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Your vow renewal checklist

Marriage is a mosaic you build with your spouse. Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.”

This quote by Jennifer Smith is an apt representation of what marriage means and entails. Every couple who has been married for long should know that they are in a special relationship that has stood the test of time. Such a marriage is definitely worth a celebration, and vow renewals are the perfect way to do it.

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Whether you want to celebrate your love, or wish to reaffirm your commitment to each other, you can always have a vow renewal ceremony. It can be as small or as elaborate as you wish.

Although planning a vow renewal isn’t as stressful as wedding planning, there are a few things that can make it even easier. But before we look at that, let us first look at something that is very important when planning such an event: Vow renewal etiquette.

You may be wondering why this is important, since vow renewals are essentially personal and more intimate than a regular wedding. However,every celebration whether big or small calls for certain etiquette rules to be followed, and vow renewals are not different. The good news is that the rules are fewer, and more manageable than at a regular wedding. Let us look at what they are.

Vow renewal etiquette

Make your invitations matter

Although a vow renewal doesn’t warrant a proper paper invitation, make sure you plan yours with care. This is because your invitation reflects how serious you are about the entire event, and you want your guests to share the feeling. Whether you choose to go with an electronic invite or the traditional paper invitation, choose your vow renewal invitations with care. Pay proper attention to the text and design and send them out early to give your guests ample time to plan for it.

Forget the gifts

When you decide to renew your vows, you are hopefully at a point in your life where you are comfortably settled. So, forget the gift registry that you had the first time around. Don’t even think of registering at a store. We even suggest putting down “No Gifts” on your ceremony invitation. If guests wish to get you a gift out of joy, let them go ahead. But don’t create any compulsion or confusion in this regard.

Do hire a good photographer for the day

Trust me, it will be worth the money spent! A professional photographer is the right person to capture the special events of the day and document it for you to cherish in the years to come. There will be many meaningful moments, especially if your family has expanded to include more members since the day you were married. So, choose a talented photographer who can create magical memories as the events of the day unfold.

It isn’t a good idea to have a formal wedding party

It is indeed interesting to include children and family in your vow renewal party, but don’t make it formal like the first time around. You can always ask them as well as the members of your original wedding party to stand up for you unofficially, but it isn’t even necessary unless you really want it.

Don’t make it too elaborate or complicated to plan

If there is one thing you don’t want from your wedding day at your vow renewal, it is the stress! Leave it out, and keep the entire affair manageable and under your control this time. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a big bash, an over-the-top venue or stunning meal planning. All that actually matters is the sentiment, and the closer the crowd that attends it the more meaningful your ceremony is sure to be.

Now that we have covered the essential do’s and don’ts of vow renewal etiquette, let’s move on to the planning part. Here is the ultimate vow renewal checklist to help you along the way.

Vow Renewal Checklist

Fix the date and venue

You could plan your vow renewal close to your wedding anniversary, or on any random date. It is preferable to have it on a weekend for the convenience of your guests. Once you finalize the date, decide the venue. You could have it in a hotel or country club, or even your backyard. Decide on whether a big ceremony or a small intimate one would mean more to you and fix the venue accordingly.

Send out invitations

Whether you have a small gathering or an elaborate affair, it is always best to send out formal invitations. Include the date, venue and time, and if there is a dress code for the party, put that in as well. Send the invitations at least a month in advance, so you can plan according to the number of RSVP’s you receive.

Write your vows

You can either say your same wedding vows or make up new ones that are more appropriate in your current situation. If you can’t remember the original vows, take a look at your wedding video if you have one. Else, go with what you remember and add in a few lines that would be meaningful.

Book your vendors, entertainment and officiant

Once you know how many people will be attending, book your caterers and select the menu. For a casual function, you can have an afternoon tea or brunch. Since there are no legalities involved with the ceremony, you can have either a priest or qualified official, or a close friend conduct it. Don’t forget the flowers for the ceremony and also plan the venue décor.

Decide on what to wear and get it ready

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If you want to recreate your wedding day memories, this would be the opportunity to bring out your well-preserved wedding gown. If it doesn’t fit any more, you could have it restyled to match the current fashion. Alternately, you could go for a new dress altogether. Decide on your hair and makeup to look great on the day and fix your boutique appointments ahead of time.

Follow up with your vendors so everything progresses as per plan. Hire a photographer or ask a guest to take your pictures.

At Best for Bride, we believe that your vow renewal is just as important as your wedding day. You deserve to experience the same excitement as when you were shopping for your original wedding dress. So, let us help you with the selection of your vow renewal attire to look gorgeous on this special day.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing your vow renewal dress.

