One of the e-mails I got recently in our AskMartha mailbox (AskMartha@MarthaStewartWeddings.com) came from a 60-year-old bride who said:
I am excited about planning a wedding event but looking for ideas on what would be "right" or "politically correct" for a wedding at this age! What else is appropriate for the ceremony, celebration, announcements, etc. -- all of the questions that a young bride has an older bride also has. BUT I feel the answers are different than when I was planning my first wedding at age 24.
I actually don't think the answers are any different!
Except that etiquette would say that she shouldn't wear a blusher veil; those are usually reserved for first-time brides. And wearing a veil at all might seem incredibly odd for anyone over the age of 35; veils = ingenues. But she can wear white!
And though a second-time bride can "return to the protection of her parents" and have them serve as the official hosts of the wedding, with their names on the invite, it would seem distinctly odd in the case of a bride old enough to be someone else's parent.
But everything else would be the same, actually. The format is timeless.
Got any advice for her? What choices have you made that would have been different if you were older?