Post # 1
Ok, this is the story. My fiance and I are living overseas at the moment. Our plan all along has been to sign our marriage documents in this country (United Arab Emirates) because for legal reasons it is much easier to have the legalities sorted out here than to do it back home and have all the documents attested, translated etc etc etc. Then in February next year we’ll have our big Church and family wedding back home.
For various reasons we’ve decided to get legally married sooner rather than later but a slight complication is this: It can be a very complicated and time consuming process to get married in front of a magistrate here so the best option seems to be to have a Church wedding and have the Church sort out all the documentation for us.
Well if you’re still reading ; ) here is my question: How do I make this Church wedding special and unique in its own way without detracting from our wedding in February, baring in mind none of our family will be, just 4 or 5 very close friends. I still want the Feb wedding to feel like it’s THE big day! if anyone has been in the same situation or if anyone has any ideas on how to handle this situation I would appreciate ANY advice you lovely ladies have to offer!!!!
Post # 3
I don’t really have much advice but I think that they will both be special. This one will be small and romantic and the next one will be a huge party with your families!
Post # 4
i had friends who did something simmilar- legal marriage in france then a church wedding in oregon, then a big vow ceremony weddingparty in france. they were each unique events and they made them all special! They said the only hard part is deciding which is their anniversary!
Post # 5
Thank you both for your replies! Lol. I havent dared mentioned deciding on an anniversary just yet lol. He’ll have two chances to get it right though ; ) and yes, I’m hoping to make this first one as romantic as possible : )
Both of the ceremonies will be in a Church but I really want them to be special in their own way but definately diffferent..I’m just not sure on those unique touches that could make the first one special but keep the second one as “the big day”
Post # 6
My situation is different, but similar. We had our first wedding in India in November and I had NO family or friends (all his family), but I still enjoyed it! Then, we just got married here in PA three weeks ago with my family, friends and his U.S. friends…it was awesome!
Both will be special!!! 🙂
Post # 7
We had a 2 year gap between our courthouse with 5 people there and the wedding we’re having in October. We’re planning like we would have been if we were still just living together and not married. The only difference is that we won’t be exchanging rings at our ceremony.
Do things exactly how you would if it were the big day because it is the big day. Both days will be equally special. After the first go to dinner with some friends and enjoy the time together!