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The rules for remarrying are already significantly murkier than when you're getting married for the first time. Tradition, is not necessarily as important, but ensuring that you and your loved ones are comfortable and happy is the key. So when it comes to pre-wedding parties for a second-time bride, what is the protocol? Does a bride whose remarrying need to have a bridal shower? Our etiquette experts weight in.
In today's world, it's not uncommon for people to remarry, and because of that, second-time brides are often celebrated with the same parties and showers as a first time Mrs. And there's nothing wrong with that! There's many reasons why a marriage doesn't work out, and everyone deserves to celebrate their love with the same amount of enthusiasm no matter what their past entailed.
Most brides getting remarried will have a shower very similar to those getting married for the first time. It's really up to the bride and her bridesmaids. Since they may not need home goods or lingerie items, the theme of the shower is up to the group and can reflect more entertainment and lifestyle items like an Apple TV or gift certificate for a couple's massage at a spa.
Like anything involved with your wedding, it's completely up to you and your comfort zone. If the second go 'round you want to throw a laidback party with family and friends and forego a shower, that's totally fine. On the other hand, if you want to be fêted by family and friends ahead of your big day you absolutely should.