Unique Wedding Ideas for a Second Marriage

Updated July 20, 2017

It doesn't matter that it's the second time; what's important is that you have found someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. Take this opportunity to have the wedding of your dreams by incorporating small details that will make it a unique marriage.


Traditional wedding vows are common with first weddings. One unique way to set your second marriage apart is to write your own vows. Having been married before, you now know what it is like to live in a marriage, so you may have different expactations and promises within your vows than you did the first time around. Writing your own vows can add a deeper meaning to your commitment. has several great suggestions for vows such as, "I marry you with my eyes wide open. You have helped me let go of the past, and I embrace the future. Thank you for making me laugh again. Bless you for taking my hand as we begin anew."

Family Medallion Ceremony

Often times when remarrying, a couple brings children from another marriage into their new union. It is important to include your family in your ceremony, showing that the union is not between just the two of you but integrates the entire family. One way to show your children the commitment extends to them is to give each child a special family medallion during the ceremony. The medallion has three interlocking circles representing the wife, husband and the children. The bride and groom can even take a pledge as part of the ceremony and ask for the children's blessings.

Wedding Themes

Marrying for the second time can be less stressful. The pressures of having a large wedding and sticking to the norm are oftentimes alleviated. Find a theme that means something to the two of you, such as rock 'n' roll, a location where you met or enjoy going to or a sport you do together (e.g., a baseball-themed wedding). Choosing to go with a theme shows your guests that the two of you can have fun and enjoy entertaining. has many themed ideas to choose from.


Second brides can get away with more, so be creative. Perhaps you want to wear turquoise heels with your white gown. If you've always loved vintage, try a 1950s tea-length style gown. If you didn't like wearing a veil before, ditch it for a beautiful flower in your hair or a vintage headpiece. Customise this wedding to your current likings.

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About the Author

Brandy Pohl has been writing since 2004, when she was published in "Destination Purdue," an agricultural magazine for Purdue University. She has worked in marketing, inside sales, pharmaceutical contracts and the education industry. Pohl holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Purdue University and is pursuing her teaching licensure in elementary education.