Post # 1
We’re not having a traditional ‘destination’ wedding, but we are having it in California and his family is from the East Coast. A lot of his older relatives aren’t going to be able to make the trip, and there are some who fiscally won’t be able to, so we are thinking about doing a vow renewal ceremony in his hometown church when we return from our honeymoon. This way his grandparents and such can see us say our vows and be a part of something special, albeit not the big day.
Has anyone ever done this before? I’d love some tips on how to do it and advice to make it special without it being the same price as a wedding!
Post # 3
You might get quite a few people telling you to not do this, but I see no problem with it. Perhaps you can ask his parents the best way to go about doing this. Does anyone in his family have a large yard that you could hold a small ceremony? Could you maybe buy an inexpensive short dress, and wear your same veil/hairpiece? A casual reception with appetizers, cake and punch?
A LOT of couples do a second reception when one family can’t travel. It’s quite common these days. I don’t see why you can’t add a short but sweet ceremony into the mix. I think it would mean a lot for your FIs family to hear your vows.
Post # 4
@Miss Chapstick: Thanks! I like the idea of appetizers and punch