Second Weddings

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I wanted to introduce myself - my name is Melanie and I am from PA. I am new to this board; this is my second wedding and I was actually a member back in 2001 for my first wedding. I found The Knot to be very helpful then so thought I would re-connect.

We were engaged about two weeks ago but had discussed it for several months. He has three beautiful girls ranging from 8 to 14 years. We included them from the beginning; we even told them with a sparkling grape juice toast before we told our parents. I asked them to be my bridesmaids and they accepted :-). Still working on what else to do for including them - I did see there are some good posts on this topic.

Next is the idea of a second wedding (both of us). What we know so far: Church ceremony and wedding reception for about 40 adults and 10 children hopefully in April or May 2016. No showers etc. Thinking some sort of rehearsal will be needed simply because we have children and others in the ceremony. I do plan on wearing a white or cream dress that I hopefully find and love :-). Yes to a cake and minimal flowers (perhaps just bouquets). No DJ but friend will bring her equipment so we have microphone etc. Yes to a good photographer. Most important is a good experience for ours guests given we will be selecting those most important in our lives. As such, thinking the reception meal, open bar is probably the most important. Favors thinking glass coffee mug with some sort of treat inside. Simple invites, rsvp and thank you cards ordered online. Also thinking Save the Date cards simply because we have limited to about 20 people each (40 adults) and we really hope everyone can attend - wonder if advance notice will help with scheduling.

Now to the only real quandary I have at the moment. Gifts. We do not want or expect gifts. Mainly because we are established in our careers and do not feel right accepting anything. We just want people to come and enjoy some time with us. That being said I know people will bring or give money even if we say no. I have seen some boards with posts regarding gifts but nothing on point about what I am wondering. Can we suggest a donation to charity or perhaps to make people feel like they are bringing something - toys or children clothes for a local shelter as choice one and choice two something for military or law enforcement fund. I do not know if any of this is acceptable - If I received this as a guest I personally would think it is a great idea. However at this age I know I don't even know half of everything. So open to opinions and ideas. I also know this is posted under "New to Board" but thought I would throw it out here - I can re-post the same if I still need to as I get closer on having to decide.

I think that is all for step is to finalize date. May xxx? Oh I forgot also thinking of a Fri or Sunday wedding if venues are taken on Sat.

Thanks in advance for all the wonderful helpful posts!!

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    Welcome! This board is fairly slow, so you might find it more helpful to venture onto the more active boards if you're interested in more interaction.

    It is not appropriate to suggest guests donate to charity instead of giving you gifts, no. 
    What did you think would happen if you walked up to a group of internet strangers and told them to get shoehorned by their lady doc?~StageManager14
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    Thank you AddieCake!!! And I will check out other boards ...for some reason Second Wedding seemed like the first place for me to start :-)
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    You're welcome! I just didn't want you to post a question here and then be disappointed if you didn't get many replies or even any for a few days. That happens a lot on the slower boards.
    What did you think would happen if you walked up to a group of internet strangers and told them to get shoehorned by their lady doc?~StageManager14
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    Welcome! I'm the moderator on this board and a second time wife (married in 2012). Your plans sound lovely, personal, and well thought out!

    I agree with @AddieCake about the gifts and this board being slower. Feel free to post anything on here! I recommend posting actual planning questions on some of the other boards, but you may want to post on here about second wedding specific/blended family concerns.

    As for the gifts, you're right that people will give even if you don't want them to. You can't control people's generosity. It's rude to mention anything about gifts, though, because that makes the assumption that gifts were expected in the first place. Don't register and if anyone asks about it, just tell them you are not in need of anything at this time. However, if you do get money, you can take it and donate it privately to your favorite charity or sock it away for a vacation down the road.


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    Thanks Jells2dot0! I think I agree with both of you advice on gifts so no need to post again :-).We do have a blended family so there may be more to come and I of course will contribute as I am able.
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    CMGragainCMGragain member
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    Let me give you an awkward example of refusing gifts.  DH's father remarried several years after MIL died.  We were told of the plans by telephone.  We never received a written invitation.  I don't think they sent them at all.  We decided that DH should attend the wedding, and I shopped for a nice gift.  I found a beautiful antique cut crystal bowl. 

    When DH returned, he still had the bowl.  It was refused.  They said that they didn't want any gifts.  DH was terribly embarrassed.  I managed to return the bowl to the antique shop, telling them the reason and giving them a substantial restocking fee from my sheer embarrassment. 

    Please accept any gifts that you are offered with grace and gratitude. 
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    Great example of what not to do - thanks CMGragain!! I never want to make anyone feel embarrassed or hurt!
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