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Feel free to get creative when getting married for the second time. Read these second marriage etiquette tips and get inspired by some fantastic ideas!

An unforgettable scenery for your winter wedding.

An unforgettable scenery for your winter wedding.

Gone are the days when the second marriage is seen as a social stigma. Today, whether you want an elaborate shindig or an intimate second wedding, the choice is completely yours.

Second Marriage Wedding Etiquette: To Follow or Not To Follow?

Let’s take a look at a few rules you may want to follow when celebrating your second (or third, or fourth) nuptials. Because, truth be told, you can write your very own second marriage wedding etiquette book and never be wrong. Well, maybe with a few exceptions.

Here are two rules you will want to truly consider:

  1. If either of you have children, let them know they are of major importance in the new union. No matter their age, give them a role they’d be happy to play in the course of events. Always be sensitive to the child’s feelings and try to cater to them as much as possible. And never, ever, leave them out of the equation.
  2. Should you invite your ex and his family? Tread carefully on this one. You may be on the best of terms with your ex, their friends and family, but your second marriage is a fresh start. Trust me, you don’t need the awkwardness.
Trendy alternative bridal looks for second nuptials. How much more fun can you have?

Trendy alternative bridal looks for second nuptials. How much more fun can you have?

Escort cards and favors all-in-one for a travel-inspired second wedding.

Escort cards and favors all-in-one for a travel-inspired second wedding. Get it at Beau-Coup!

And now, a few second marriage wedding etiquette tips to follow (or not!)

1Should I still announce the wedding?

If you don’t know the difference between wedding announcements and wedding invitations, the announcements are sent out after the wedding to let people know you got married. Not too many couples follow this tradition but if you do, you can announce your second wedding like you did the first.

2Wording your invitations: What name should I use?

Second marriages come with a bit of unease when wording the invitation. Friends and colleagues may know you by your ex-spouse’s first name. A golden rule is to use the name you’re comfortable with. And if you are worried people might get confused, indicate for clarity on the invite. Or just give them a call.

Prioritize your children like Emily Maynard did at her surprise wedding.

Prioritize your children like Emily Maynard did at her surprise wedding.

Brunch weddings have the best of cakes.

Brunch weddings have the best of cakes.

Rock a black and white wedding dress for your second marriage wedding.

Rock a black and white wedding dress for your second marriage wedding.

3Bridal etiquette: Say yes to the white wedding gown

Wear what you desire when getting married for the second time. Pick that gorgeous blush gown, or go for a traditional white bridal look. Short, long, princess-cut or ball gown and even a pair of strikingly white bridal pants. Take something that flatters your figure—whatever color. Note that dinner rehearsals are really not necessary. You can even do away with the garter and bouquet tossing!

All is permitted at any wedding and even more so the second time around! Check out these fantastic ideas for modern brides.




4Giving away the bride at a second marriage ceremony

Let your imagination run wild. Nowadays, it can be anyone or no one. Your (child) children, mother, grandparents, or even your best friend may do just fine. Furthermore, you can even have your two most favorite people walk you down the aisle.

Getting married for the second time: How does an intimate destination wedding in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, sound?

Getting married for the second time: How does an intimate destination wedding in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, sound?

Stunning wedding pantsuit by Krikor Jabotian. An original idea when getting married for the second time. You can definitely use this again for any occasion.

Stunning wedding pantsuit by Krikor Jabotian. An original idea when getting married for the second time. You can definitely use this again for any occasion.

5Wedding registry etiquette

You might not want gifts (not many second marriages do), but you still need to register to give guidance to guests who want to give. You may opt for an online wedding registry or a honeymoon fund! In both cases, you get the cash! Not a bad idea, right?

Amazing peonies bridal bouquet for this Santa Barbara wedding at Villa Sevillano. Photographer: Jose Villa.

Amazing peonies bridal bouquet for this Santa Barbara wedding at Villa Sevillano. Photographer: Jose Villa.

Don't ask people to donate... ask them to join in or help out. Appeal to their emotions and not their wallets.

Don’t ask people to donate… ask them to join in or help out. Appeal to their emotions and not their wallets.

Adventurous couples may want to stamp mountains at their wedding!

Adventurous couples may want to stamp mountains at their wedding! Personalize yours at this Etsy store.

