Rhode Island Wedding Guide

What's This About Wearing White?

From Christina Friedrichsen's Intimate Weddings: Planning a Small Wedding that Fits Your Budget and Style, www.intimate-weddings.com

Although most brides tend to tone things down a bit for a second wedding, plenty of these brides still wear a white wedding dress. While the dress doesn't usually have beads, sequins, or a four-foot train, it can still be elegant.

Michele chose to wear a white wedding dress, but she had the back lowered six inches and had the train shortened to make it more nontraditional. "This time I got the dress that I wanted and that reflected my style, not the dress that made my mom cry," she says. She did not wear a veil.

Second Weddings
Photo by Captivation Studios

Whether a second-time bride opts for a wedding dress in white or her favorite color, she generally chooses a simpler design and she doesn't have to mind looking sexy. In fact, more and more second-time brides choose body-hugging designs with cutouts that show off some skin.

A sleek, sexy dress is far from being the only choice. Second-time brides can get away with wearing anything from pantsuits to floral sundresses.

What's on top?
When it comes to headgear, wedding etiquette says a blusher veil is definitely out for any wedding after the first one. However, other options such as off-the-face veils, tiaras, hats, bun rings, and flowers are fine. A second-time bride also has the option of wearing nothing at all on her head, that is.

Outfitting the Groom
Depending on the style of the wedding, a second-time groom might wear a bowler hat and tails or a Hawaiian shirt and shorts. Like the second-time bride, he is free to wear whatever he deems appropriate. For an outdoor garden wedding, he might wear a light-colored suit or simply dress pants and a dress shirt without a tie. For a formal indoor wedding, he might opt for a black tux.

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