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It is important for the couple getting married to set a budget and discuss all the details of the wedding. Share all your expectations and dreams with each other. You are getting a second chance to plan a wedding that suits your relationship, personalities and style. Make sure you gather information about the etiquette and ideas for second weddings. This article will cover the details of the invitations. Firstly you have to decide who will be invited to the wedding. This is where you will have to draw the line between going big and bold or having a small, intimate gathering. Of course you can invite anybody you want but the deciding factor will probably be your budget. I would advise against inviting ex-spouses or former out-laws (just kidding!) even if you are on good terms. Because of your previous ties they may get melancholy and make other guests uncomfortable which may spoil your special day. You should use your discretion though. Etiquette for announcing a second wedding is pretty much the same as for the first. It is commonly done by the couple nowadays but the parents can make the announcement if they wish. People who were not invited to the wedding should only receive an announcement after the ceremony. The norm is to use heavy card stock for formal weddings, verbal invitations for informal events and any of an enormous array of invitations for semi-formal occasions. The same etiquette applies to second weddings. I would not recommend emailing invitations if you want a small, informal wedding though. Regular mail or even a phone call is much more personal and it is a special occasion after all. You can find samples of wording for second wedding invitations hosted by the couple at http://www.idotaketwo.com/invitation_1.html or if it is hosted by the parents at http://www.idotaketwo.com/invitation_2.html and if it is hosted by the couple's children at http://www.idotaketwo.com/invitation_3.html. You can use it as is or tweak it to suit your taste. Any of these samples are acceptable. Even if you do not want gifts please do not say that on the invitation. This implies that you were expecting gifts. This is not considered correct etiquette but you can convey the message by word of mouth or by mentioning it on your wedding website if you have one. These can be created easily and is a great way to share your whole happy story with others. As you can see there definitely are differences between the first and second wedding etiquette and ideas. But thanks to the Internet you do not have to spend hours anymore trying to find out what the correct procedure is.
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