Just Married Again

Statistics state that 1.7 million Canadians marry twice. Brides getting married for the second time tend to be more mature (the average age is 39) and at a different stage in life than when they married for the first time. Many are firmly entrenched in their careers and may be juggling family responsibilities as well. Engaging a wedding consultant like Katherine Parris or planning an intimate wedding at the Toronto Wedding Chapel where everything will be taken care of for you makes good sense and is a cost effective way to have a care-free wedding.

The trend in second weddings is smaller and more intimate. The receptions feature cocktail parties and/or relaxed, simple dinner menus. It is also customary for the bride and groom to pay for the wedding themselves and the wedding invitations are issued from the bride and groom, and not their respective parents.

Although the rules of etiquette state that gifts are not mandatory for a second wedding, I don’t know of one person who has followed that rule. Since you have already set up house, trying to pick out the right gift can be an arduous task. Make it easy on your guests and set up a registry – it can be anything from a honeymoon registry to a registry at a home renovation store.

Bridal showers are not that common with second weddings but if your friends or family want to throw one for you, hopefully they will use a little imagination. I attended a bridal shower for a second wedding and in lieu of gifts everyone was asked to bring their favourite bottle of wine to help the bride and groom establish their wine cellar. It was a great idea.

The bottom line is that it is your special day and there are no rules. Instead of listening to advice, listen to your hearts.

Just Married Again