Second Weddings: Alternative Ceremony Ideas


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Planning a wedding that’s unique and memorable is no small feat. And when it comes to planning a second wedding, you’re probably looking forward to skipping the woes associated with first go-rounds and getting to the part where you’re husband and wife.

Whatever else, your second wedding should be a testament to your personal style! Let’s check out a few alternative ceremony ideas.

Alternative Ceremony Ideas

Destination Wedding

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A great way to do something in a different tone and environment, get outta town for your big day! It can be very distant both literally and stylistically than what the both of you are used too.

Also, you’ll want to go a separate route than what was done previously – as to not draw comparisons between the two events. And having a destination event is a great way to wed in a casual setting with close family and friends only.

Skip the Walk Completely

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Nix traditional and skip walking down the aisle. Instead, start the celebration off with a receiving line instead.

Play your choice of music and stand together while welcoming each guest to the wedding. Once everyone has sat down, have the officiant walk up to you and your fiance. Or, walk with each other down the aisle and meet the officiant at the altar.

Including the Children

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There are plenty of ways to do this! One of the simplest options is to include the children’s names on the invitation – in place of where parents’ names would traditionally go.

Word the invite so it suggests they’re giving away their parent. You could even ask your son or daughter to be your honor attendant, or have them participate in the actual ceremony by having them do a reading.

Including the Parents Sans the Walk Down the Aisle

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If you want to skip the traditional father-daughter walk down the aisle but still want to include your parents, just use them as part of the wedding party.

Of course, you can have them officiate or do a reading throughout the ceremony as well. Fathers can also walk mothers down the aisle to be apart of the ceremony but less traditional.

The Unexpected

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Why not throw a surprise wedding? Simply select a date and venue, send out the invitations for another “event,” such as a birthday or holiday party, and surprise everyone who attends!

You can still list the dress code on the invites, and you won’t have to deal with gift questions. It’s a win-win! And it’ll be one heck of a memory.

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