Second Time Bride
Tips & Etiquette for Your Second Wedding
Love never goes out of style and, whether it’s your first love or your second marriage, it should always be cherished and celebrated.
As long as good taste prevails, your wedding will be an event filled with things that represent your love and make you happy, even if it’s not your first. While the details may seem daunting, we’re here to prove that your “I Do’s” don’t have to be more complicated simply because it’s the second time.
How Big Should It Be?
Instead of the “go big or go home” mentality that is so common for first marriages, an intimate and more private affair might be more appropriate – and more of what you and your fiancé desire. Consider inviting your closest friends and family to join you for a wedding in your living room and a reception in the backyard. Or, have a select group travel with you to the beach for a secluded ceremony and intimate reception on the sand. If you’re looking for a more casual way to celebrate your union, take a trip to the courthouse and then head to your favorite local restaurant for lunch. A smaller wedding will also help cut down on expenses, which can be a relief especially when you have children to raise and mortgages to pay.
Just remember, the size of the celebration is not a reflection of how you two feel about one another – even if you’re having cocktails with a half a dozen friends after a late afternoon trip to City Hall, it’s the love in the room that really counts!
What Should It Cost?
Most couples plan and pay for a second wedding on their own, so be sure to discuss your budget realistically and stick to it. You’d be surprised how easy it is to have a luxurious celebration if you keep the guest list small, or how many people you can celebrate with if you’re willing to have a more casual daytime affair.