Wedding Renewal Invitations

Wondering if you should send wedding renewal invitations? Our experts explain the answer in this comprehensive guide.

By Maggy Lehmicke

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So you’ve decided to celebrate your ongoing commitment to one another with a vow renewal ceremony (congratulations!), but are having trouble deciding whether invitations are worth it?

In order to decide whether or not you should send vow renewal invitations, there are a few things you need to consider. Here, we break it all down.

When Was Your Wedding?

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If you’re celebrating your 40th anniversary, the inclination to invest some money in the experience is well warranted and you’ll likely want that to be demonstrated through beautiful, personalized invitations. However, if your wedding was less than five years ago, it might make more sense to just go digital or skip the invitations altogether to avoid any unnecessary expenses.

Who Are the Attendees?

If tradition is important in your group of family and friends—or you simply think they’d appreciate a formal invite—then it might be worth it to invest in vow renewal invitations. Additionally, if your wedding was years ago and you’re inviting a whole new group of individuals, then official invitations might be a nice acknowledgment. Just be sure to keep your loved ones in mind and go with what feels right.

What Kind of Event Is It?

Is it intimate or large? Formal or casual? Just as with a wedding, these are important questions to ask before you send out a set of invites, as they often play a role in setting the “tone” for the whole event. For example, a backyard barbecue with a brief ceremony might feel too relaxed for custom wedding invitations, but a 100-person event that’s reminiscent of a wedding may warrant a more official declaration.

Keeping guest count in mind, the number of invitees is another determining factor. If you plan on inviting only 10 of your closest loved ones, then invitations may be overkill. However, for a ceremony and party of more than 50 people, professional invitations are a nice touch and make the event feel more “official.”

Where Is the Vow Renewal Taking Place?

This is another important consideration for multiple reasons. Number one being that providing print invitations for a destination vow renewal or one at a wedding venue is a great way to convey all the event information in a simple, concise way. You’ll be less likely to get inundated with questions about routes to take, where to park, and places to stay. If you’re hosting the vow renewal in your backyard, however, feel free to skip the official invites altogether.

Did You Think Invitations Were Worth the Expense the First Time Around?

This is arguably one of the most important questions to ask yourself as a couple. If your wedding bills made you sick for weeks or you felt like the professional stationery was ultimately a miniscule detail, then maybe it’s in your best interest to follow your gut. However, if you had a budget wedding and made your invitations by hand, maybe you’re looking forward to splurging this time around. Either way, thinking through this decision will make sure it’s something you’re less likely to regret.

So You’ve Decided Invitations Are a Good Idea. What’s Next?

Once you’ve made your decision and are ready to send out vow renewal invitations, there are a few (likely familiar!) steps to keep in mind.

Make a Budget

This means researching wedding vendors and coming up with realistic expectations of what invitations are going to cost. If you’re working with a tighter budget, consider pre-designed options (like these lovely dip-dyed invites on Etsy) or opt to make them yourself.

Consider Digital Over Print

Depending on the audience (and how many of them actually check their email), digital invitations are often a more cost-effective and eco-friendly option when it comes to sending custom wedding invitations for your special day. They’re also a lot less likely to get lost in the mail. Today, with the diversity of options available online, you’ll likely be able to find something both personal and beautiful that you can distribute via the web.

Try Designing Them Yourself.

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Put your DIY skills to the test and either fix up an existing design or start from scratch and design something yourself. (Just make sure you’re realistic about how much time you have before taking on a project of this magnitude.)

If you’d rather start with a template in place, it’s easy to rework many of Zola’s pre-existing invitations or save the dates for a vow renewal ceremony. “We still do!” or “Celebrate with us!” are some simple wording choices you can use to create your custom wedding invitation design.

If you’ve decided that you want to send out wedding invitations for your special day, shop Zola’s wide selection of wedding stationery. We have everything you need in order to celebrate your love in style.

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