Our editors independently research, test and recommend the best products. Learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made through our selected links.
COVID is derailing some weddings in 2020. For many engaged couples, months of planning felt like a waste of time, resulting in a roller coaster ride with changes, postponements or canceled plans. While some couples determined to get married realized their vision on a smaller scale, others pushed their “I-do’s” further into 2021 or beyond. Virtual weddings and micro-weddings took place regularly. Now the second wedding trend is emerging for those who, as originally intended, want to celebrate even more extensively with friends and family.
Usually, a second wedding sounds a little extra, but for couples whose plans accidentally got into a pandemic, this is far from being over the top. A second wedding couple has the opportunity to celebrate their love with those who are closest and dearest to them. Plus, it’s time to debut dreamy bridal gowns that may have felt over the top for virtual or small weddings. “Weddings for 2021 are still very uncertain, but one thing is certain: the bride still wants to wear her dream dress, regardless of the size of the event or the type of wedding she is having,” says Beth Drake, director of the bridal department manager at David’s Bridal.
Whether you are planning an “I do” large scale “I do” over, planning a formal reception for the anniversary of a minimum of 2020, or planning an IRL affair after a virtual first try, what to wear is undoubtedly the most important thing. Are you finally debuting that extraordinary dress that you bought months ago? Or are you looking for a new one if the original style no longer suits your mood? If you’ve just deviated with your look for a low-key ceremony, should you be basing yourself on an entirely new, perhaps more glamorous, aesthetic for the second round? Then there is the question of bridal event attire for postponed or second bridal showers, bachelorette parties and rehearsal dinners. These occasions all require an outfit, be it chic or subtly chic.
Retail experts from BHLDN, David’s Bridal and MATCHESFASHION forecast the most important trends for “I dos” in the second round to help the bride buy wedding clothes for the second time in 2021.
Meet the expert
- Beth Drake is the Bridal Merchandise Manager at David’s Bridal.
- Andrea Louie Brown is Head of Merchandise at BHLDN.
- Liane Wiggins is the head of purchasing for women’s clothing at MATCHESFASHION.