Second Wedding Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on January 26, 2010

in Wedding Etiquette

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Already been married once? Not sure what proper second wedding etiquette is? How about third wedding etiquette? The truth is, there are no rules. Some couples may elope for their first wedding and have a more traditional one for their second. Others may do it vice versa. The bride may wear white; she may not. The couple may have a bridal party; they may not. At the end of the day, even though this may be either the bride or groom’s second wedding, this is their first wedding together. This wedding is still a celebration of their love.

If you’re attending a second, third or even fourth wedding, are you still expected to give a gift? The simple answer is, yes. As they probably received all the household items they could possibly ever need at their first wedding, this is a great time to give them more personal items such as theater tickets, restaurant gift certificates or donations to their favorite charities. Unless the bride and groom have specifically requested no gifts, it doesn’t matter if they’re pulling an Elizabeth Taylor and are on their sixth wedding; you need to get them a gift. Consider it a trade off for being able to attend a fun event where you will be provided with food, drinks and entertainment. Because with all of the alimony they’re already paying, if they’re having another wedding instead of getting married at the courthouse, you know they’re loaded and a good time is in your future.

Bottom line: 2nd wedding etiquette states it’s best to treat it like a first wedding!

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