Ideas for Renewing Your Vows

If you want to celebrate a milestone in your marriage, or just remind each other of your growing love, consider a vow renewal celebration.  You can make it an intimate gathering or even host a huge party. Whether you go big or small, here are a few great ideas for celebrating.    

Destination

Did you fall in love with your honeymoon destination? Plan a return visit! For many couples, taking a trip down memory lane and reminiscing about the romantic newlywed moments is a fantastic to keep the spark alive. Even better, do it in the exact location where your journey as a couple began.  While you are there, find an officiant to renew your vows. It will be a treat to compare honeymoon photos with your visit years later.

Ceremony

Many couples who are celebrating a milestone anniversary like to host a gathering of family and friends.  These ceremonies tend to mimic an actual wedding, but the possibilities are endless. If you like being escorted down the aisle followed by a seated dinner with dancing, this is your chance!  Or, be creative and change things up a little.  Allowing time for friends and family to toast during this type of celebration can affirm how you have grown together over the years.  

Unprompted Fun

If all the planning causes extra stress, but you are still interested in renewing your vows, consider a more spontaneous option.  The Las Vegas strip is filled with Elvis impersonators who would love to take part! But, if blue suede shoes aren’t your thing, think of all the things you and your husband enjoy together. If you like to hike, take it to the top of a mountain and express your unending love with nature.  If bowling is your thing, take it to the lanes and ask them to play your favorite song to follow. Making it your own is what really counts. 

Marriage is a beautiful thing and deserves to be celebrated. There is no right or wrong way to do it, so enjoy yourselves…and congratulations on your time together! 

Adding Fun to Your Reception

Keeping your guests involved at your wedding reception is key to making it a success. Engage them, surprise them and let them walk away remembering how much fun they had! Here are a few clever ideas for a fabulously fun celebration. 

Added Surprises

After you tie in all your favorite traditions, excite the crowd with surprise entertainment.  This can be in the form of a guest who wants to sing for the happy couple, a performance from children who want to pay tribute, or a fireworks send off at the end of the evening. 

Dancing

Nothing wrong with spicing up your first dance!  Sure, start off slow and sweet, but after a minute or so, turn up the heat and break it down. If you are into line dancing, this is a great time to invite guests to jump in and finish your first dance in sync. 

Games

Adding in a few games at your reception is a great way to be interactive. Mixed with cocktails, dinner, and dancing, this will keep your guests from wanting to sneak out the back door.  Here are examples of wedding game hits.

Stand up Sit Down Game: Prepare a series of questions and ask your guests to stand beside their seats.  Once a question is read out loud, whoever the answer is applicable to must sit down. For example, “If you didn’t believe the bride and groom would go on a second date, sit down.” Make the questions light hearted and fun!

Corn hole: This game is always a hit for outdoor weddings.  It is an effortless way to entertain kids, old college friends (who are still a little competitive), and those who find it awkward to stand around the dance floor. 

Piñata: Who said the are only for kids? Even adults will get a good laugh out of this one. 

Weddings are always filled with excitement, but it is good to add some flare and veer off the familiar path. Your wedding day will be extra special when you tie in a few extra laughs, collaboration, and some friendly competition. So, don’t hold back, have a ball!

 

 

Enjoy Richmond and Petersburg Spring & Summer Festivals

There is an abundance of upcoming spring and summer festivals in the Richmond, Hampton & Petersburg areas this year! Whether you’re looking for something new, something local, fun for the kids, or entertainment for adults – there’s a festival for you to enjoy!

Dogwood Wine Festival

http://wineforcures.com/dogwoodwinefestival/

April 23rd

Reynolds Building – Richmond, VA

A fun outdoor event for you and your friends, participating in the Dogwood Wine Festival also helps fund cancer research through the Wine for Cures public charity. With over 60 wine exhibits everyone is bound to find something tasty!

Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration

http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/MothersDayWeekendCelebration/

May 6-8th

Lewis Ginter Gardens – Richmond, VA

The weekend celebration of Mom kicks off on Friday, May 6 with National Public Gardens Day. This day is designed to promote awareness of public gardens. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will have its historic Bloemendaal House open to the public from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with free tours by knowledgeable Garden Guides where you can learn more about the history of the property as the Lakeside Wheel (or bicycle) Club built in the 1890s.  The celebration continues throughout the weekend.

Disney’s The Lion King at Altria Theater

http://www.richmond-theater.com/theaters/altria-theater/the-lion-king

April 19th through May 8th

Enjoy this Disney Classic at Altria Theater in Richmond with the whole family!  Over 80 million tickets sold to this spectacular stage performance of an unforgettable tale.  The Lion King has won six Tony Awards to include Best Musical and is recommended for children ages six and older.  If you enjoy Broadway productions and theatrical storytelling, you won’t want to miss this!

East Coast Triathlon Festival

http://www.endorphinfitness.com/races-events/east-coast-triathlon-festival/

May 1st

The Liberty University Online Academy East Coast Triathlon Festival is a full day triathlon event on May 1, 2016 with races for all ages and experience levels.  All races are completed on a course completely closed to traffic with multiple loops encircling the viewing area so that it is very spectator friendly. The course is perfect for the beginner of all ages. Bring your entire family out to race and make sure to watch the Youth & Junior Elite Race as well as this is only one of three in the country and will host 300 of the top 13-19 year old athletes in North America who are on the US Olympic track as they race head-to-head. Come be part of the most unique triathlon experience in the country.

 41st Annual Richmond Greek Festival

http://www.greekfestival.com/

June 2nd – 5th

Join the celebration this year at the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral from Thursday, June 2nd through Sunday, June 5th, 2016.  There will be plenty of food, music, and dancing and entertainment for the whole family!   There will be a tour of the sanctuary along with beautiful art, jewelry and amazing finds in the International Bazaar.

Innsbrook Pavilion After Hours Presents Jake Owen

http://innsbrookafterhours.com/concert-schedule/jake-owen/

July 15th, Doors open at 5:00 pm

“Guided by sheer musical instinct, a drive for self-improvement and a willingness to experiment, the singer-songwriter has crafted Barefoot Blue Jean Night as one of the most innovative and refreshing country collections of the year.” Come see Jake Owen live at Innsbrook Pavilion in Glen Allen!

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens Butterflies Live Exhibit

http://www.lewisginter.org/event/butterflies-live/2016-04-15/

Friday, April 15, 2016 – Sunday, October 9, 2016

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles.