Second Marriages: The Rules Have Changed!


second wedding dress
Pinterest



second wedding dress
Pinterest

Wedding Etiquette for Encore Brides

Is this Marriage Mach 2? Wedding etiquette for encore brides has changed! Second weddings are usually smaller than first weddings – and more personal. Couples marrying for the second time are mature enough to know exactly what they want, and many have already done the big wedding thing and want to celebrate with close friends and family only. Besides, priorities are different this time ’round. Many couples have careers, homes and children, and no longer feel pressured by their families – or society – to throw a traditional wedding.

If entering into a second marriage, wedding plans don’t have to be less elaborate. Many encore brides and grooms want to throw big shindigs, and that’s just fine!

When planning a second wedding, keep the following things in mind:

  • Wear a traditional white wedding gown if you want. The ‘no white’ rule no longer applies.
  • Feel free to register for gifts. If you already have all the household items you require, consider setting up a honeymoon registry or having guests donate to your favorite charities.
  • If divorced and want a church wedding, check with the cleric before your wedding date to make sure the church allows second weddings. If you get turned down, try a nondenominational minister, or go the civil ceremony route.
  • Consider a destination wedding–always a popular choice for second weddings.
  • If you have kids, involve them in the ceremony. This is a great way to get them excited about your nuptials.

Check out a few ideas for getting children involved:

  • Encourage kids to offer input on wedding decisions, such as music, favors and anything else. This helps them feel included.
  • If kids are artistic or love crafts, commission them to make favors, place cards, invitations, wedding programs, etc. Also have them help decorate the venue.
  • A young daughter can be your flower girl or ring bearer, while a young son can serve as ring bearer.
  • Preteens? Make them junior bridesmaids or junior ushers. Teens and adults can serve as bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, maids of honor or best men.
  • Have a child give a reading or a speech if desired.
  • If a child is plays an instrument have him or her perform during the ceremony or reception.
  • Don’t force kids into anything. Ask them if they want to participate, and what they would like to do.
second wedding with kids
Style Me Pretty

Keep these tips in mind and throw your dream wedding! Have fun!

Suggested Posts

Question: I am divorced and kept my ex’s last name due to simplicity and career. I am newly and wonderfully engaged. This is my fiance’s first wedding, and he’d like our new start and our relationship as a whole to have nothing to do with the ex, and I wholeheartedly agree. And then there are …

0 184.4k
Share

Some of the most challenging details when planning your wedding reception revolve around the meal — what will you serve and how (buffet? plated?), who will sit where, who should you seat at each table and so on. Relax! It’s normal to be nervous about bringing two different sides of family and friends together at …

0 184.7k
Share
vow renewal planning ideas

Vow renewal ceremonies are becoming increasingly popular with couples who have enjoyed many years of marriage together. They provide an opportunity for you and your partner to reaffirm your commitment to each other, and to celebrate your successful union with friends and family. Whether your marriage has been a happy one or you’ve suffered some …

0 185.8k
Share

Wedding trends are changing, and it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and and more vows being exchanged throughout the autumn and winter seasons. From rustic, fall celebrations to glamorous, fairy-tale inspired winter weddings, it’s become quite the showcase. But that also means trends in gowns are changing to suit the needs of these cooler …

0 186.9k
Share

Via After the sadness, the anger and the grieving period passes – if it ever completely does, when is the right time to start dating and thinking about love again? Those are the types of questions we’re confronting today. The Question: How long should you wait to date after the death of a spouse? “When …

0 190.3k
Share

Question: My husband is in the army and we are just now able to have a ceremony due to deployments. We’ve set the date (for the third time…crossing our fingers) now we need to know how to go about invitations. First of all how should we word the invitations? He and I are paying for …

0 185.3k
Share