Alternative Wedding Ideas For A Second Marriage

If there is one thing we know, is that couples feel really free to do what their like and enjoy when getting married for the second time. That’s why we rounded up some fantastic alternative wedding ideas for a second marriage celebration. Let your imagination take hold and remember to make it memorable!

Shake things up! Brunch weddings are all the rage and perfect for after a small and intimate civil ceremony. Or ask your favorite coffee place if you can host a pop up wedding (no more than 8 people, please) at their space with no music and no need for decorations. Definitely a less casual setup that is fun for everybody. Cut the cake first. Or even welcome the guests at the entrance.

Surprise your guests. Make it yours. It’s your second marriage—a second chance to show off your unique style. However, make your dreams budget-friendly and realistic. For example, rent a beach house for a weekend and celebrate with your closest friends. A truly unforgettable experience.

Colorado is a spectacular place to get married for the second time. This lodge at Beaver Creek makes you wish it was winter now.

Colorado is a spectacular place to get married for the second time. This lodge at Beaver Creek makes you wish it was winter now.

Delicious omelette station for a wedding brunch reception. Photographer: Brian Samuels Photography.

Delicious omelette station for a wedding brunch reception. Photographer: Brian Samuels Photography.

Forget the same old catering this second time around and go for a more contemporary style.

Forget the same old catering this second time around and go for a more contemporary style.

Destination Weddings: Celebration and Honeymoon All in One

Consider getting wed at an intimate or unique destination location. The beach, a snowy mountain resort, or your mutual favorite place in the world. By hosting a destination wedding, you can add a new tone and a memorable setting to your second nuptials.

Plan an entirely different second wedding from the first, and add a fresh start to your union. Put in that unconventional flavor and have fun. Adventure-seeking couples may get married by a sherpa at the foot of the Himalayas. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Surprise your guests with a beach wedding. Perfect for South Florida couples.

Surprise your guests with a beach wedding. Perfect for South Florida couples.

Indulge in an olive bar. If it's in Tuscany even better.

Indulge in an olive bar. If it’s in Tuscany even better.

Ever dreamt of getting married in Paris? Now's your chance! Second marriage wedding ideas.

Ever dreamt of getting married in Paris? Now’s your chance! Second marriage wedding ideas.

Related: Trendy Plus Sized Wedding Guest Dresses, Curvy is the New Black

Why Getting Married for the Second Time is Much Better Than The First

Getting married for the second time is one of the boldest steps you can take in your life. But the truth is, a lot wiser, caring, trusting you is available for the taking. Of course, things do get bet better the second time around.

Life at 40 looks much different than life at 20. You can use that first-hand experience to build a stronger and more realistic relationship. You know what you want, you are older and more experienced and you know marriage is not all roses. You can own your wrongs and you are better prepared to build a loving, new and wonderful life together.

Remember that marriage is a choice and, if you decide to give it another go, be all in. But of course, have fun in the process!!! Keep in touch! Follow us on Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram for more ideas on how to celebrate a second marriage or a first! 🙂

Take your wedding to Napa Valley, like this Calistoga wedding, and dine al fresco with your guests. It will be an unforgettable soirée. Photographer: Matt Edge Wedding Photography.

Take your wedding to Napa Valley, like this Calistoga wedding, and dine al fresco with your guests. It will be an unforgettable soirée. Photographer: Matt Edge Wedding Photography.

Elope in front of the Eiffel Tower in the city of lights. Four Seasons in Paris, named one of the best rooftop wedding venues in the world.

Elope in front of the Eiffel Tower in the city of lights. Four Seasons in Paris, named one of the best rooftop wedding venues in the world.

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Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses are taking the world of weddings by storm. Let’s cover her 2017 collection, who she designs for, how much do her designs cost and where to buy them.

High low wedding dress Beatrice. Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses collection.

High low wedding dress Beatrice. Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses collection.

Plunging necklines, sensual backs, feminine and perfectly defined lines with an impeccable cut are the trademark of Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses. From the most suggestive and vaporous ones to the elegance of lace, they distill her passion for fashion, quality of design and perfect choice of fabrics.

While her designs are jaw-dropping by anyone’s standard, she perfectly balances glamour with class and “wow” factor. This is perfectly demonstrated by her backless dresses, her flawlessly-placed embellishments and use of lace and a figure-enhancing silhouette. Need we say more?

Are You an Alessandra Rinaudo Bride?

