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Wedding Take 2! Questions to Ask Yourself When Preparing the Second Ceremony.

If you had an elopement or a cere-mini prior to your destination wedding, during the pandemic lockdowns, or for other personal reasons, you may be planning a second ceremony for family and friends. Here are some questions to speak to your partner about and share with your Officiant to help direct how you want the ceremony to go:

1. Do you want the language and logistics to reflect the Ceremony as a vow renewal or the same as the first wedding? Some couple’s may have kept their elopement secret and simply want the ceremony to embrace all the traditional language of a first-time ceremony.

For instance, the Officiant may simply say ‘I am honoured to perform this ceremony’ rather than ‘wedding ceremony’. It may also include stating that you’ve already been legally married: “They signed their legal papers on (date), but still wanted a wedding to thank all of the amazing people in this room for the role that you’ve played in this journey - both individually, and from them both as a couple. So thank you!"

This may also determine if you want to walk in separately during the processional or together.

2. Do you wish to sign anything during the ceremony. If your legal paperwork has already been completed, this could be as simple as a commemorative certificate as a souvenir.

3. Consider why having the second Ceremony important to you? Defining your reasons why will make for a heartfelt message for your Officiant to say to welcome your guests. For instance, the welcome message may focus on how important it is to celebrate and share in that celebration with everyone you love.