Guide to Getting Remarried

Wedded Hands

Getting remarried? Congratulations! This time around, anything goes; have the grand gala of your dreams. Prefer an intimate party with friends and family? That’s okay, too. Children are often a common addition to second (or third or fourth) weddings, making this a true family affair! Planning a wedding can be even more fun the second (or third) time around. Here’s what encore couples need to know.

Wedding Guidelines – Who’s Supposed to Pay for That?

Wedding favors

Forget the rule that says certain people have to pay for certain things. The bride’s parents need not take out a third mortgage to pay for the wedding, and the groom’s parents are not off the hook either. Besides, the two of you might even be covering a good chunk of the expenses yourselves. The best way to work it out? Sit down with pencil, paper, and calculator and figure out what you really want and can afford. Keep in mind that informal weddings are usually smaller (and therefore cheaper), and formal weddings tend to be larger (and therefore more expensive).

Wedding Reception Lighting Guide

Wedding reception at the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach

Think lighting your wedding reception site means flipping on a light switch? If you want to turn your wedding site from standard to simply stunning, you’ll probably need to take a more illuminating approach to your decor. Lighting creates a mood, and when it’s done well, lighting can make everything — including your wedding flowers, cake, and guests — look better. Here’s the right way to plan your lighting.

Unique & Stylish Wedding Reception Ideas

Wedding Reception

Looking to have a wedding like none other — at least like none other you’ve ever attended? Don’t be afraid to try something new and something that’s intrinsically you. The first step is to define who you are as a couple. Investigate your likes and dislikes. Ask yourselves: What do we enjoy doing in our spare time? Which is our favourite season? Favourite artists, movies, and music? Favourite era? Once you’ve unveiled your personal style, you’re ready to take the second step and start developing a wedding-day theme.

Wedding Receptions: Cocktail Hour

Royal wedding Cocktail

Who doesn’t love a cocktail hour? After all, it’s the kickoff to the celebration and a chance to sample a wide variety of food and drink while mingling with friends. Plus, this pre-reception event is an opportunity for you to show off your personal style and set the tone for the rest of the night. There’s no limit to what you can do to set your cocktail hour apart. Infuse your event with some of these hot new trends, and watch your guests abuzz with delight — and not just from the alcohol!

Make Your Wedding Reception Memorable

Lindsay/Abderhalden Wedding

Dream Up a Theme

One of the most fun (and often easiest) parts of developing a theme wedding is deciding the menu; theme-wedding menus create a fun, exciting, and memorable event. It might even be the way you eat the food that stays in your guests’ minds – like nibbling satay at a Thai-inspired city garden reception, or roasting marshmallows over the flaming bonfire at a wedding ‘camp’.

The Bride and Groom’s First Dance

First Dance by mikecpeck, on Flickr

Traditionally the bride and groom are first on the dance floor as they start the first dance of the night. The best man & chief bridesmaid and parents of the bride & groom then join them on the dance floor halfway through the first dance.

There are no rules as to what your first dance should be. Most couples choose a song that is special to them in some way – whether it reminds them of when they first met or has just always been ‘their song’. Whilst the traditional first dance is slow and romantic, couples are increasingly adding a bit of fun to their wedding by learning a new dance routine or choosing a fun and lively song for their first dance.

Planning the Wedding Guest List

guest list by _sarchi, on Flickr

Compiling your wedding guest list is one of the toughest tasks of wedding planning. The task of compiling the wedding guest list is often shared between the bride & groom and their parents.

Wedding budgets and venue capacity often put a cap on the number of guests you can invite – resulting in difficult decisions if you have a large family and lots of friends. The decision gets even harder for couples getting married later on in life as friends, siblings and cousins start their own families – increasing the number of people to choose from.