(Closed) Renewal … big shindig or small gathering?

posted 5 years ago in Vow Renewals
Post # 3
679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


My vow renewal will be very intimate (less than 30 guests) but fancy. We will have all the traditional wedding elements, except for a wedding party. I am wearing a wedding gown so that my mother can see me in it, since we eloped the first time.

Vow renewal etiquette discourages wedding gowns and bridal parties, along with large gatherings. However, if you did not have a wedding the first time, I think it is fine to have a wedding like vow renewal. How do you think your guests would feel about you wearing a bridal gown?

There are rules, but you can always break them. Wear what you want and have as many guests as you like. 

Post # 4
1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My grandparents had two vow renewals. The first was for their 25th anniversary and they had a bridal party, white dress, did the church ‘wedding’, limos, formal reception the hole shebang. People still tell stories about how fun the party was. (of note, their original wedding was an elopement at city hall)

Their second vow renewal was a blessing during a normal mass followed by a fancy brunch at a restaurant. It also was lovely.

What I’m trying to illustrate is, there is no right way to do one (just like there is no one right way to do a wedding), so just do what makes you happy right now.

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