So, you are getting married again. Good for you! Everyone deserves a chance at love; the first time may not always do the trick. Plus, statistics show that second marriages are less likely to end in divorce, so this may be the best decision you can ever make. While many of us like to go with the standard traditions for our first nuptials, a second wedding may happen years down the road, so you may have different interests than you had when you were young. This is a chance to do something new, so make it count.
Let’s talk about some fun wedding ideas and tips to help you make a fresh start with a new partner.
Weddings can be costly affairs that take a lot of work and cause a great deal of stress. Even though the end result was likely worth the effort at the time, you may not want to go through the same ordeal the second time around. With that in mind, remember that when it comes to planning your second stroll down the aisle, you do not need to mimic your first wedding. In fact, it may be a good idea to do the opposite so you can make a fresh start.
The good news is that weddings have changed a lot over the years, so there are many exciting, non-traditional wedding options to consider. For instance, many people who walk down the aisle again choose to fly to Las Vegas and get married in a chapel there. That way, you can save money and spend it on an exciting honeymoon. Another option is to skip all of the fanfare up front and have an elopement so you can make the marriage official and then have a party with your friends a few weeks later.
You could also choose a wedding idea that is totally out of left field and pick something fun that fits your interests. So, if you enjoy being outdoors, then you can have a camping-themed wedding and make a weekend out of it. Or, if you are a thrill-seeker, then you could get married on a boat or say your vows on a plane and then skydive after you say, “I do.” The most important thing is that you have fun.
Once you decide on your venue and attire, you can then modify the decorations. One idea is to ditch the traditional flowers and instead go with a unique theme, like adding forest elements or decorating the space with candy. You can also use unique cake toppers that match the theme of the wedding. That might mean decorating it with vinyl records if you have a music theme or vintage light bulbs for an industrial theme.
You can also think about how you will present and serve food. Consider skipping traditional wedding catering in the form of a sit-down dinner or buffet. Instead, have a travelling seafood station or a bunch of food trucks stop by. You could also switch out the standard hors d’oeuvres and instead have an ice cream bar. If you don’t want the traditional wedding cake, then substitute it with a cookie station or a doughnut wall. The sky’s the limit to what you can provide. Just think about the foods you like most and see what you can come up with.
You can also do something different with your wedding attire. While you may have opted for a traditional sleeveless wedding dress the first time around, your life and fashion choices may have changed. Take this chance to look at other second-wedding dress options, like something with sleeves or a colourful blue or gold dress. You could even skip the traditional look and go with a wedding jumpsuit. Get your whole wedding party in on the act.
Before you start your new life, there are a few things that you may want to do in order to get the fresh start that you both desire. A good first step is to sit down and talk about your finances. Decide what you will do once you tie the knot. Will you combine your money or keep separate accounts? It is a good idea to find out now, so you don’t have unnecessary drama when you get married.
If you have any tattoos that say the name of your ex-husband or otherwise remind you of your previous relationship, then you should consider getting them removed. The process has become easier over the years, but you should know that tattoo removal is not something that can happen overnight. Instead, the entire ink removal process can take up to a year, so plan accordingly.
If you’re a bride-to-be with kids, things need a touch more planning. In the case that you both have kids, you will want to figure out what your living situation will look like once you return from the honeymoon. Will you all be living under the same roof? If so, do you have enough space, or do you need to look at buying or renting a larger place? These are serious details that you need to iron out sooner than later.
In the end, it is important that you celebrate this wedding your own way so you can create new memories that you will cherish forever. Consider these tips and make it an event to remember.