two cleaned off of them

Dinner: Full Catered Meal? Family Catered? Finger foods? Just cake and punch? There are so many options to choose from I don’t even know where to start. If you are worried about the price of cake check in to grocery stores that have bakeries v.s a specialty bakery, they can often times create bautiful 2 and 3 tier wedding cakes at a lesser price that are lovely. 

Chairs: Check around before you go with a local rental agency, I found out by accident recently that our local recreation center of all places rents out tables for next to nothing, and several churches in town will rent out thier chairs fairly in expensively. They might be slightly worn, but if you are putting covers over them no one is going to notice. 

Do you have a theme or any colours picked out for your wedding yet? You would be suprised how many decor items can be scored for free/little cost at the thrift store or recycling center. 


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