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second marriage

For some of us, our first weddings were traditional, and so when we’re getting married for a second time, we want to go nontraditional. This archive is full of inspiration and ideas for second weddings… readings, real weddings, and more. Also, be sure you check out our blended family archive.

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Beth & Jay’s sunflower, kid-friendly, 40-something wedding

When asked what made her wedding offbeat, Beth said, “What, being gray and bald isn’t offbeat enough in our pretty young bride magazine world?” I say that anyone who rocks who they are and where they’re at in their life at their wedding (or in general) is just plain awesome. Beth and Jay did, in fact, rock their kid-friendly, 40-something second wedding. It included a traditional service featuring Beth’s kids as the wedding party, sunflowers, and lots of DIY details.

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Marriage as an act of freedom vs. conformity

Anyone who has taken a Gender Studies class knows all the standard stuff about marriage being an exchange of chattel, property, protecting the paternity of babies, etc. We can see how these historical dynamics still affect us.

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Planning my second wedding: funny how what was important the last time isn’t this time

I’m engaged and planning for my second wedding. I’ve grown up a bit and now know more about who I am. Plus, I have the right guy as the groom. This time around, I’m not at all concerned with how things are “supposed” to be done. There is no “book” and I’m not going to please everyone else. We are spending time, energy, and money on the things that are most important to my H2B and me, things that are uniquely us, and things we will remember.

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Jennifer & Mark’s 1950s, vintage Barbie, Hollywood glamour wedding

Day two of Offbeat Mama-Bride week brings us Jennifer and Mark’s vintage-style wedding with a Barbie theme. Jennifer’s daughters were both MOHs and rocked some pretty incredible bridesmaid’s dresses.

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Miranda & Mike’s Fun-filled Festival Wedding

The offbeat bride: Miranda Podger, Registered Nurse Her offbeat partner: Mike Podger Location & date of wedding: The dance marquee in a very muddy field at the Pontardawe Music Festival in Pontardawe, South Wales, UK on August 16th, 2008 What made our wedding offbeat: A traditional wedding with all the trimmings was never going to […]