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Posted 5/22/2010 by Nikki Dee in NSBR Board
 

Nikki Dee
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Posted: 5/22/2010 9:10:45 PM
Hubby & I were married at the registry office in Perth, Australia back in 2005 and the only family there was my sister. We didn't have the time or money to do it the traditional way and his family weren't able to fly over (he is from here) so we decided not to make a big deal out of it.

So anyway, we moved here and have thought about having a vow renewal ceremony so we can have the wedding we never had with all of his family and friends here.

The problem is we are not well off by any means and neither is his family. We were thinking of doing it at a really pretty park nearby and having a casual reception afterwards.

I am not sure what to do about food etc.

Any ideas?

Thanks

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Posted: 5/22/2010 9:16:06 PM
Nikki when are you wanting to do this?

I can give you some ideas.

how are you kitchen skills? do you have anyone who can help you?

how much time do you have prepare food etc

do you belong to sam's club?

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Posted: 5/22/2010 9:26:38 PM
Sounds like a great idea!! Tell everyone it's a simple celebration and for your sake keep it simple!!!

Alcohol is expensive - you don't have to have it if you don't want to.

Salad, fruit salad, rigatoni, fried chicken etc. keep it easy, and in keeping w/ a park setting.

Or have it in the early afternoon, and have a dessert reception. Cookies, cakes, brownies etc.

Nikki Dee
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Posted: 5/22/2010 9:31:16 PM
I was thinking of doing it in April next year. I wanted to try to do it when all the trees are blooming.

We are Sam's club members and I am a fairly good cook! Hubby's mother and grandmother will probably be able to help, especially his grandmother, she is the kitchen queen!

I like the dessert reception idea! (Might have to get an elastic dress!)


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Posted: 5/22/2010 10:00:17 PM
oh you have lots of time to plan.

We renewed our vows in august for our 25th anniversary. I did all the food myself, including the 3 tiered cake.

the best thing you can do right now is figure out your budget, how many people you want to have and from there you can figure out what you can do food/theme wise.

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Posted: 5/22/2010 10:03:32 PM
Is there a community college or HS near you with a culinary arts program. Our HS has a class that will do light catering for a pretty reasonable price. They do it for the practice and the food was delicious. Their teacher oversees the whole function of course. You might look into that.

Congrats on your vow renewal. I think a ceremony at a park would be beautiful. Best wishes.

Heather

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Posted: 5/22/2010 10:13:16 PM
Make sure you check with City Parks and Rec. for wherever you are.
You may need to pull a permit.

I've seen a few park and a beach wedding get closed down mid party.

Nikki Dee
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Posted: 5/22/2010 10:23:22 PM
The park we are using has a fee for weddings so I assume the permit is included in that?

I have no idea but I will make sure to check!

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Posted: 5/22/2010 11:01:59 PM
Just remember that your family and friends will be there to see you renew your vows - not because of what you are going to serve.

One of the most memorable weddings I've been to was in a small country-style church and then we all walked to a nearby park area (escorted by bagpipes since they were of Scottish heritage) and they had a picnic style reception with sandwiches, cold salads, lemonade, and cake. It was relaxing and friendly - and it was memorable to me because it was so simple.

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Posted: 5/22/2010 11:14:59 PM
Yes, the park 'fee' is for their permit. Have you located a Wedding Officiant yet? And you can write your own renewal vows if you wish, or have your Officiant provide you with some that you can customize or go with them as they are.

Do you want a wedding arch set up? You could get one from say a Big Lots store when they go on sale in a month or so, save it till next spring and then decorate it. It could then become a permanent part of your garden decor. I love wedding arches and have one from my wedding business as part of my home decor.

What do you plan to wear, have you decided?

Nikki Dee
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Posted: 5/23/2010 4:43:58 PM
My husbands best friend is a preacher and we are hoping he is able to come down here to do the ceremony.

There is a pretty gazebo at the park we want to use. Here is a photo of it I took last year:



I do like the idea of keeping the arch though. I might look into that too. Maybe I could put the arch in front of the gazebo and we could walk under it maybe?

I want to wear a pretty dress, not entirely sure what yet, I want to lose some weight first

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Posted: 5/23/2010 10:36:36 PM
that gazebo is pretty.

I would book early
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