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Thursday, June 23, 2011

How Second-Time-Around Brides Can Make Their Weddings Unique

If you are a bride who is marrying for the second time, there are many things to consider. You’ve been down the aisle before, and for whatever reason (divorce or death), your first marriage ended. You consider yourself blessed to have found love again, and are ready to take the plunge again. I am speaking from personal experience as I write, so here are some tips on how to make your second wedding even more special than the first.

Type of Ceremony
Many second-time-around brides choose not to have an elaborate ceremony and reception as they did before. Some choose to have a small ceremony, followed by a party to celebrate (not necessarily all on the same day). Or some may decide to fly to Vegas or visit the local justice of the peace to tie the knot. However you decide to do it, it is a special moment in time.

Whether this is your first or second marriage, a bride’s attire should reflect her personality, body type and ceremony formality. If you had a long train with a cathedral-length veil the first time, consider something totally different this time! Dress styles change as the years progress, so shop for something that is up-do-date and flattering to you. For me, I chose something that was figure-flattering (I was a 40-year-old bride, and wanted to show that I still had my ‘girlish figure’), yet classy. Your attire should make a statement about YOU!

If you married the first time when yellow gold was the rage, consider alternate metals for your new wedding set. Metals such as palladium and titanium have become popular in recent years, and are great choices for your new set. I told my fiancé (now husband) that I wanted something totally different than my first set, and he did just that! :-)

Things to consider
If this is the first marriage for your fiancé, he may want to have a more traditional ceremony for his first wedding. Discuss this fully to ensure you are both on the same page. The most beautiful gift you can give is something another person has always wanted!

Your Planning Assignment

All weddings are celebrations, whether or not they represent your first marriage. Don’t downplay the fact that this isn’t your first trip down the aisle, but work with your fiancé to make it a wonderfully memorable day!

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