A common question asked about second weddings have to do with guest etiquette. More specifically: should guests bring gifts to your second wedding? In this article we break down: Second wedding guest etiquette Gift ideas Expectations via Readers Ask If I’m attending a second wedding, am I expected to bring a gift? When you receive …

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You received your invite, you bought a gift off the registry or wrote a check, and now it’s time to decide what you’re going to wear. A wedding is a great excuse to get fancy, and it’s always fun to see everyone dressed up and looking fabulous. If you are wondering what the heck you …

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Wondering what gifts are best for the wedding you are attending is pretty darn common. Do you go with the registry, or a monetary gift? If opting for the latter, how much should you spend? Weddings are expensive in terms of parties/special events, which is why free booze is a reception staple. Any couple that …

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If you are wondering if you should schedule the bachelorette and bachelor party on the same day, you are hardly alone. Many have asked this question, whether getting married for the first, second, third, etc. time. Review some of the benefits of holding bachelor and bachelorette parties on the same day to determine if it’s …

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If you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile to get to a destination wedding, you do not–repeat do not–have to spend a lot on a gift. A destination wedding that requires traveling a long distance usually means spending serious money, after all! Your Presence Is A Gift Traveling to a Caribbean island, somewhere in Europe, …

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No kids allowed etiquette.

You allowed kids to come to your first wedding, and for whatever reason it was a disaster that scarred you for life. If you would rather not do the same for your second wedding but would rather not offend anyone, don’t panic. There’s plenty you can do to ensure ankle-biters do not attend your wedding. …

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What makes a wonderful rehearsal dinner that everyone will enjoy as much as the wedding? Read on to find out! You might have had a less-than-stellar rehearsal dinner at your first wedding, however you can ensure Rehearsal Dinner Mach 2 is exactly what you want. Formal Or Not Make your rehearsal dinner as formal or …

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Being a groomsman is more than showing up in a tux and drinking with your buddies. There’s numerous things to take care of to ensure the wedding is a raging success. Take your role as a groomsman seriously, especially if your friend or brother’s first wedding was at a city hall and he’s new to …

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If you’re attending a destination wedding for the first time and are wondering if bringing a gift is necessary, you’re hardly alone. Whether it’s a friend or family member’s first, second, third, or sixth marriage, you’ll be relieved to know showing up “empty-handed” is not a big deal. This is especially true if you’re traveling …

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Chinese wedding etiquette isn’t terribly different from Western wedding etiquette, particularly if the bride and groom are sticking to more modern practices. However, it’s still important to note assorted Chinese wedding do’s and don’ts before making your way to the ceremony hall. Check out the following to ensure yourself a good time: Color Code Traditionally, …

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If the invitations were a fail with your first wedding, don’t allow history to repeat itself. Use the following advice about wedding invite wording to create invitations that follow etiquette protocol and look great besides! Hosting Your Wedding Since this is your second wedding, you’re probably hosting, right? Write the invitation so it says “[Your …

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Planning a vow renewal ceremony, but unclear or unsure about what the officiant should say? Don’t worry. There’s really no wrong thing for the officiant to discuss so long as it is about the love you and your partner share. Vow renewal ceremonies are often more personal than weddings, as they provide the chance to …

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Most people have a basic understanding of wedding etiquette, however there are still a number of etiquette mistakes most couples didn’t know they were making. Rather than joining this group of brides and grooms, take the following mistakes into consideration and avoid repeating them as you plan your nuptials for the second time: No Wedding …

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Can’t decide what to wear to your 25th anniversary vow renewal ceremony? You’re hardly alone. Many struggle with what to wear to such special occasions! Yet fear not, there’s plenty of excellent advice floating around the internet concerning your silver anniversary. Review a few ideas to get started, and remember to have fun! Location Where …

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Question: I hear what’s being said loud and clear: if your married you cannot have another “wedding” unless you’ve divorced at first. However, my confusion is in regards to what occurs during a renewal, convalidation or whatever purpose it is, other than the initial wedding (I’ll stick with renewal for simplicity). First dance, Giving away, …

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Questions: My siblings and I are planning my parents 50th wedding anniversary out of state. I would like to have some type of religious ceremony but don’t know the difference between a marriage blessing and vow renewal. My parents are both Catholic (my father is a Deacon on sabbatical) however there were not married in …

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Vow Renewal Reception Question: My husband and I will be renewing our vows on our 15th wedding anniversary March 2008. We eloped the first time without any friends or family present. Our original witnesses at the civil wedding were a couple in line with us at the City Hall. So no one we knew was …

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Question: I am engaged to a widower. He was married for a year to his spouse before she passed away. We have been dating for a little over a year. He is very close to her family. They had no children together. I have three children who love him dearly. He wants to continue celebrating …

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Question: My fiance has two children, 9 and 7. We were recently engaged. We have lived together for about a year, and dated for another year prior. I have a wonderful relationship with both children, and very thankfully with my fiance’s ex-wife. We are so lucky in fact, that people often comment on how civil …

