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Kim ~mom to one awesome dd (12)
I think if its done as an anniversary vow renewal they are actually fairly common and not seen as strange. The only thing I think you might have to give up is the registry...people should give gifts if they come but they will be smaller gifts as obviously you aren't starting a household together. Other than that, I can't think of a single wedding tradition you can't go ahead and do 5 or 7 or 10 years later especially if you never really had a first wedding. Its so nice that now your kids can be involved. And no one worries about the "white" thing anymore, wear whatever you want.
As far as expense, do it on a reasonable budget, it sounds like the things that are important to you don't require going over the top with price but more just having your family there and getting to do the ritual aspect.
Before you do it though I would try and sort through all the reasons this is SO important, just because there might be other issues hiding "under" this one, and you don't want to go through all the planning and doing it and find it was really the "underneath" issues that were the important ones.
As far as DH's family its up to him to let them know that this is really important and he wants them there.
Good luck! I hope you do it...if you don't want to wait til your 10th I'm thinking 7 years is a good time to celebrate, and it will give you just the right amount of planning time
What about an anniversary ceremony with a renewal of vows? Set it up like you would a wedding. What's stopping you from doing what you want?
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