If you're getting married for the second time, make sure you choose a dress that makes you feel truly special. You can follow the rules or bend tradition; today, you have more choices for a second wedding dress than ever.
White or Not?
It's the big question for the formerly married: Should you wear white? In days gone by, the answer would have been a solid and unyielding "no". Today, however, second-time brides-to-be are walking down the aisle in every possible color--including white.
A compromise might be an ivory, off-white or beige dress. You can also look for a dress that has a white background with colored touches, such as peach-colored lace. However, if it's your dream to walk down the aisle again in white, do it! Your second marriage deserves the same attention as the first, and it's your prerogative to look and feel beautiful on this special day.
Your Dress Length
You can go for a full length gown, a cocktail length dress or anything in between. Some second-time brides feel a floor length, full cut gown is too frilly this time around. If that's you, then try a sophisticated dress that comes just to your knee, or a mid-calf length.
If you're uncertain about a traditional type of gown but still want that princess feel, add some details to a sophisticated dress. Silver straps over tanned shoulders are a wonderful look for anyone. Lace, pearls and beads are also nice touches.
Suit the Occasion
Like any other bride, you should match your dress style to the formality of the celebration.
If you are planning an intimate garden affair in your back yard, shorter is better. Skip the gloves and spiked shoes and go for a flowing number that falls gracefully to your calves.
An evening wedding usually calls for something more dressy. In this case, look for either a full-length gown or a sparkly cocktail dress.
The Wedding Veil
The wedding veil was traditionally a sign of virginity, and some second-time brides may feel a little silly in a waist-length puff of tulle. This doesn't mean you can't wear a veil at all, however. Try a shorter style that clips onto the back of your hair and falls to the middle of your neck. Another option is a lovely puff of white in a barrette clip.
If you do opt for a veil, don't wear it over your face. Have it pushed back over your hair for a lovely but more sophisticated look.
Some second-time brides don't have bridesmaids at all; others elect to have several female friends and family members stand up with them. For a second wedding, the rules are more relaxed as to how your bridesmaids or your matron of honor should dress. A nice look is to have your bridesmaids choose the same color but whatever style they like best.
Wear it Again
Depending upon what type of second wedding dress you buy, you may be able to alter it and eventually wear it again. If you're the practical type, select a dress that will be useful to you in the future at other formal affairs.
Your second marriage is special, and deserves to be honored. Traditional or not, take the time to select a wedding dress that will make you feel wonderful.