The Alessandra Rinaudo bride is classy, glamorous but above all, she is the protagonist. Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses always highlight the natural beauty of the bride with unique designs and extreme attention to detail.

An Alessandra Rinaudo bride may have a special affinity for backless dresses. Many gowns in the collection let the bride bare skin completely or through open lace patterns.

Any bride will feel chic and romantic when wearing a Rinaudo design brimming with classic Italian style and modern-day elegance.



Alessandra Rinaudo Wedding Dresses 2017 Collection

Elegant, classic and beautiful are all words to describe the collection by Italian wedding dress designer Alessandra Rinaudo for the Nicole Spose bridal collection. Modern Wedding called Alessandra’s collection for 2017 a “masterpiece of Italian style and taste, based on elegance, research, and tradition”.

The Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses 2017 collection features her incredibly stunning and surprising backs that have become a trademark detail in her designs as well as those perfectly balanced trains that complement brides’ figures so well.

Princess gowns, her famous mermaid silhouettes can be found adorning the designer’s groundbreaking line. Alessandra’s use of Italian silk, French lace and delicate satins, gives them a soft and romantic feel.

Italian designer Alessandra Rinaudo combines fashion, design and luxury in her dress Benedetta from the 2017 collection.

Italian designer Alessandra Rinaudo combines fashion, design and luxury in her dress Benedetta from the 2017 collection.

Personality, class and good taste on the collection of Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses 2017. Benedetta (back)

Personality, class and good taste on the collection of Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses 2017. Benedetta (back)




Alessandra Rinaudo Short Wedding Dresses

Short designs can sometimes feel that they are missing the extra “oomph” that long dresses have. This is far from the case with an Alessandra Rinaudo design. What these dresses lack in length they more than make up for in beauty and elegance.

One particularly memorable design from her 2017 collection is a high-low dress like we’ve never seen before. The dress ends right about the knee with a trumpet silhouette that flows into a long, full train in the back. Topped with short capped lace sleeves and bodice makes for a classic dress with a fun twist.

Alessandra Rinaudo Wedding Dresses 2017 Photo Gallery

The Details

Of course, your next question is probably how do I get my hands on one of these gorgeous Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses? Find the closest bridal store on her website’s directory. They are all listed!

Her dresses range in price from $2600 to $4900. Not bad, huh? And her masterpieces come in U.S. sizes 2 to 22.

Alessandra Rinaudo Wedding Dresses 2017 Second Photo Gallery

Would you like to see more dresses? Then check out this article on Timeless, Elegant and Sexy Wedding Dresses for the Modern Bride or read Will the White Wedding Dress Tradition continue? if you still haven’t decided for color on your wedding gown or not. 😉

Photography Credit: Nicole Spose

Berenice is a chic and elegant mermaid silhouette wedding dress with illusion sleeves and low back. A long train perfect for a ceremony in the South of France.

Berenice is a chic and elegant mermaid silhouette wedding dress with illusion sleeves and low back. A long train perfect for a ceremony in the South of France.

Berenice, one of the elegant mermaid silhouette typical of the Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses 2017 collection, invites us to a wedding by the sea.

Berenice, one of the elegant mermaid silhouette typical of the Alessandra Rinaudo wedding dresses 2017 collection, invites us to a wedding by the sea.

For brides who want to look impeccable and in style on their wedding day. Beryl. Alessandra Rinaudo 2017 Collection wedding dress.

For brides who want to look impeccable and in style on their wedding day. Beryl. Alessandra Rinaudo 2017 Collection wedding dress.

Passion and commitment: this is the magic of her work. Bergenia (back) gown from the 2017 Alessandra Rinaudo collection.

Passion and commitment: this is the magic of her work. Bergenia (back) gown from the 2017 Alessandra Rinaudo collection.

Adorable white wedding gown by the Italian designer with cap sleeces and embroidery all over. Bibi. Alessandra Rinaudo 2017 Collection wedding dresses.

Adorable white wedding gown by the Italian designer with cap sleeces and embroidery all over. Bibi. Alessandra Rinaudo 2017 Collection wedding dresses.

Unique and spectacular wedding dress designs by Alessandra Rinaudo. Bridget.

Unique and spectacular wedding dress designs by Alessandra Rinaudo. Bridget.

