Second marriage tips: How to plan your wedding if it’s your second marriage

If you’re heading down the aisle for a second time, don’t be under the assumption that you MUST have a low-key celebration; just because it didn’t work out the first time doesn’t mean you can’t have your princess-moment again.

However, there are some questions that brides who are planning their second wedding constantly ask us, so here’s our no-fail guide to saying ‘I do’ times two!

Can I wear a traditional gown?

Many bride who are planning their second marriage choose to opt for a classic, simple gown, but if you want to don a princess-cut Vera Wang creation, we say YES! This is your chance to feel fabulous in front of your new husband-to-be and it will be a day you’ll remember forever, so pick a dress that you fall in love with.

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Should I ask for gifts?

This is completely up to the individual. Some brides feel uncomfortable asking for a gift from a guest, especially because the guest may have already bought a gift for your first marriage; however, if you choose to have a gift registry, there is no etiquette against it!

Are there rules for the reception?

Although there are no hard and fast rules for where you host your second ceremony and reception, we recommend trying to pick somewhere different from your first wedding! You could go even further and opt for an intimate destination wedding (think: Fiji, Hawaii or the Whitsundays) or at least go with a different theme for you second wedding (it’s probably not the best idea to choose a ‘farm chic’ theme for both your first and second marriage, try to mix it up)!

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Can I have bachelorette party?

Ok, so you might not technically be a bachelorette, but in these modern-times, you can ask your bridesmaids to throw you a hen’s night! We’ll always get behind any excuse for a girl’s night out.

What’s your biggest tip?

Learn from the first wedding and let your second wedding be everything you’ve ever dreamed of! You probably won’t have as many friends and family members to please (ie. The mum who is adamant you wear a strapless wedding gown when all you wanted was a long-sleeved backless number), so take advantage of it.

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Images from Michelle and Dave’s wedding. Photography by Love Liz Photography.

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