Post # 1
So FI and I are both encores…he had a huge wedding the first time around and I didn’t have a wedding. (Courthouse) I planned a budget friendly, 70 person buffet wedding at a banquet room at a restaurant.
Because it’s a 2nd wedding for both, we’re not doing the garter/bouquet toss. We aren’t doing parent dances either not only because it’s a 2nd wedding, but because both of my parents are deceased. (My DD and FSD are walking me down the aisle!)
I’m doing an ipod reception and am having a family friend do announcements and introductions. As I’m planning the script for the introductions, I was wondering, do you think we should have FI’s parents enter the reception with us and the bridal party? I LOVE FI’s parents but since we’re older and this is the 2nd go around, do you think it’s necessary?
As a follow up, encore brides, what traditions or formalities did you skip at your second wedding?
Post # 3
I don’t think there’s a ‘necessary’ at any wedding, other than the two people saying ‘I do’. If you’re comfortable with it and it would make them happy, go for it!
It’s funny, I’ve gone more traditional this time around. First time was a Vegas nightmare, down to the chapel losing power, last minute venue switch, etc. Nothing was traditional, not the dress, the dinner, anything. I don’t know if my unhappiness with it was due to that or him.
This time though, I’m doing the white dress with veil (not over my face, just the hairpiece kind). I’m hoping my dad can walk me down the aisle and dance with me, though we’ll see. He’s in his 80s, so it’s a bit iffy. No garter toss or bouquet toss for us though. For one, we don’t have that many single friends, and I’m just a bit weirded out by him going up my skirt in front of friends and family. I’m not a prude, I just think it’s a very strange tradition. Have fun with it! Think about what you didn’t get the first time, and if you feel like you missed out, include it this time!