Tatler shares guide to second wedding amid COVID-19 pandemic

I do – part two! Society bible Tatler reveals why lockdown brides are planning blowout celebrations for 2021 to rewear ‘masterpiece’ dresses and take advantage of the ‘godsend’ of a second guest list

  • Betrothed couples may opt for a ‘minimony’ this summer due to the restrictions 
  • Tatler published guide to hosting a second  wedding amid COVID-19 pandemic  
  • Society bible’s advice includes matching colour schemes and rewearing dresses

Planning a wedding has never been an easy feat, but the experience has become even harder amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

With coronavirus restrictions, which limit the number of guests to just 30, as well as social distancing and a ban on singing, many couples are marrying this summer while planning a second larger celebration next year. 

Society brides including Princess Beatrice, Cressida Bonas and Eleonore von Habsburg are all believed to be planning a celebration in 2020 after holding low-key, private ceremonies this year. 

And now Tatler has released its ultimate guide for those who are currently planning a ‘minimony’ as well as  a second blow-out bash in 2021. 

According to the society bible, brides should rewear their wedding dress and consider maintaining a theme throughout both events.

So from what to wear to which guests should be invited, here FEMAIL reveals how to hold a glamorous blow-out wedding bash in 2021, Tatler-style…    

More is more! Society bible Tatler has revealed its guide to planning a second wedding amid the COVID-19 pandemic – from rewearing the dress to the ‘godsend’ of two guestlists 

Rewear The Dress

In recent years, many brides have followed in the footsteps of royals like Kate Middleton, 38, and Meghan Markle, 39, by wearing two wedding dresses for their big day.

But under the new circumstances, Tatler suggests that many bethrothed will ditch the recent trend and instead choose just one spectacular gown.

Wedding dress designer Phillipa Lepley found that most brides aren’t thinking of wearing different dresses for both events.

She said: ‘The majority of our brides having two weddings are planning to wear the same dress for both, quite simply because they absolutely love the dress.

‘Most like to keep their wedding dress on for as long as possible, so having the chance to wear it again for a second time is an unexpected silver lining that is being embraced!’

She said the trend was particularly noticeable for brides who had worn a ‘bespoke couture dress’, such as Princess Beatrice, who borrowed a dress from the Queen before it was customised espiecially for her big day.

Phillipa added that the dresses have been made with ‘so much love, time and attention’ and can become a ‘very special masterpiece’ for brides.  

Go all out for a blow-out bash 

The society bible suggests that additional planning time for couples, as well as a desire to party hard after the coronavirus pandemic, will lead to the biggest weddings ever 

With weddings restricted for much of the first half of the year, and the UK spending three months in total lockdown, Tatler suggests events over the next 12 months will be back with a bang.

Hamish Shephard from Bridebook, the UK’s number one wedding planning app, said 2021 will be ‘the biggest year of weddings in history.’

He predicted that due to the postponements of 2020 weddings and engagements during lockdown, there will be over 400,000 weddings taking place across the country.  

And he said the events will be more spectacular than ever, with brides having more time to plan during lockdown.

Meanwhile he also revealed that many may hold a greater desire to let their hair down with loved-ones they’ve been unable to see during lockdown. 

Hamish said guests could ‘expect anything and everything’ from spectacular chef tasting menus to experimental cocktail bars. 

Different guest lists  

Meanwhile Tatler also called it a ‘hidden benefit’ that couples could have two guestlists which could separate feuding families 

With just 30 guests currently permitted to wedding ceremonies across the UK, many brides and grooms may be finding it difficult to whittle down their guest list to little more than a handful of loved-ones.

But Tatler suggests the idea of a second soirée could, in fact, be a hidden benefit for couples.

The society bible says the process of organising different guest lists for the bashes could be a ‘godsend’ to those with ‘feuding family members.’

Maintain a theme…  

While the ceremony and party may end up being months apart, Tatler suggests some couples may want to create a sense of synergy between the two events.

Hamish revealed that wedding planners could consider maintaining a theme at celebrations, from keeping the same colour to using similar decorations or menus for both days. 

…Or do the polar opposite

According to Tatler, some may want to take advantage of having two celebrations by marking the day in completely different ways. 

Hamish said couples may want to think about if they want the experiences to be ‘polar-opposite’.   

He added: ‘There are couples that want a completely different take on each day; one relaxed and one black tie, or one out-there and one very traditional.’ 

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