It’s been years since you last saw (or even fit) into your wedding dress. You don’t remember what your wedding cake looked like or what song you and dear old dad danced to. And last you heard, that adorable little flower girl who walked down the aisle on your wedding day is now getting ready for college. Suffice to say, you haven’t felt like a newlywed for quite some time. But if you wanted to, there are ways to do so without breaking the bank or turning back time. Here, six ways to feel like you just got hitched all over again.
Have brunch with your bridesmaids.
Get in touch with your best girlfriends from the past and ask them to bring old photos from the wedding and other memorabilia they might still have. Pore over each one and trade backstories about what happened over quiche and cakes. “It’s been 10 years since I got married, but whenever my wedding comes up, I would still hear about something that happened while I was getting ready in the hotel room or while I was busy with other guests,” says Cecile, 33.
Create a throwback playlist.
With a little help from your wedding tape and the Internet, you can compile a list of songs that were uso the year that you got married. Did you slow dance with your man to Lenny Kravitz’s “Again” or dance the night away to Abigail’s “Let the Joy Rise?” Send the playlist to your husband at work as a cute surprise.
Display new old wedding photos.
Go through your wedding album again, but this time, leave your staged photos in and bring out those candid shots that didn’t make it on the mantel. “We still have a lot of photos that never saw print,” says Maya, 28. “Some of them were taken with my mom’s digital camera, while the others came from friends.”
Write new vows.
Compose a personal letter to your man. Write about how much your relationship has grown since the wedding and what you still look forward to at the end of the day. Ask him to do the same and pick a special occasion to recite your new vows to each other.
Go on a honeymoon.
Did you and hubby originally plan to go to Japan or Australia but settled for a cheaper, local trip instead on your honeymoon? This is your chance to go the extra mile for your marriage—literally. Plan the ultimate trip with your man, but give yourself a lot of lead time. Pick your destination, accommodations, and itinerary with great care, so you can enjoy every single minute of your second honeymoon.
Recreate your wedding.
If you have the budget for it, renew your vows in an actual ceremony. Ask a wedding planner to help you get everything right down to the last detail. Ask the same people to be your bridesmaids, flower girls, and ring bearers. Don’t want to spend too much? You can try recreating certain parts of your special day instead such as the cake, the photos, or your wedding dress.
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