According to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics, the bride, groom, or both, in nearly 25% of marriages has been married before. The days of being obliged to have a quiet do in a registry office, dressed in your Sunday best, are well and truly over and there is no reason why a second marriage should not be celebrated with as much panache as a first.

Here at Fleur de Lys Bridal, we’ve noticed a rise in the number of second brides trusting us to help them find the perfect dress.  Everyone is different, some second brides are simply looking forward to getting right to the point: becoming husband and wife, and some are determined to make the most of the excitement of planning their nuptials to the minutest detail. Whether you want to keep it simple or you want to be worthy of a Hello magazine feature, the ceremony options for remarriages are endless, depending on personal tastes of the bride and groom.

So, if you’re planning your second wedding, here are five ceremony ideas for second weddings.

Tie the knot in a unique, intimate location
Host a destination wedding! This is more likely to be completely different from your first, and can be distant both literally and mentally, so won’t lead to the potential of any comparisons being made.

Skip the traditional walk down the aisle
If you really want to avoid tradition, shake things up a bit. Play the musical selection of your choice, stand together, and welcome each of your guests as they enter the ceremony. Which could then be followed by you and your fiancé walking up to the altar together.

Include your children
There are numerous ways that your children can be included into your ceremony. The simplest option would be to have them involved on the big day, by asking your son or daughter to be your best man or maid of honour. Additionally, they could partake in the actual ceremony by doing a reading, or even officiating.

Still include your parents
Instead of following the normal wedding traditions that you may have done with your first, your parents could be part of your wedding party, or read something during the ceremony.

Do something completely unexpected
Throw a surprise wedding! If you truly want an intimate wedding, it’s simple. Select a date and a venue, send out invitations to guests pretending you’re holding a party of some sort, and then wait for the big day. We’re sure all your guests will be pleasantly shocked at the actual party taking place.

Hopefully these ideas have helped the planning of your second wedding. But don’t forget, you should still feel and look your best on your big day, so don’t hold back. At Fleur de Lys Bridal, we stock a selection of stunning designer gowns that suit all brides, so check out our gowns online. To find out more about our boutique and how we can help you, call us on 01799 526982 today.