Top tips to help you find the perfect vow renewal ceremony dress

Shop with plenty of time to spare

Just like with your wedding dress shopping, don’t wait till the last minute to go shopping. Your vow renewal dress should be special. Take your time to explore options and find the best choices. Browse through collections online and look up the latest fashion trends to be inspired. Narrow down your selection criteria and finalize your budget before you go shopping. Start shopping at least few months in advance. This will allow you enough time to have the dress altered to your exact measurements once it arrives.

When renewing vows, dress for the venue

Match your outfit to the tone of the event. An elaborate full-length gown would look good in a banquet hall or ballroom, but would be awkward at the beach. Lightweight gowns are better as vow renewal wedding dresses if the event is at the seashore.

Don’t overlook simple wedding dresses

If you didn’t have much say in what you wore at your wedding, or if your sense of fashion has changed since then, don’t hesitate to explore your options in wedding dresses. Many women are hesitant to choose a wedding gown as their vow renewal dress, considering it will be too flashy. However, it isn’t everyday you get to dress up as a bride. So, if wedding fashion still appeals to you, make your appointment with a wedding dress store. There is sure to be a simple wedding dress that is just perfect for your celebration.

Destination vow renewal wedding dresses call for extra care

If you are like most couples, a far away dreamy exotic location may be on the cards. If this is the case, pay special attention to the dress you choose for the occasion. You will have to consider practical aspects such as transporting it intact. Also, you should choose a dress that is suitable for your chosen destination. Lighter gowns in fabrics that hold shape and don’t wrinkle easily are the best. Discuss your needs with the consultant at the bridal store to find what is most suitable for you.

Find the best colors for your complexion

It will be easier to find a color that flatters your complexion than choosing the right shade of white for your wedding dress. So, make the most of it. You can choose a dress in a color that matches your party theme. However, make sure that the color of your dress highlights your facial features so you look stunning. You can even try different shade variants of the same color to find the one that flatters you most.

Choose the right fabric for the weather

You can have your vow renewal whenever you choose. It can be during the holidays, closer to your anniversary date or on any other day at all. However, take the time of year into consideration when making your dress selection. Vow renewal gowns that work in summer may not be the best choice for winter. Choose the fabric and dress style to stay comfortable at the time of your vow renewal. A satin or velvet dress and matching accessories like stoles or scarves is better suited for fall or winter. If the event is in summer, opt for short and light frocks or gowns with sleeveless or short-sleeve styles.

Don’t forget your accessories

No outfit is complete without the right choice of jewelry and accessories. Dress yourself up for the event with the right choice of jewelry that enhances the effect of your dress. You can keep it as simple or as elaborate as you like. If you have heirloom jewelry or special trinkets you acquired recently, wear these treasures and feel extra-special.

Choose the right dress style that helps you look and feel your best

Just like your wedding day, your vow renewal is likely a once-in-a-lifetime occasion. So, you deserve to not only look, but also feel your best. Don’t give up till you find the perfect outfit for the day. It should be a dress that feels just right in every way. Not only should it highlight your favorite features, it should also hide the less desirable ones. More importantly, the dress you wear should help you feel relaxed, comfortable and confident.

Keep looking till you find a dress that helps you feel like a better and more gorgeous version of yourself.

We hope these tips help you with your dress selection. Whether you prefer a simple wedding dress for your vow renewal or something different for this special day in your life, we can help you. Find inspiration from our vast gallery of bridal dresses and dresses for special occasions. Take a look at our evening dresses for special occasions at Best for Bride, and you are bound to find one that you love. Or browse through our collection of bridal dresses to shortlist your favorites.

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Trends we Love – Rainbow Inspired weddings!

rainbow-569864_1280We have seen various themes at weddings—some classic, some formal, some casual and others fun! We have seen a variety of color palettes, some of which were right, and some others that didn’t suit our taste!

A great part of the wedding experience is based on the colors in the décor. By executing a beautiful color palette, you can have a stunning wedding setting, that your guests will remember for long. If you are a girl who loves colors, but can’t get your mind around to which colors you ought to choose for your wedding, here is the solution! Go for a Rainbow Inspired wedding.

Doesn’t the name itself sound lively and bright?

Take inspiration from the rainbow, an element of nature that never ceases to marvel, and let your creativity free. With this theme, you will have a colorful and elegant wedding, if you do it right. Here are some tips to get you going.

