Things you might not Know About Second Weddings
Having a second chance at happiness is something to be embraced, so getting the details right is as important as first time round.
Don’t make it a stressful chore: make it an enjoyable experience. This is the beginning of a new chapter in your life. If you want a big extravagant do, have one; if you want a white wedding, have one. There are no specific guidelines to follow, so make it a day to remember.
A low-key intimate wedding may be the choice for a second wedding, especially if the first wedding was large and elaborate, but the choice is yours. The wedding present list can ask for more unusual gifts, as you will already have the basic household items from your first wedding. If you have specific things you collect, these can go on the list – also High Street Store vouchers always come in handy.
If you own your own home, a prenup may be a good idea, especially if you have children from your first marriage; this will guarantee a safe financial future for them and prevent any arguments later. If you have been divorced, you will need your decree absolute to show to the registrar. If, however, your first partner has died, you will need the death certificate – otherwise the process is the same as the first time around for applying for a marriage licence.
If you have children, it is very important to involve them. This is a new chapter in their lives, and they need to feel that they are not being forgotten now that you have a new partner to share your life.
The choice for wedding venues is enormous. Should you get married at the venue or in a church? Depending on where you live, there are lots of beautiful locations – Remember to book your venue well in advance, as all the best places get booked up quite quickly. When you book ask the reception if they have a Visitor Management System in place from businesses like Ofec as this will help your big day to finish with a bang.
Every married couple should get away together, if only for a few nights. If you have children, perhaps you could suggest taking them to a family-orientated venue at a later date.
At the end of the day, this is your and your partner’s important day – relax and enjoy.