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Wedding Planning for the Encore Bride

Planning a wedding can be a joyous occasion. Planning a second or encore wedding can be joyous as well but also quite challenging, filled with lots of emotions and unsolicited opinions. People will question every choice, word, or color decision you make at this time. Whatever choices you make concerning the vision of your day, is just that, your choice.  Don’t let anyone make you feel bad or question your decisions. If you find that the decisions are getting too overwhelming or that you and your future hubby are just too busy with professional or parenting responsibilities, look into hiring a wedding planner.  Want to tackle the planning on your own? Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when planning an encore wedding.
  • If you want to wear a traditional white wedding dress, do it. The old thoughts of encore brides wearing white no longer apply. Most encore or second time brides look for a dress that they feel is more practical for them but the choice is strictly yours. Wear what makes you feel beautiful and what fits your vision for your special day.
  • Personalization is always a great option but when you can incorporate touches that highlight the blended family or your triumphs over the years, it creates a more memorable experience for both you and your guest. Check out this oh so cute, customized cake topper. This is a piece that you can keep and cherish as a memorable reminder of your day.• When choosing to register for gifts, you may want to survey what you already have and update or add-to. Another option is choosing to register for your honeymoon and have your guest purchase tours, dinners or contribute to the cost of the honeymoon.
  • If you have children, involve them from the beginning. Let them discuss their thoughts or feelings about this new transition in their lives before all of the appointments, shopping and festivities interfere with your time. Ask for their opinion from time to time- maybe on the dessert or some part of the entertainment selections.
  • You may want to consider a destination wedding. They are a popular option for 2nd weddings and they don’t have to be someplace exotic. I am very partial to New Orleans, by the way. It’s a great way of combining your wedding, and your honeymoon all in one. Your guests may also welcome the opportunity to use this time as an extended or family vacation.
  • Hire a “Day or Month Of ” wedding coordinator to bring all of your planned elements and details together, so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy your family, and other festivities; after all, your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. This time, it’s different so make it memorable.


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