Dancing with my new sister-in-law in my dress by Azadeh at my wedding in 2003
Back in the early years of this blog, I was a little bit obsessed with throwing a vow-renewal party and wearing a hippie wedding dress to the event. September 2013 marked our 10th anniversary, so that seemed like the perfect opportunity, and a great excuse for a party and a new dress. OK, you know what I’m going to say. I’m obsessing again.
Back then, my attentions were diverted in the direction of a certain little girl, and instead in 2013 we put our resources into a party to celebrate her adoption. Now, as we approach our 11th anniversary, I’m at it again. (If you’ve been reading the blog since the beginning, you might be rolling your eyes and thinking OH GOD THIS AGAIN but please bear with me because I need your help). In the meantime, a couple of friends have complained about being invited to vow renewals. I think the words “cheesy,” “unnecessary,” and possibly “sappy,” were used. Avoiding all those adjectives is top on my party-planning list.
So I’d love to hear what you think, dear readers. How do you feel about vow renewals? Would you be psyched to be invited to one? Would you throw one yourself? Have you been to one? It would also have to low-budget, considering my recent change in employment. Also note that I would institute a strict no-gift policy—I’m not sure people would feel obliged to bring one but it would just be egregious to expect them. We have all the flatware we need at this point.
I guess I can’t let go of the idea because: 1. The fact that we’ve stayed together this long truly deserves to be celebrated; 2. When I planned my wedding back in 2003, I was less aesthetically inclined than I am now—basically I want a do-over for both dress and decor; 3. I love throwing parties. Alternately, we could totally celebrate privately and take a big trip somewhere, or something. Won’t you please talk me in or out of this idea once and for all??