The Rise of the Sequel Wedding

So your wedding has been postponed again for the second or third time this year. It’s absolutely heartbreaking and frustrating I know.  But what if there is a silver lining to all of this?

Double the wedding, double the fun!

Have you ever heard of a sequel wedding? A sequel wedding is a wedding with multiple parts. Usually, the first ceremony is more intimate with either just the couple eloping or with family,  and then the second ceremony is much larger – the party ceremony! 

In these Covid times, couples are still determined to legally marry sooner rather than later, and then have a big celebration in 2021 or 2022. 

Many couples at the moment are opting for a minimony – a smaller version of a postponed wedding on their original date so they can do the legal part and still spend it with family. The experience of being with their loved ones in person to celebrate and exchange vows is hugely important. Couples separated from friends can then opt for a bigger party later on to reunite and celebrate.

Reasons to have a sequel wedding

Sequel weddings are not a new concept but they will become the new norm from 2021 and beyond.  There are many different reasons couples choose to have a sequel wedding. They are popular in multi faith relationships and for couples with different cultural backgrounds, having multiple weddings allows them to cover each faith separately. 

Some couples may choose to get married abroad and then want to celebrate when they get home, in addition to this they may have elderly relatives who can’t travel but want to be part of the celebrations and can do this during the sequel wedding.

How weddings are adapting so you don’t have to miss out on the big day you planned

The Covid -19 pandemic has taught us how to adapt, think outside the box and turn a rubbish situation into a positive one. In the wedding industry we are optimistic. It is certainly more a case of what we can do for you instead of what we cannot do. 

At Clevedon Hall in Somerset, they paint this picture to couples: Imagine your minimony like a bottomless brunch – you get married, pop open the fizz, have a delicious lunch with a band playing in the background and all have a fabulous time. Then you get to do it all over again but even bigger when restrictions lift.

Having a celebrant officiate your sequel wedding

When organising a sequel wedding, it is important for couples to celebrate in front of those family and friends who missed out the first time. Just think of your smaller wedding as the prequel to the main event.

You have already completed the legals at your first wedding, so by having a celebrant officiate your wedding, couples have the freedom to create more authentic moments of celebration with their family and friends. It gives you the opportunity to reaffirm the vows you made to each other the first time, revisit the commitments made and what your promises are for the future.  You can throw the rule book out the window as you are not restricted to the legalities of a formal registrar wedding so you can be as creative as you wish. You can include symbolic rituals such as hand fasting, or if you wanted something a little more out there, how about getting your guests to indulge in a little karaoke mid ceremony. Really anything goes and that is the great thing about having a sequel wedding.

No one knows how long these restrictions are going to last for, but what we are sure of is that love isn’t cancelled. People are still falling in love, getting engaged and still planning the wedding of their dreams.

After so long apart, the sequel wedding is the perfect opportunity to celebrate, to laugh , dance and hug loved ones again. I for one am looking forward to that!

With thanks to Lauren and the team at Clevedon Hall Somerset for showing me around their beautiful venue.

Photo credits

Clevedon Hall

Brad Wakefield Photography

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November 4, 2020

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