Begin with your invitations

Choose your wedding invitation stationery in white or ivory card stock as the base, and add the details in various colors to allow your guests a sneak peek into the theme of your wedding. Err on the side of elegance, so your invitations don’t look as though they belong to a child’s birthday party.

Beautifully bright bridesmaids

Mix and match your bridesmaids dresses with colors that add up to VIBGYOR. You can choose a collection, and have your bridesmaids select dresses in different colors from it. For the groomsmen, specify the same colors for their ties or shirts, and your photos will pop with color. It is up to you to decide whether you want the colors to be bold and intense, or soft and light. Remember that the mood created by either choice is different, and go with what suits your personalities best.

Flowers and Centerpieces

Here is an idea for the bouquets—have separate bouquets for each of your bridesmaids in colors that match their dresses! Imagine how stunning the overall effect would be! Similarly for the boutonnieres for the groomsmen.

If you have a smaller budget, consider having your bridesmaids wear a neutral like black or gray, and bring in the colors of the rainbow through the bouquets they hold, and other accessories such as shoes and headpieces.

Mix and match flowers of various colors in the floral centerpieces, or else choose to have each centerpiece in a single color of the rainbow.

Decor

Choose appropriate décor elements, depending on whether you want the effect to be casual and inviting, or formal and sophisticated. Balloons and paper lanterns in various colors have a casual vibe, whereas textile curtains, multicolored lights and complex flower arrangements create a more formal touch. Keep the base white and the colors won’t clash with what is present.

Dessert and gift table

You can be daring and choose a multicolored tier-cake. Else, keep the base white, and decorate it with colorful floral elements, lace, hearts or other toppers. Or you could keep the frosting simple, but on the inside have layers in every color of the rainbow. Throw in colored macarons and cupcakes, arranged in the VIBGYOR order, and your setting is picture perfect. For wedding favors, use multicolored yarn or colored boxes to tie them to the theme.

For more wedding ideas and inspiration, visit us at Best for Bride.

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5 important duties of the bridesmaid

Bridesmaids are not just pretty faces in elegant gowns, who add a touch of glamour to the wedding venue. They are usually those girls who are closest to the bride, such as her sisters, cousins or closest friends. She trusts, and more importantly, depends on them for making her lifetime event a memorable one.

Bridesmaids support the bride throughout her wedding, right from the planning stage to the wedding day and even afterwards. There are many wedding-related duties that are performed by the bridesmaids, and they have a huge role in making the wedding a success.

Of the several responsibilities to be handled by the bridesmaids, here are the 5 noteworthy tasks they can take charge of.

1. Help the bride make her big and small decisions

Your friend will have hundreds of things to do for her wedding, and she is banking on her team of bridesmaids to get everything in order, on time. If she has questions or concerns and you have suggestions, provide it. If not, try to help her find an answer. If she asks you for your personal opinion on anything, give her your honest take on whatever it is.

2.Arrange the bridal shower and bachelorette party

Every bride deserves a fantastic bridal shower and bachelorette party, and it is the bridesmaids who plan and organize it for her. This is one of your most important duties, and you should put in some effort to make it memorable. Keep the bride in mind and plan the events in a way that she will love. Come up with some creative games, stock up on innovative bridal shower favors and help your friend enjoy her last celebration before she gets married.

3. Help with the wedding duties

There are a hundred or more big and small jobs to be completed, prior to the wedding. You will have to handle some of the errands for the day, but as a good friend volunteer to help before the wedding too. Offer to address some invitations, visit venues with her or if she needs help with deciding the décor, seating arrangement or planning the rehearsal dinner. Also, take care that your bridesmaids dress is purchased, altered and collected on time, so the bride doesn’t have to worry about it.

4. Help the bride prepare for the ceremony, reception and honeymoon

You can help the bride in organizing all her activities for her wedding day. Take charge of putting her packed bags in place, and making sure her emergency bridal kit is complete. Make arrangements to collect her bridal dress after the reception and put it away safely or send it to be preserved. Be available for any last minute emergencies, and help her cope with stress by being there for her.

5. Duties on the wedding day

Your important duties continue to the wedding day. You will have to be dressed in your bridesmaid dress on time and ready to run last-minute errands or collect deliveries. Assist the Maid of Honor and efficiently handle all the tasks delegated to you. Receive guests at the reception, direct them to the bar and get them to sign the guest book. Help with bustling the train, when it is time for the reception. Also accompany the bride on her restroom visits, should she require it.

For more valuable wedding-related tips and advice, visit Best for Bride.