Getting married again? Whether you decide to have an elaborate affair or a simple ceremony, the choice is up to you. You’ve been there and done that. Now you’re getting married again. Perhaps you eloped for your first wedding and this time around you want the “wedding of your dreams”.
Second weddings are very special to the bride and groom. They could have a better appreciation for what marriage means and how it feels to be in love. They are planning their wedding as adults and will want to make it a very special day. The planning of the wedding can cause some stress but there are many things you can do to make it easier for yourself and your guests. Here are some tips on planning a second wedding:
Type of ceremony for a second wedding?
If you want the ceremony to take place in a church or temple, you must first ask your minister or rabbi. Some faiths do not allow second marriages to take place in their place of worship. If this is the case, you can get married at home or a special site with a justice of the peace.
With your first wedding, you may have had to pull together a guest list of hundreds of people — those who expected to be invited to the big day. This time around, you may have just a handful of people on your guest list, but you’ll still get plenty of advice from well-meaning family and friends.
When it comes time to plan your second (or third) wedding, follow these tips to keep everyone happy.
- Keep it simple. A small celebration with family and close friends might be all that’s needed for a second wedding. “You can cut back on the ceremony and reception because this is not your first marriage,” says Eimaj Events in New York City. “The second wedding does not need to be as extravagant as the first.” A destination wedding or elopement might be perfect for your second marriage, especially if you want something more intimate than a large public gathering.
- Be selective with vendors. If you’re planning a large event, select a venue that provides in-house catering and other services so that you don’t have to coordinate multiple vendors for your special day. If you’re having an intimate ceremony without many guests, consider having
Second wedding – What to wear?
Before you decide on what to wear, you must decide on the formality of the wedding. For the elaborate wedding you may decide to wear a traditional, white gown or a long white dress with colour in the trim and in your accessories. Remember, a second-time bride should not wear a veil. If you are opting for the more simple ceremony, a suit or cocktail dress is a good choice. The groom can wear semiformal wedding attire or even a business suit.