Planning a Summer Vow RenewalMake the Most of Your Budget & Keep Guests Happy

Summer is the perfect time to plan a backyard vow renewal, especially if you or a friend or family member has a large, beautiful backyard. It will be all the more perfect if you happen to have a lovely flower garden with a water fountain that will give your guests the same elegant feeling as renting out a professional outdoor venue. Just make sure the space is large enough to accommodate your guest count. As a bonus, since you won’t be paying for a venue, your budget should go further allowing you to spend more on those elements that mean the most to you.

Speaking of budget savings, since you are having a backyard vow renewal, you could further cut costs with food by having the best cooks in your family get together to cook for your celebration. There’s a good chance that they will be more than happy to do help, eliminating the need for expensive catering. The menu for a backyard or garden vow renewal doesn’t need to be elaborate; keep your focus on favorite foods that hold well in the heat.

One important thing to bear in mind is that summer brings with it warm to hot sunny days and most people hate the idea of baking in the sun. Do your guests a favor and put a fan on the seat of each chair for the ceremony so that they have something to keep them cool while watching your ceremony. Strategically placed electric fans are also a great idea. Another great touch for guest is to present them with sunscreen, a parasol, or flip flops as a favor. Don’t forget to take care of yourselves too! Summer is the perfect time for the the two of you to dress in lightweight and breathable fabrics like chiffon, linen, and cotton.

You should also consider renting a large tent and fans when planning your summer vow renewal to make sure you do everything possible to make your guests cool from the heat of the summer sun. The tent will provide much-needed shade for a daytime vow renewal or shelter in case of unexpected rain.

Other fun ideas to keep guests cool include serving Popsicles immediately after the ceremony as guests make their way to the reception space, opting for frozen lemonade and daiquiris during the cocktail hour, having an ice cream or sorbet bar, and keeping the menu light and fresh with a focus on salads and fruits.

Finally, you might consider holding your ceremony later in the day when temperatures start to drop. Just be sure to spray for insects, so you don’t end up with unwanted guests!

Best of luck planning your summer vow renewal! Have more great tips for an outdoor ceremony and reception, please share them in the comments.