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We are certain you will fall in love with this collection of chic and elegant cocktail dresses. The latest trends and most adorable ensembles!! 😉

Soft pink ruffled dropwaist high-low hem daytime cocktail dress with side pockets and pullover styling by Anthropologie "Camellia"

Soft pink ruffled dropwaist high-low hem daytime cocktail dress with side pockets and pullover styling by Anthropologie “Camellia”

Are you dreading that upcoming event because you have nothing to wear?  Never fear, ladies! You do not have to dust off that same old dress you wear year after year. We have your rundown of 2017 trends for chic and elegant cocktail dresses.

Related: Trendy Plus Sized Wedding Guest Dresses, Curvy is the New Black

Long and Short Cocktail Dresses: 2017 Trends

Let’s take a look at what this year has brought to the runway and – hopefully – into our closets!

Long live geometric patterns! They re-define a confident look with exaggerated lines, pleats, drapes and volume. Crop top dresses were all over the runway this year, look for this cutting edge trend in bold prints and vibrant colors.

Metallics like deep blue with iridescent tones and bright colors like pink, bubble gum pink, deep cherry and soft pastel pink!

No matter long or short, the shimmery rose gold continues to dominate the market. Perfect for a variety of skin tones rose golds and blushes can easily balance out boxy geometric patterns.

The ball gown skirt is making a comeback! Many of these full skirt styles are paired with lace or sequined crop tops. The Illusion style is growing more popular by the day. These elegant cocktail dresses feature skin-toned material peeking out of lace or mesh. The backs of these evening dresses feature sheer materials and embellishments such as buttons or jewels.

The sparkle remains prominent as a 2017 trend, so let’s shine ladies! Short evening dresses in geometric patterns have all over beading that creates a shimmer. Long and sheer is popular with sequins tucked under the lace to give the wearer a soft glow. Minis are out. Those feeling a little more daring and futuristic can opt for sheath dresses covered in sequins or satiny metallic material.



Elegant cocktail dresses by Georges Hobeika Spring 2017 Couture | Lanvin 2017 RTW | Marchesa 2017 collection.

Elegant cocktail dresses by Georges Hobeika Spring 2017 Couture | Lanvin 2017 RTW | Marchesa 2017 collection.

Beautiful flowing cocktail dress in bonded crepe from the Peter Langner evening spring summer 2017 collection,

Beautiful flowing cocktail dress in bonded crepe from the Peter Langner evening spring summer 2017 collection.

For a very formal affair consider a geometrically shaped pink dress with a black sash belt like this evening gown by Peter Langner, Spring/Summer 2017 Collection.

For a very formal affair consider a geometrically shaped pink dress with a black sash belt like this evening gown by Peter Langner, Spring/Summer 2017 Collection.

Dreamy! Sleeveless scoop neck and sheer sheath evening dress by Berta 2017 RTW.

Dreamy! Sleeveless scoop neck and sheer sheath evening dress by Berta 2017 RTW.

Plus Sized Cocktail Dresses for Weddings: Les Chic Evening Gowns

Designers are getting it right for the plus sized cocktail dress in 2017. Full skirts are knee length or shorter and have waistlines that flatter your curves. Many evening dresses feature belts or draping in the “right” places.

We absolutely adore geometric patterns as they help draw attention to them and disguise a few problem areas. The illusion lace and mesh styles meet flowy features such as ruffles, bustiers, and empire waists allowing you to play with lines where you need them most.

Remember to leverage the little black dress. It will never go out of fashion and every woman must own at least one LBD dress. Ideally you should have several of these elegant cocktail dresses with different cuts and details. This season, the little black dress is recommended to us by many designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Marchesa, and Osman.

This black illusion neckline evening dress has sheer beaded sleeves. The skirt on this plus size formal gown is flowing and elegant. Darius Couture USA. Photo by Daniele Venturelli/amfAR15.

This black illusion neckline evening dress has sheer beaded sleeves. The skirt on this plus size formal gown is flowing and elegant. Darius Couture USA. Photo by Daniele Venturelli/amfAR15.

Adorable plus size two piece satin ball gown dress by David's Bridal. Great for both daytime or evening functions.

Adorable plus size two piece satin ball gown dress by David’s Bridal. Great for both daytime or evening functions.

Floral patterns are so in for spring! What we love most about this little black dress is how it is dressy, yet casual enough for almost any occasion! A Night To Remember Dress by Perfectly Priscilla Boutique.

