Second weddings tend to be small,
intimate affairs. And children of the
couple often participate.
BY KIKI OLSON
hile the song assures us
that love is lovelier the
second time around,
second marriages can
become problematic. Rules of
etiquette for conventional weddings
were established when divorce was far
less prevalent than it is today.
Consequently, new traditions must be
made for second-time brides and
grooms who want to celebrate their
wedding vows with family and friends.
The very first rule that the
newlyweds should keep in mind is
that they are the directors, producers
and stars of the ceremony and
reception. Everyone else — children,
parents and best friends, beloved
though they may be — are all bit
players. This time, the wedding
totally belongs to the bride and
Most second marriages tend to
be less formal than first weddings.
The couple, not the parents of the
bride and groom, set the mood for the
event. Since most couples pay for a
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