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16 Tips to Make the Most of a Tiny Vow Renewal Budget
Planning a vow renewal on a very small budget can be a little challenging, but it’s completely doable and you can have a lovely vow renewal ceremony and reception. Just keep in mind why you are renewing your vows as you do your planning – this is about the two of you, not having a big party you really can’t afford. Focus on the elements that are the most important to you and skimp on or skip those that aren’t. Don’t care about having a big meal, don’t! Simply serve cake with punch and coffee. Dying to dance the evening away with your sweetheart, put your money into a DJ or sound system. Here are sixteen tips to planning a vow renewal on a $200 budget for up to 50 guests.
Invitation kits are available at the office supply store and places like Walmart.
Greeting card kits will also work.You can also design your own using copy paper mounted on card stock. Check out the Dollar Tree for bargains on envelopes and paper. Remember to keep sizes standard to eliminate extra postage charges.
Your home is also a perfect place to hold your vow renewal ceremony and reception.
If you are a member of a church, you may also find that you can use their facilities at no charge.
You will want to appoint someone to be in charge of making sure that it plays what you want, when you want and emceeing the event.
It’s also helpful to have a microphone for announcements of key events during the reception. A computer microphone will work if you are using a laptop for your playing your music.
Other great options include salads topped with meat, turkey (buy during the holidays), ham, or pulled pork.
If you’re opting to have a meat for the main course, bulky and inexpensive vegetables are your best bet, think glazed carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, roasted potatoes, or even green beans.
For the female attendants – Tie the single roses with a 24-inch piece of ribbon making a bow. A sheer or satin looks lovely. Return to water.
For you – Tie six roses into a hand-tied bouquet using some satin ribbon. Simply wrap the stems tightly going down six inches. Once you are ready for the ceremony, cut the excess stems off.
Groomsmen – Skip the flowers!
Groom – Tie a small piece of ribbon at the base of a small rose ahead of time. A couple of hours before the ceremony, cut the stem short, and you have a perfect boutonniere.
You have two emergency roses left from a dozen!
If any family member or friend has a nice camera, ask them to take photos. If not, check with your local community college that offers photography classes to see if you can find a talented student who would be willing to do it for their portfolio or a small fee. Make sure they will provide you with the photos on a flash drive or CD before leaving the celebration.
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Another good budget option is to take a look at Eshakti.com. They have a great selection of classic dresses that are often discounted. Plus, if you’ve never ordered from them before, you can get $25 off your first order and free customizing. If your attendants are hard to fit, this is an amazing option, but plan ahead as custom orders take three weeks to get. http://www.eshakti.com/Products/weddings%20and%20events eShakti – Shop Women’s designer fashion dresses, tops| Size 0-36W &Custom clothes
Asking attendants to either pay for their dress or even pay a portion of the cost will help keep you on budget.
Another option for a more casual vow renewal is to have them all wear dress shirts or polo shirts and slacks. This works well with colored polo shirts and tan slacks or even black slacks and a white shirt with coordinating tie.
If you’re having your ceremony and reception at your church be sure to ask what they have on hand. Many will have everything you need.
Prefer disposables? Check your local Sam’s Club for deals on better quality options.
A few of notes:
- There is no budget for alcohol in this list – that’s because it is a huge expense and doesn’t fit very well into a small budget vow renewal.
- We’re assuming you either have or have access to plenty of crock pots, roasters, coffee pots, and beverage containers at no cost through family, friends, or church.
- You’re counting on the help of family and friends to help with setup, serving, clean up, and general support.
- Cutting your guest list back to only the most important people in your life will definitely save you money.
- If you really want to serve alcohol, have a late evening reception and opt for an inexpensive sparkling wine paired with simple appetizers and cake.
- A classic backyard cookout or even pizza delivery can be other great “catering” options that will keep you on budget.
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