I Do Take Two: How to Break the Fashion Rules as a Second Time Bride


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By Alice Zhang, Azazie.com

The wedding bells are ringing, but before you think to dig up your receipts from your last time down the aisle, pause.

Chances are, you may have already had your dream wedding but with your new beginning, it’s time to take think take advantage of this opportunity with one-of-a-kind fashion flair.

So what fashion rules are brides breaking the second time around?

Get A Little Avant-Garde

A lot of brides tend to be hesitant to make that bold color choice, but now is the moment to consider diving into that avant-garde mermaid gown, or deviate from the norm entirely.

For many, that beautiful chiffon number will knock out a few hearts come wedding-day, and why not add some pizzazz? Ultimately, you know a wedding is just a fabulous party with all your loved ones, so kick out Mrs. Same Old, Same Old from the wedding planning.

Skip the formalities- even dark wedding dresses are a showstopper, while vintage dresses can certainly turn heads. Also consider selecting a casual cocktail dress you can change into during the reception—something free-flowing or short so you can take full advantage of the dance floor.

Think Thematic

Some of the most memorable weddings communicate a love story with elements of each of their favorites incorporated. Instead of following a color palette, dress your wedding party to a theme. Any shared favorites you have with your fiancée are fair game, from favorite books to first-date memories or a shared alma mater.

Amp Up the Accessories

Accessories add the va va voom to any wedding, so consider some glitz and sparkle to brighten up your look. A veil is always romantic, but there is also its cousins- the birdcage, sparkly hair combs, or even fresh flowers entwined in your ‘do.

Some bold accessories, from cocktail rings to jewel-toned statement necklaces can also add a stylish touch to your look. Or, if you’re a little more sentimental, go Angelina Jolie and add some personal family touches—maybe not your kids’ coloring homework on your dress, but perhaps monogramming their initials if you’re blending families.

Allow yourself to liberate the planning stress this time around, and take some fun and quirky risks. The way we see it, second time’s the charm!

Alice Zhang is the spokesperson for Azazie, an online bridal boutique that specializes in a made-to-measure dress experience. At Azazie, dresses are designed in-house and wedding parties are provided with custom fitting for over 200 styles and 57 colors of bridesmaid dresses, wedding gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, as well as a wide selection of bridal accessories. 

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