Planning a Small Inexpensive Renewal of Vows?

My husband and I will have been married for 5 years October 2013. Due to things that were happening in our life we had no wedding. We signed papers with his brother and were married. I would really like to have a small wedding or I guess renewal. I already have a dress so that cost is out. There would be no need for a tux. We have three young kids so our budget is tight. Do you think it would be possible to do it all for $300? I would like to not feed a full meal, but snack bar or dessert. Any help would be great! Thank you.


By Chelsea M

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May 20, 20130 found this helpful

The largest cost would be a location if you do not have it in your church or at a home. You could serve "renewal cake", ice cream and punch (alcoholic and nonalcoholic). Choose a time of day when a meal is not usually served, such as mid-afternoon, like 3pm. Select your place, and then price ice cream and cakes if you do not bake. Cupcakes and individual sized servings of ice cream may work the best. I would stick to chocolate and vanilla for both. Most people like one of these flavors. A punch of a 2 liter bottle ginger ale or 7-Up, 1 carton sherbet and 1can of reconstituted frozen orange juice or lemonade fills a standard punchbowl. Liquor can be added (about 1-2 cups) if wanted. I have used this punch recipe at an open house attended by about 100 people, and made and used 3 punch bowls full for it. Add coffee and tea, and you have it. Hope you have a nice party, and hope this helps.

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May 20, 20130 found this helpful

I did a revow for my sister in Tucson in 02 for just about what you have. It can be done, I promise.

The dress was $50.00 but you say you have one. Great! Is there a thrift shop close where your hubby can get a suit? Or perhaps borrow one?


Here are the things I did to pull this off...

Her colors were for spring, which left everything else much easier. The "aisle" inside the church was 8/$1.00 pastel bags from the dollar tree, with contrasting colors of tissue paper inside each one, pulled up to show of course. In other words, pink in the yellow, yellow in the blue, etc. We simply weighed each one down with a zip lock of cat litter and down the aisle she walked.

I found some spring wrapping paper that had pretty pastel circles on it, and cut them out for table scatter. Each table had to glass brandy snifter with colored water and a floating candle in it. Each chair had a bow on the back to match the color of water.

A friend made the cake, and I made mini teddies for the topper.

I made a guest book and a pen out of a half a Styrofoam ball glued onto a tuna can. Each was covered in lace, then the pen rested in a cap from a seam ripper that I shoved down inside - I kid you not.


I made a poem and burned the edges then glued it to a pillar candle from the Dollar Tree, and stuck in pretty pearl straight pins around the edges for the unity set.

We decorated a donated arch with flowers from the Easter stash, and I made all the flowers either from crochet thread or from the thrift stores. I re-purposed her veil and then went about to cook.

We have a hot day to work in, so I chose cool foods. I made tuna and chicken salad sandwiches, pasta salad, veggie plate, food colored parfaits, and we had four kinds of soda with coffee and tea.

It was a lovely day and we did pull it off for just around $275.00. I hope this helps. If you need any thing else, please don't hesitate to leave me a message through TF as we have some time.

Best of luck to you both.

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