Not just home to weddings, Las Vegas is also a popular spot for spontaneous vow renewals! Almost every hotel, chapel and venue offers vow renewal packages at a discounted cost, from the traditional to the thrilling. But, how do you make it your own? And what are some of the do’s and don’ts of renewing your wedding vows in Las Vegas?
A vow renewal or recommitment ceremony might be of interest to you because your initial wedding was lacklustre, or perhaps even completely disastrous. Bad weather, bad photography, bad food – maybe you’re looking to create new wedding memories or celebrate in a way that is more true to your style and beliefs.
Vow renewals are also common after a couple goes through a difficult time or if a significant anniversary is coming up.
Regardless of the reason, vow renewals are a wonderful way to rededicate yourselves, bring people together, and to celebrate your friends and family who have been with you through the years just as much as it is to celebrate yourselves and your marriage.
Do – Pick a Significant Date
The date of your vow renewal doesn’t have to be your wedding anniversary, but perhaps there is another date that has special meaning in your lives.
Do – Make It Meaningful
Work together to chose new phrases and readings that reflect your relationship and what it has gone through to include in the ceremony.
Don’t – Go Cookie Cutter
Think outside the box. A different time of day, like sunrise, or an unusual venue like a nightclub can make for an incredible event.
Do – Celebrate With Adrenaline
Las Vegas has a number of action packed options for thrill seekers. Repeat your vows over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, take a literal plunge from the top of the Stratosphere tower or while racing down a roller coaster! Many couples also make their vow renewal a fitness goal and re-tie the knot at the annual Rock n Roll Marathon.
Don’t – Limit Your Attire to White
Now’s your chance to wear whatever you are most comfortable in on your wedding day, and it doesn’t need to be white!
Do – Consider a Walk Down Memory Lane
Including your original wedding photos in a slide show or guest book or reusing an item of your wedding day attire like a veil, shoes or tie will bring in that “something old” element.
Do – Let them eat cake!
A bakery could work with you to replicate a smaller version of your original cake, or you can get the new cake of your dreams.
Don’t – Spend money on new rings.
Re-engraving your wedding rings is a nice way to mark the occasion and keep a budget.
Do – Hire a Photographer
iPhones and family members are great, but pros do such a better job of capturing significant life events! As a bonus you could get a really great portrait session as well.
Do – Keep It Poignant
Weave in elements of your original vows or ceremony, or include your original bridal party members.
Don’t – Stress Out!
Consider hiring a professional to help plan and organize the renewal.
Don’t – Forget The Best Part
What better excuse for a second honeymoon than a second wedding?
All images are by Star Thrower Photography. See more in this post: 10 Years On: A Creative + Playful Vegas Style Vow Renewal
I’m so happy to be sharing the first vow renewal featured on Little Vegas Wedding today – and it’s a gooder! Courtney and Eric chose Las Vegas to host their 10 year wedding anniversary and vow renewal, and had Star Thrower Photography come along for the ride.
Courtney and Eric’s original wedding was a two parter – a civil ceremony in California, and a larger more formal affair in their home state of Georgia. The reason this couple chose a vow renewal and that Vegas was the location was because they are currently expats, and in their years of living all over the world, they’ve picked up lots of new friends along the way. Friends that were not necessarily there for their initial wedding. So a Las Vegas vow renewal and party was just the ticket for all of these global friends to gather at.
Planning a wedding from some 10,000 miles away is a little bit of a challenge, but with the help of Scheme Events, Courtney and Eric turned this one out. This multi-part party featured a day before the renewal bridal photo session at the Neon Museum, the actual vow renewal officiated by Elvis at Little Church of the West Chapel, a group Strip tour in a monster limo, group portraits at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign and then an insuite afterparty.
Courtney rocked out a perfect little white lacy dress from ASOS paired with chic nude Louboutin pumps. The favors for the vow renewal were Elvis sunglasses, custom playing cards and personalized temporary tattoos by Buttonhead, a nod to Eric’s collection of real tattoos.
Despite high temperatures thwarting their group Strip tour (it’s hard to keep a huge limo full of people cool in temperatures well above 100 degrees, who knew?) a little detour had the group partying it up at Mandalay Bay in a Hospitality Suite in no time. Snacks, sushi and sweet treats, plus libations served up by a bartender kept the party going at this classic, totally Vegas vow renewal.
Courtney writes: “Looking back, we probably could’ve gone with a Vista Suite, but the Hospitality Suite was a great fit for our group. We also booked the adjoining suite where my photographer was able to put her equipment – nice and discreet. The adjoining suites provided us with 3 bathrooms, a great sound system and a television where we ran a video of photos from us through the years. The bar and seating added to the ‘house party’ vibe I was going for. Overall, Mandalay Bay was the right fit for us and our guests.”
Finally, since this is the first vow renewal featured on the blog, I asked Courtney if she had any tips for others planning Vegas vow renewals:
“I think early planning helps everyone – you and your guests. We told people over a year ahead so they could make plans (apply for visas, etc.). I also liked being able to check things off and pay for as much as possible in advance. When friends and family can add to their calendars and make arrangements earlier, I think it gives everyone something to look forward to. Our Facebook group for the party was one of constant updates and silly facts about Las Vegas.
“Also, if your original wedding was traditional and you’ve changed as a couple, the vow renewal gives you a chance to go crazy and get creative. Singing with Elvis and all our friends and family was a special memory.”
I’m so stealing all of these ideas for my vow renewal. :)
Vendor and Venue Details:
Photographer: Star Thrower Photography / Wedding Venue: Little Church of the West Chapel / Reception + Afterparty Venue: Mandalay Bay Hospitality Suite / Wedding Coordinator: Scheme Events / Wedding Dress: ASOS Lace Dress with Scalloped Neck / Hair + Makeup: Harmony Medina (also for Courtney’s mom, sister and best friend) / Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. / Menswear: Zara, Express Men / Catering: Masterpiece Cuisine, Hokaido Sushi / Cupcakes: Sin City Cupcakes / Bartender: Culinary Pros / Transport: NTS Limo / Custom Temporary Tattoos: Ali Puckett of Buttonhead
BONUS: If you are interested to see how Courtney conceived ideas to incorporate into her vow renewal, be sure to check out her Pinterest board of inspiration. It’s awesome to see how much of it came into reality!
Love that Eric got a manicure!
YES! A hadouken wedding photo!!