Wedding Etiquette: Can We Have Another Wedding?

Q:

My fiance and I married in a civil wedding ceremony due to an immigration issue and we were unable to afford the kind of wedding we really wanted to have. It's been a couple of years now, and as I watch our engaged friends get married, I can't help but feel that we missed out. Would it be totally inappropriate to get married again just to have the total wedding experience?

A:

Not at all! Since you're already legally married, it would actually be a vow renewal -- a celebration of your marriage where you re-recite your vows and reaffirm your love and commitment to each other. And etiquette-wise, though many couples choose to be a bit more informal with vow renewal ceremonies, there's no reason why you can't go all out, from fancy invites to a big white dress (and of course, a fabulous party with your nearest and dearest).