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Renewal of wedding vows: Wolwedans Dune Lodge, Namibia

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As some of you know, my husband, Pete, and I are renewing our wedding vows next year when we visit Wolwedans Dune Lodge at the end of our special, two-month Southern Africa trip.

I've been giving a lot of thought to that ceremony and would value any little thoughts or ideas any of you may be able to contribute.

I'm not intending to take very dressy clothes as our luggage limitations are very light - I haven't yet worked out how we'll deal with the issue of taking enough luggage for a self drive 5 week tour in South Africa without going over the low weight limits allowed on the following 3 week fly-in itinerary. So this dictates that the ceremony not be overly formal or stuffy. Which suits us both perfectly.

I am hoping to be able to get new wedding rings commissioned in time - we both outgrew our original bands not long after we were married. By lucky coincidence I found that Pete's larger ring fit my wedding finger so we swapped and he started wearing my band on his little finger, where it fit. But it slipped off somewhere, long ago, so now we only have one original band remaining. We both agree that the bands are simply a symbol of the wedding, the actual metal of the actual bands aren't imbued with some special magic, so we're happy to buy new bands and exchange those at this renewal ceremony. I hope I can get these in time.

Other than that I haven't given a huge amount of thought.

I believe the manager of the lodge, who we met before, and the manager/ guide/ conservationist, Louise, who we met and really clicked with, have both agreed to be part of our ceremony. As it's not an actual wedding there's no legal stuff involved and we can do what we want.

What I was thinking was that we could pick a location in the reserve (not too far from the lodge) during drives the previous day. We could write a simple ceremony which the manager could officiate for us. Louise could pass us the rings and/ or take a few pics.

I can't decide whether we'd ask other guests to join us (assuming we like them!) or what else we should be thinking of.

Any thoughts?

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