How to Plan a Wedding, When it’s Not Your First Walk Down the Aisle

When it comes to today’s family, it seems there are no two families alike.  The rise in divorce rates has changed the face of the family all over the globe.  Don’t let this statistic worry you if you are about to experience the magic that comes with a wedding.  Today there are simply more and more people getting married a second time than there ever has been before.  In fact it has even been said that as many as 30% of today’s weddings are weddings with couples that have already experienced a previous marriage.  For many of these couples, they already know the pain of a marital breakdown, and their second marriage is even more meaningful than their first.  Finally they have found the soul mate that they want to spend the rest of their lives with.  Does this mean you shouldn’t have a beautiful wedding if it is your second? Of course not.  Let’s talk about that today.

Every marriage is a beautiful one, even if those moments of beauty become fleeting.  If this is a case where it is a first wedding for one of you, but a second for another, this is even more cause for you to make the celebration as big as you want it to be.  For the bride that is getting married again, she wants this wedding to be as unique as the first, as she should.  Every single wedding is one where joy should be experienced, no matter how many times he or she has been married before.  You can still have the My Wedding of your dreams if you want.  In fact, many brides want to make their second wedding even more beautiful than the last, especially if it didn’t go so well last time.  Grooms as well that are getting married again know better than anybody how important it is that their bride is happy during every step of the way.

In some cases, couples that are on their second marriage are blending families with children already in the picture.  Weddings are a family event, and this is a wonderful way to make the entire family feel like a family unit for the first time, by including children into your second ceremony.  Wedding songs that are especially made or sung for the children as they walk down the aisle with you will be another wonderful way to ensure that your children are honored in the same way that you are as you begin this new life.
Whether or not you wear white on this day for the bride to be is a personal choice.  If you didn’t get a chance to wear one the first time, or this is your first wedding, you have all the more reason to wear white again.  There was a time when this was considered a no-no, but today’s changing family is changing all of the rules on this one.  White is a traditional wedding color, and there is no reason you should not wear white if that has always been your dream.

As you get closer to counting down the wedding timeline, if you are getting married for the second time, the only thing you need to remember is the same thing that other brides and grooms are remembering.  There are no more rules on this day, as it is all yours, to make as big and as personal as you want it to be. You’ve waited just as long for this day as anybody else, and deserve the wedding of your dreams.

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Do I need a wedding planner for my wedding?

If you are planning a wedding, you may be watching all of the reality television shows to get some ideas. It seems today that just about everybody is using a wedding planner to help them out with the process. In fact, the idea has become so trendy that even movies have been made about it. But when you consider the cost of a wedding planner which can average anywhere from two to five thousand dollars, it may not be an expense you can afford. Here we talk about advantages and disadvantages of a wedding planner when you are creating your wedding timeline.

A wedding planner is certainly a huge asset if you have a big wedding planned. Who wouldn’t love to have a personal assistant of sorts on hand to tackle every menial task? This is a great idea if you have a big wedding with a lot of little details in play. There is no event more stressful than planning a wedding, and today’s bride has a lot on her plate. She also probably needs to go to work every day to pay for the wedding! Having a wedding planner is a great advantage if you need someone to take care of things for you, or if you anticipate a high stress wedding.

Another advantage to hiring a wedding planner is the issue with the in laws. No doubt, in laws will play a role in your wedding planning, whether you want them to or not. The bride today has to keep a lot of people happy, and this is one of the most stressful parts about having a wedding at all. A wedding planner works as a good buffer between you and the in laws to ensure that all people are indeed happy, without letting the bride feel any of the stress at all. It is a good investment if you think in law stress is a big deal for you. Delegate it to your wedding planner!

As well, an advantage to having a wedding planner is their contact list and source of networks. Many people have personal elements they want to include in their wedding, but they simply don’t know how to execute those ideas. A wedding planner is excellent for this. He or she will know exactly how to do what you want done. For example, if wedding songs that were played at your parent’s weddings are going to be a part of your wedding, but you aren’t able to find those old hits anywhere in the world, very likely your wedding planner will be able to save the day on things like that.

The only disadvantage that comes with having a wedding planner is the cost. But if you interview around, and get quotes from at least three wedding planners, you will get a good idea on what kind of cost you can expect. You might also find that a wedding planner could save you money on some areas of your wedding, in which case that cost will pay for itself through your savings. If you are however having a simple wedding that you think you can handle yourself, something as simple as Facebook Wedding Countdown will be the only wedding planner you need.

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Unique Wedding Registry Ideas

The question has been popped, she has said yes, and you are ready to start planning My Wedding. How excited you must be! In addition to the many issues going through your head right now, you will be planning venues, picking bridal attendants, and also, planning the gift registry. All of this in today’s economy. While you are remembering your own budget during your wedding countdown, you also need to remember your guests. If you have ever been invited to a wedding, the first thing that likely popped into your head was, how much is this day going to cost me? Remember that your guests are going through the same thing when you are planning your wedding registry. Today however, new couples are getting very creative about how to go about this, and still get everything that they need. Here are some ideas for you to consider.

One thing that is sure is that today’s economy is tough. This is probably playing a role in your wedding plans. You may also be in the same boat as many couples that are also hoping to plan for their first new home together. As you should be, this is all a very exciting, but pressure filled time for you. This is where the gift registry comes in. Before you decide what to do with your registry, you need to think about what you need.

Some couples today will be foregoing their honeymoon because of the cost involved. But if a honeymoon is extremely important to you, you can implement this into your registry and ask your guests to help you out! A new trend in weddings today is using a travel agent as your gift registry. You pick where you and your beloved want to go, and set it up with a travel agent. You simply tell your guests what arrangements you have made, and they deposit money with the travel agent to help you have your dream honeymoon. Every couple should start off with this shared memory, and there will be few if any of your guests that have a problem with it.

Another similar idea is registering with a local bank to collect money directly from your guests. This sounds much less awkward than you might think, because many couples are doing just that to save for their first home. Instead of registering for actual presents, couples register a bank account to start saving for their life together. Think about it. How many times have you slipped some cash or a check into a wedding card? New couples have been getting money as a gift since the age of the dowry, and this is simply a contemporary way of getting it and making the process that much easier for your guests.

When you are hot in the throes of a wedding timeline, and you already have everything you need to begin your life with your beloved, asking for what you need in this economy is an easy way to check more off your list. As well, this tells your guests exactly what you need, and makes their job of gift giving so much easier, as they will be able to spend exactly what they want, without feeling like they have to go over budget themselves. These ideas are a win win for everybody!