Post # 1
I was wondering if any brides out there had two wedding ceremonies? Like one in th US and one in another country? When I was younger I always thought I would get married in the Philippines, but I’ll be getting married in the states this spring. Lately, I’ve been really wanting to have a second wedding ceremony in the Philippines with all of my friends and family back home about a year or so after. Would that be weird?
For those of you who have done this, how did you go about the ceremony? Did you act like it was your first wedding day all over again or was it more like a vow renewal? How much time was between each ceremony? Did everyone understand or were people weired out or confused by it?
Post # 3
I currently live in Australia and I’m having my wedding 10,000 miles away in the UK (we are both British). We will be having a party when we come back to Australia too. No ceremony just a small party. It tough planning just one wedding from all the way out here never mind another full wedding!
Post # 4
Not weird at all, especially if a lot of your family in the Philippines aren’t going to be able to attend your US wedding. It is a bit more stressful though. I’m currently planning our legal/registry ceremony and dinner reception in Australia in just over two weeks, and our big wedding in Bali in May. We’re also planning to have another smaller event in Europe later in the year, because a lot of FI’s relatives and friends won’t be able to come to Bali.
For us, we made it clear that Bali was our main event. So our nearest and dearest, on his side and mine, will be there. The Australian ceremony is purely legal, so we don’t have to deal with the paperwork required of two foreigners getting married in Indonesia. It’s also so my grandfather can see me in a wedding gown, because he’s in a nursing home and cannot travel. The ceremony guests will be under 10, the reception is limited to 35 people (an intimate upstairs dining room at one of our favourite restaurants). I am trying, trying to keep everything low-key – we’re doing family-style instead of a full-on degustation/formal dinner, I’m engaging a photographer for just 2-3 hours, and I’m not having bridesmaids, obviously.
I think in this day and age, multiple celebrations are getting more and more common. Between FI and I, we have friends and family across four continents – and having more than one ‘wedding’ means we’ll get to share our happy day with everyone who matters to us.