Vow Renewals for less

Apr 17, 2018
outdoor civil ceremony

Vow renewals are wonderful and significant events. Of course, they cost money.  But one advantage of a vow renewal over a wedding, say, is that you have control. You decide the budget (not your parents) and choose the type of ceremony you will have (not your parents!!!).

If, however, the idea of saving some money appeals, you might like to bear the following in mind:

What season?

If you’re booking a hall or room, autumn and winter tend to be the quietest times – and the most likely to be open for negotiation when asking for quotes.  Avoid the Christmas/New Year period and Valentine’s Day too.

What time?

A morning ceremony and reception can work out very well for you, as brunch will cost a lot less than dinner. Moreover, people will be  less likely to want alcohol at this time of day, which should save you a lot.

Which location?

If you are members of a church or synagogue, you will probably have to pay very little, if you decide to use their facilities. However, if you shop around, you may find municipal historic buildings and gardens available at a surprisingly low cost. If it’s to be a small ceremony, you could consider holding it at home (although you may have to hire equipment, which can add to your bill considerably).

How many guests?

Food and drink are the biggest costs. If inviting people from work, try spare hurt feelings by doing it by department etc. You may not need to invite children. And why invite someone you haven’t seen in years?

Invitations and programmes

Today’s 10-year-old can design and print off invitations and programmes – and may not even want paying! You can also save money if friends or relatives can prepare something they may do as a hobby – I’m thinking of flower arrangements, or a musical entertainment. Perhaps they can lay on a luxurious car, for example.

Food and Drink

If you want a theme, choose one which is less expensive (such as “A Day in Italy”). Pasta and the like are popular but not dear. If you have a bar, limit what you offer for free.


It is normally cheaper to buy locally-grown flowers. It is worth telling your florist that you do expect to cut costs!

Finally …

Start planning early and concentrate on the essentials. Then you can ensure you have a wonderful event.

And you may even be within budget!


Michael will be happy to advise you on setting up a Vow Renewal ceremony.