Marrying Later in LIfe Weddings
By marryinglaterinlife on July 30, 2010
Marrying Later in Life brides have other challenges than first time brides do.
We will address those changes in today's post and in future articles.
Today we will talk about the actual ceremony and look forward to your responses.
As Modern Mature Brides, we tend to focus on the ceremony as a time to include family and close friends in the ceremony, especially when blending families and children.
Try to include children on both sides as much as possible to give them a strong feeling of being part of a new family. In some circumstances, this is not as easy as it sounds, however; it is a good way to start a marriage and build a foundation for future strong, loving relationships.
Often when marrying later in life, we have lost one or both of our parents, so including the children is another way to pass on our family legacy's.
There are many ways to include the children.
Marsha had her two sons walk her down the aisle.
Elizabeth was lucky to have her Father still alive to walk her down the aisle, but had Steve's children surrounding them.
Other later in life brides have shared these thoughts:
Having their children stand up for them, give them away as brides or read a blessing during the ceremony. If the children are very young, include them as flower girls, ring bearers, bridesmaids, grooms men or ushers.
Make them feel special. For girls that might mean involving them in a day of beauty or searching for the perfect outfit for the ceremony. As boys, it might mean sharing a sports day with your new husband to be.
As a bride marrying later in life, we tend to be more conscious of tailoring our ceremonies to reflect the love of family and close friends as opposed to being "all about the bride."
What do you think?
Elizabeth & Marsha