Wedding#2 or #3

In this day and age, it’s really not uncommon for people to have wedding#2 or #3. It’s been proven time and time again that getting married before the age of 25 skyrockets your chance of divorce (don’t even get me going on the psychology of human brain development before 25 years old), so, understandably, a generation of people that got married before 25 would get divorced and then find real love later on in life.

So that being said, let’s get to the fun stuff!

Your wedding#2 or #3 doesn’t have to be completely different or exactly like your first wedding. However, you might want to keep a few tips in mind.

1.) Focus on this wedding. It can be easy to bring up your first wedding during wedding planning. “When Bob and I married, we had these adorable little cupcakes…” But it’s not recommended. This should be about your current relationship, not past relationships. Plus, will you take the “amazing” suggestion anyway? If your future spouse and his ex had cupcakes at their wedding, you wouldn’t want a cupcake near your venue.

2.) Wear what you want. For many women, the first time around was a compromise. They chose a wedding dress that their mother, sister, and maid of honor agreed on, even if it might not have been the dress you would have chosen. For your second wedding, do whatever you want! Screw the ballgown you weren’t crazy about the first time and go for a clean, elegant white gown covered in lace or a short, blue dress with feathers. Yes, I said blue. Or any color you could possibly want.

Who do we include with Wedding #2 or #3?

3.) Invite the right people. If you had reservations the first time around about inviting your sister-in-law because she makes everything about her, and sure enough, she showed up in white announcing her engagement, don’t feel bad about leaving her off the guest list this time. And if your mom insists on inviting your childhood neighbors, tell her too bad. No harm, no foul.

4.) Consider including your kids. Consider including kids in the ceremony if you have kids during this time. And not just as a flower girl or the best man but in some rituals. A marriage between two people with children is not just about those two people coming together. It’s about the joining of two families. Letting your kids get involved will help them be more accepting of their new step-parent and/or siblings.

5.) Don’t stress. A wedding is a time for happiness, and since this is not your first wedding, consider the weight lifted. Many couples look back on their big day and wish they would’ve slowed down and enjoyed it a little more instead of worrying about whether their guests enjoy their music choice. So on this round, have a good time and appreciate how lucky you are to have found the love of your life.

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