A second-time bride is a little older and a lot smarter! This time, she knows what she wants and is not planning a wedding to please anyone else but herself and her groom.
I can’t count the number of times I have heard a second-time bride say, “I just want this wedding to be simple, small and sweet.” As a matter of fact, someone just emailed me that exact phrase! If you had a full-out, Broadway production the first time around, you know that even though it may have been beautiful and magical, it was also expensive and quite a lot of work. Second-time brides want simplicity.
How To Keep Your Second Wedding Simple
The crucial element of a simple wedding is keeping it small. Most likely the family obligations were fulfilled the first time around, so the second time bride can keep the guest-list short. Fewer guests make for a more intimate wedding where everyone focuses on the truly essential parts of the wedding instead of all the pomp and circumstance. Keep it real and focus on the promises the second time bride and her groom are making to each other.
Choosing The Right Venue For an Intimate Second Wedding
It helps to keep it simple by using a “one-stop-shop” as the venue - somewhere that can hold the ceremony and reception and provides a person to help with the planning. There are many wedding venues that have packages that include officiants, flowers, food, drinks, cakes, photography and more. Finding that one special place that can help you keep the sanctity of the ceremony and the simplicity in the planning and execution is key!
Another popular choice for a second-time bride is the “Destination Wedding”. If she wants to keep the wedding simple but still romantic, she chooses a beautiful beach or her favorite remote mountain lodge for the location and only invites her closest friends and family. The beautiful setting and her BFFs is all she needs! Destination Wedding packages provide everything she needs for her wedding in one beautiful place!
Inexpensive Ideas For Your Wedding
A second-time bride and her groom are also more likely to be paying for things themselves and are therefore more budget-conscious. If they are keeping things simple, and inviting fewer guests, they are also keeping things affordable and looking for ways to have a cheaper wedding.
Careful selection of the wedding date and time can help cut the overall cost of the big day. A second-time bride may choose a date that is not in the most popular months of June and October to help keep the venue rental cheaper. She may also consider having her second wedding on a Sunday morning or afternoon to keep food and alcohol costs down.
Another common way a second time bride saves money is on her dress, especially if she had an expensive dress the first time around. She wants to feel beautiful in the moment and is more focused on the commitment she’s making. If she is not interested in keeping the dress, she can rent a dress for 24 or 48 hours. Second-time brides also may buy their dresses “off the rack” to save money or just wear a beautiful sundress or a sexy cocktail dress.
Second-time brides want to capture the moment just as much as first-time brides, but want to spend less money. They may pay a professional for the key photos of the ceremony and staged family pictures, but rely on their friends for the candids taken during the reception.
Speaking of receptions, these are also kept smaller and more affordable by second-time brides. They still want the food to be delicious but may keep it more casual and less expensive. Instead of a 3-tiered cake, they may choose a small cake for the cutting ceremony and a dessert bar, and the entertainment may simply be a playlist designed by the couple of all their favorite and most meaningful songs.
Second time brides know what is important to them and they plan accordingly.