This is Why You Should Consider Throwing a Sequel Wedding
November 18, 2020
We're not crying, you're crying.
It's no secret that COVID-19 has left couples looking to get married feeling lost and confused. As a result, the wedding industry has had to continually adapt to the ever-evolving safety restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at large ceremonies. The boom of "sequel ceremonies" comes as no surprise then! While the idea of planning a second ceremony can seem daunting, we're here to tell you that they actually provide a silver lining to the current circumstances.
Below—all the ins and outs you need to know about sequel weddings, from how to plan one to who to invite:
Let's start from the top—what even is a sequel wedding?
The first step in deciding if throwing a sequel ceremony is right for you? Understanding exactly what you're getting into. At its core, a sequel wedding is when a couple decides to get legally married now—like at a micro wedding with very few people—and then postpones their larger celebration for a later date. This allows you to tie the knot with the one you love ASAP which can be enticing for couples eager to begin living out that married lifestyle.
This is why you should consider throwing a sequel ceremony:
Not only is throwing a sequel wedding safer for all of your guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also allows you to tie the knot on the day you originally planned on. Because let's face it—postponing your original wedding date to a later time can get in the way of a lot of married life plans like buying a house or starting a family.
The steps you need to take in order to throw a successful sequel ceremony:
Let your vendors know ASAP.
Now's not the time to procrastinate—if you're wanting to postpone your large ceremony for a later date, talk to your vendors about their postponement policies as soon as you make your decision. Then, you and your partner will need to decide on what vendors you want to use at your first small wedding versus which ones you want to use at your larger sequel wedding.
Once you've sorted out your vendors, alert your guests!
The next step you need to take is to let your guests know about your updated plans. But be wary—some family and friends will have something to say about being removed from the original guest list. The key is to keep calm and let everyone know that it isn't personal! If your plans are clear on your sequel wedding, your guests will rest easy knowing that they will be able to celebrate you and yours at a later, and much safer, date.
Commit to the idea and make each ceremony special in its own way!
If it's looking like a sequel wedding will be in your future then fully commit to the idea and make each ceremony completely unique! For example, you could keep your first ceremony close to home with details that are especially relevant to your relationship, like incorporating specific religious decor or including your dog as the ring bearer. For your sequel ceremony, you can get a little more extravagant with a dance floor and elaborate lighting for all of your friends and family to celebrate under.