Is Second Wedding More Fun?
During the years of my involvement in weddings as a wedding planner, many times I had the honor to design couples’s second wedding. The remarkable thing is that all the couples were stress free, it was clear that they were living the moment, regardless the number of their guests. The number of couples who decide to move on a second wedding is growing as their ages increasing.
The venue. A beautiful garden in Afytos
Wedding Ceremony with the family
According to Shane McMurray, CEO of the Wedding Report, couples age 55 and older made up 8 percent of last year’s $53 billion wedding business and the number has doubled since 2002.
In 2011, women ages 55 and over accounted for 5.2 percent and men in that age range made up 7.9 percent of the more than 2.1 million marriages performed in that year in the U.S., according to Bowling Green State University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, based on analysis of census figures. That’s up from 2001 when 2.6 percent of new marriages performed were among women in that age group; for men, it was 6.6 percent. And those older couples spend more. That’s because they’re usually empty nesters who don’t have the same worries as their younger counterparts: They aren’t saving for their first home, for instance, and they aren’t burdened by huge student loan debts they must worry about paying off.
Older brides are spending differently. For instance, in the past, older brides tended to stick with special-occasion dresses, but now they want more traditional wedding gowns. It’s not only that, older brides opting for big fairy tale wedding according to Anne D’ Innocenzio
Is this the new trend?