Just Said Yes October 2021

Ceremony for "sequel Wedding"

Arielle, on July 20, 2021 at 5:45 PM Posted in Planning 0 6

Hi everyone!

My husband and I were supposed to get married on June 14th last year in Sonoma, CA, but, like everyone else, we had to cancel our plans. We initially tried moving the wedding to November 2020 but we realized before our initial wedding date that November wasn't going to work, either. So, we decided to get married on our original date in my mother's backyard and stream the wedding for everyone on Zoom. We had a lot of people attend the Zoom wedding and it was truly beautiful...my husband's grandfather, also a Rabbi, even got to officiate the wedding for us. But we still really just wanted to be able to celebrate with everyone in person so we booked a delayed reception/sequel wedding for this October. I didn't get to wear my wedding dress and veil or have the walk down the aisle with my parents, but I feel like it would be awkward to have a second ceremony, especially since the second ceremony doesn't fall on our anniversary (we couldn't book our anniversary date because of the pandemic so we chose the next best date - our engagement anniversary) and we already did many of the Jewish traditions at our Zoom wedding (I'm a bit superstitious about breaking the glass a second time).

I'm curious if anyone else did a "minimony" or got legally married and is now planning to have a reception/"sequel wedding" and, if so, are you doing a ceremony? Hiring an officiant? Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated!



Latest activity by Tee, on July 21, 2021 at 1:23 PM
  • Nicole
    Master September 2020
    Nicole ·
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    We’ve now decided to cancel the party, but when we were originally planning it, we weren’t going to have another ceremony. It felt redundant since we would have been married for over a year at that point. We were just going to have a cocktail hour and reception, which was really going to look like a big dinner party with dancing.
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  • Monica
    VIP October 2021
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    A lot of us are actually doing that. We eloped on our anniversary but still having our “wedding celebration” in October which is not near our anniversary date. Still having a ceremony & reception. You don’t have to hire an officiant because you are already married you can have a friend or family member “officiate” or lead the ceremony.
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  • Alyssa
    Savvy November 2021
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    We are doing that. We had a small ceremony last June with just immediate family. Our big wedding is this November and we are doing the ceremony again so the rest of our friends and family can be a part of it. I understand the hesitation, and certainly had moments where I wondered if it would be weird to have the ceremony again (particularly the ring exchange). But everyone knew our situation and the extenuating circumstances we had that caused the early ceremony, and have been super supportive. In the end, I think guests want to still witness it and be a part of the ceremony, even if it is a second one.
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  • Yasmine
    Rockstar October 2020
    Yasmine ·
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    Yes! My husband and I were married on our original anniversary date October 2020. We originally planned on redoing the whole thing over, but we just decided that we're going to do a first look (because I didn't wear my dress or veil) and walk into the reception together.

    We were going to do another ceremony but we changed our minds. We will still do a first dance etc, literally everything except another ceremony. We plan to have pictures done with our bridal party when we do our first look
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  • Katie
    Dedicated October 2021
    Katie ·
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    We got married last October in my grandparents backyard and we're having the big celebration this October. Ours doesn't fall on our anniversary either but I don't think that matters. We're still doing a ceremony with our wedding party and walking down the aisle with my dad etc. My uncle will officiate because we don't need someone ordained so it will be more personal (and funny probably lol) and we will write our own vows and read them like a vow renewal (we chose the standard vows the first time around). Our ceremony and reception are at the same location so it makes it easy. I probably would not redo the ceremony if that wasn't the case, like if we were to go to a church or something.

    If you did a very traditional ceremony the first time around, you could do something more informal or less traditional this time, i.e. we're picking non religious readings and stuff.

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  • Tee
    Dedicated October 2021
    Tee ·
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    This is our plan. We’re getting married with some immediate family (20 people) this august. We’re then holding a sequel wedding in feb 2023. Some people have asked questions etc, but all have been supportive and understanding during these times
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