Floral patterns are so in for spring! What we love most about this little black dress is how it is dressy, yet casual enough for almost any occasion! A Night To Remember Dress by Perfectly Priscilla Boutique.




Stunningly chic plus size cocktail dress with a crochet trim cold-shoulder by global fashion.

Stunningly chic plus size cocktail dress with a crochet trim cold-shoulder by global fashion.

Elegant Cocktail Dresses with Sleeves: Our Favorites!

This year’s statement sleeves and oversized shoulders definitely stole our hearts. Look ultra chic in elegant cocktail dresses with sleeves. This year’s trends are showing long sleeves for both long and short cocktail dresses and crop top dresses with sleeves are all over the runway.

Other popular options for dresses with sleeves are peasant style sleeves, shoulder cut-outs or three-quarter length sleeves. Choose yours from the many dresses with illusion designs have sheer lace or mesh sleeves.

Love the neck and sleeves on this simple yet elegant cocktail dress! La Petite Robe by Chiara Boni Spring 2017 Ready To Wear.

Love the neck and sleeves on this simple yet elegant cocktail dress! La Petite Robe by Chiara Boni Spring 2017 Ready To Wear.

Relaxed fit matte sequin dress with three quarter sleeves and a low back by Luna B.

Relaxed fit matte sequin dress with three quarter sleeves and a low back by Luna B.

The little black dress will never go out of fashion. Check out these embellished and elegant cocktail dresses by Berta Ready To Wear Fall 2017 collection!

The little black dress will never go out of fashion. Check out these embellished and elegant cocktail dresses by Berta Ready To Wear Fall 2017 collection!

Chic and Elegant Cocktail Dresses for Wedding Inspiration Photo Gallery

  • Absolutely breathtaking and elegant black dress by Romona Keveza.

    Absolutely breathtaking and elegant black dress by Romona Keveza.
  • Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Romona Keveza.

    There's beauty in the simplicity of the lines of this little black dress that leaves us breathless Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Romona Keveza.
  • Out of the 2017 Ready-to-Wear Cushnie et Ochs runway!

    Out of the 2017 Ready-to-Wear Cushnie et Ochs runway a little black dress that will definitely leave a lasting impression.
  • Embellished evening gown from the fall 2017 RTW Badgley Mischka collection,

    Embellished evening gown from the fall 2017 RTW Badgley Mischka collection,
  • Georges Hobeika 2017 collection.

    Delicate and elegant embroidered dress with ball gown skirt by Georges Hobeika 2017 collection.
  • Stunning evening gown from the pre-fall 2017 Marchesa collection.

    Raspberry pink and 3-D embroidered roses on this stunning evening gown from the pre-fall 2017 Marchesa collection.
  • Fall 2017 RTW collection by Pamella Roland.

    Shimmer sheer and shimply fabulous from the fall 2017 RTW collection by Pamella Roland.

Navy blue sheath dress by Carolina Herrera | Bright yeallow and pink Edward Arsouni | Balmain Pre-fall 2017.

Navy blue sheath dress by Carolina Herrera | Bright yeallow and pink Edward Arsouni | Balmain Pre-fall 2017.

We hope you enjoyed our picks of chic and elegant cocktail dresses for weddings and that this adorable collection has helped you choose your next evening dress!

Geometry is art in this Romona Keveža Spring Summer 2017 mullet-style little black dress.

Geometry is art in this Romona Keveža Spring Summer 2017 mullet-style little black dress.

From the Spring 2017 collections by Marchesa, Tony Ward and Zac Posen, a trio of elegant cocktail dresses for wedding to shine through the night.

From the Spring 2017 collections by Marchesa, Tony Ward and Zac Posen, a trio of elegant cocktail dresses for wedding to shine through the night.

Formal plus-size floor-length evening dress with embellished v-neck, bodice and three-quarter length sleeves by Simply Dresses.

Formal plus-size floor-length evening dress with embellished v-neck, bodice and three-quarter length sleeves by Simply Dresses.

Chic and sexy Elisabetta Franchi Spring 2017 RTW evening gown.

Chic and sexy Elisabetta Franchi Spring 2017 RTW evening gown.

Show off your wispy figure with a short black chiffon Halter evening gown. Created by Luulia.

Show off your wispy figure with a short black chiffon Halter evening gown. Created by Luulia.

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