Second Wedding Ideas

July 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm 2 comments

Love is always a cause for celebration and celebrating a second wedding is no different than a first marriage. Rejoice for a couple who have found each other and discovered love a second time around. Read on for some helpful tips and ideas for second weddings.

How to Tell Children You Are Remarrying

Let your children know that you love them and that no one can ever take their place in your heart. Share your plans to wed as soon as possible, talk to your children about your impending nuptials and discuss the blending of two families. Children deserve to be the first to know as a remarriage directly affects them and the family dynamics. Expect a lot of mixed emotions when you share the news. Consider including your youngsters or teenagers in the ceremony. Ease the transition by listening to their feelings, understand that children go through different stages of development and most of all address your children with a spirit of patience, kindness and love.

Announcements and Invitations

Declare your love to the world, however tell your children first, then your parents and your ex, especially if joint custody is involved. Wedding announcements for second marriages are exactly the same as  first timers. Couples typically announce their own pending nuptials on wedding invitations. An exception is made for parents who are hosting the event; they should be listed on the invitations as the invitees requesting honored guests to attend the ceremony. Sometimes a bride-to-be might feel uncomfortable with the last name of her former husband on a wedding invitation. If this is the case, then consider listing only her first and middle name.

Ceremony & Reception

Think outside the box and contemplate something different for your ceremony; if your first wedding was a huge affair, consider having a destination wedding at a favorite tropical getaway or an intimate garden or backyard ceremony. The most important aspect of your wedding is choosing one that best reflects your personal interests and tastes as a couple. If lots of children are involved, consider having two receptions, one for the adults and one for the kids, as second marriage couples often bring offspring into the beautiful picture. If you choose to have a kid-friendly reception, be sure there is adequate adult supervision available.

Things to Avoid

Never say never, there are certain things to avoid in a second wedding, more as a rule of politeness than absolute law. Reflect on the ‘Do not do” list of second wedding etiquette. For example, do not have your second wedding in the same location as your first wedding.  Please do not wear the same wedding dress that you wore before in your first ceremony.  Lastly, do not wear an engagement ring or wedding band from your former wedding; the past is the past, out with the old and in with the new. It is OK to have a gift registry for your second wedding; many people sincerely want to see you happy and give you gifts. If you strongly prefer not to have a gift registry then consider a gift donation registry to your favorite charities.

Planning a wedding in the near future? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show and exhibition touring major cities around the US. Meet with national and local wedding vendors offering services and goods in all areas related to weddings from invitations to honeymoons and enjoy a variety of entertainment including a New York style runway show.
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