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ivory wedding dress older bride

Ivory Colored Wedding Dress for My Second Marriage My fiance and I are in our late 50’s and plan on being married next month. This will be a second marriage for both of us. We are having a small (<50 people) and simple afternoon ceremony at our church with a champagne reception back at our …

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Question: My husband and I will celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary in July. The marriage was never “easy”, but over the last two years our relationship deteriorated. We faced several major life stressors with our child and careers. The resulting depression made things even harder. The fights were becoming more frequent. After a while, we …

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Hello. My sister passed away from cancer 4 months ago within 1 year of her diagnosis. During the time she was fighting for her life, my brother-in-law was communicating with an old flame. During her chemo treatments he was very mean to her, I won’t go into details but he made her very sad and …

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Question: My husband passed away a sudden death about 10 months ago. We were married almost 40 years.I loved him dearly, he was my lover and best friend. I miss his laughs, hugging, holding hands, just being together – we did everything together. Now he’s gone and I feel so alone. I’ve been very lonely …

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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 …

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Marrying a Widower Question: Need some advice. Marrying a widower in 8 weeks. His former in-laws (deceased wife’s parents) are deceased. The guest list includes her aunts, uncles, cousins. I’m thinking this is a bit extreme as he is not inviting the same for his blood family. Is there proper etiquette regarding this topic? HELP. …

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Question: I am a 63 year old widower whose late wife died 8 months ago after a twenty year cancer battle. The last two years were almost entirely in a caretaking role. I loved my late wife very much. I was honored to be her caretaker, and cherish the memories we had together. But feel …

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Second Wedding Dress For Plus Size Bride I will get married for the second time in my life. I will also be about a size 12/14. I am a DD as well. All the dresses I see so far are either too drab or too fancy. I like sleek and elegant, but my size kind …

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Question: My boyfriend and I are talking about getting married. My first wedding was lavish and expensive – my father picked up the tab. My boyfriend is very traditional and wants a big wedding, tons of groomsmen, the chicken dance, garter toss…the whole nine yards. I am ademently opposed to all of this. I dream …

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marrying a widower

Marrying A Widower Questin: I have been seeing a man who is just recently widowed and we are to be married at some point but I have not committed to a date for the simple reason I am worried about his child. He and I had a past relationship together several years ago and have …

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Are you planning a vow renewal and wanting to nix a bit of tradition and go your own route? You’ve already taken the leap and exchanged your promises – and rings – in front of your family, friends and had a minister make it “official,” so it’s okay to go at this alone. But the …

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Question: I am divorced and recently married to a widower who lost his wife to cancer about a year ago. The problem is that we moved into “their” house, which was already decorated with all their family pictures all over the walls of almost every room in the house, all their furniture, pots, pans, everything …

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NYC Wedding Question: I am taking my wife on a surprise trip to New York for about four days. I would like to renew our wedding vows as she has been a fantastic wife to me. Please could someone advise me on how to do this, a simple blessing is all I am after but …

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wedding program wording help

Question: I am helping my boyfriend and his sisters plan a vow renewal ceremony and reception for their parents’ 25th wedding anniversary. I’m not familiar with vow renewals but I feel that the whole vibe seems too much like a wedding. His parents were married 25 years ago in his paternal grandparents backyard. It was …

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I am a 39-year old woman. My mother passed away five years ago and about a year after that, my father finds a girlfriend via an online dating site and has been dating her ever since. In June, my father announces to me that he will get married in October. I had no indication that …

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Question: Hi–I will try not to be confusing, even though I am confused. My son was killed 5 years ago. He left behind his wife, that our family loved, and one grandson. I babysat this grandson for the 1st 9 years of his life, 4 of those years being after my son died. My ex-daughter …

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name change after wedding

Second Marriage Name Change Question Question: I was married before and have one son. My son has his father’s last name and I took back my maiden name. My son’s father hasn’t seen him since he was 3 (he is now 10). I’ve been trying to get my son’s name changed to my maiden name …

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second marriage etiquette

Question: Hi, I will be remarrying my ex-husband. We were married 12yrs, divorced 10yrs, now live together for many years. I am not sure if it would be appropriate to have another wedding ceremony. Would people think it’s weird? I also wondered if reusing original wedding date would be strange? Neither of us remarried anyone …

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vow renewal 5 years

Question: I have used the search tool and gone through several threads but have not come across a thread as unique as mine, so I am going to give this a shot… My husband and I will be married for five years in May 2010. We originally had planned to renew our vows on our …

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widower boyfriend

Question: I am in the weirdest relationship I have ever been in in my life. I met R about a year after his wife passed away. We started out as “just friends” and played together as a band – like Simon & Garfunkel– I admit I thought he was cute but I was kind of …

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bridal shower second marriage

Question: My sister-in-laws, with the help of my maid of honor (maid of honor is out of town so she would like to host it but cannot so my sisterinlaws are doing it with her help), want to host a Bridal Shower for me. This is a second wedding for both my fiance and myself. …

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