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Love can find us at any stage of life, and there’s no upper limit on the age that you can get married. However, if you’re getting married as an over 50, you will realise that not all of the items included in the average wedding are required.

In truth, you can lose many of those products to significantly reduce the £30,000 cost of the standard modern wedding. You’re a little older, and a lot wiser when it comes to prioritising the most important things in life. Focus on these five to create the magical day you deserve.

The Legalities

First and foremost, you need to know that you are legally clear to get married. As over 50s, there’s a good chance that one of you has been married before. If so, it’s imperative that you are legally divorced from your ex-spouse rather than just separated. Difficult ex-partners can cause a few problems as you look to get that paperwork. But it’s essential that you do before setting a date or booking any of the services you may need. Nobody wants to think about a marriage not lasting, and it may not be a romantic thing to do, but do take advice as to whether or not you should have a pre-nup, especially if one has more financial assets. This could also reassure adult children who may be worried about the commitment you are about to make.

The Ring

While there are many items on the big day that can be forgotten or watered down, the ring is not one. This is the one item that will stay on your possession for the rest of your life. Diamond wedding rings needn’t cost an arm and a leg. Even if you do have your eyes set on an expensive option, it’s fine to treat yourself. After all, this is the symbol of your commitment to each other. Age doesn’t change that.

The Outfits

You might not be as image-conscious as you were in your 20s, but nobody wants to look uncomfortable on their big day. There are some fabulous  wedding dresses for the slightly older but equally fabulous brides will make a big impact. As a mature bride you can think ‘non traditional’ and choose a style that truly reflects your personality., while your hair, makeup, and accessories are vital too. Think about have a professional make-up artist to do your make-up on the day – book a rehearsal ahead of time to agree the look you want to achieve.  When you walk down the aisle, you want all eyes to be on you. Get the outfit right, and they will be.  If you are thinking about having any aesthetic treatments before your big day – discuss timings with your practitioner. Some treatments aren’t immediately effective, and some have a chance of localised bruising – you don’t want anything to prevent you from being picture perfect!

The Meal

Weddings are amazing for many reasons. As a slightly older couple, you realise that the celebration between people is the greatest element of all. Sharing a wonderful meal is one of the best moments of the entire day, and not only because of the speeches. Be sure to cater to vegans and guests with allergies, and you won’t go far wrong. Seriously, the quality of the food can take the wedding from an 8 to a 10 out of 10 celebration.

The Photography

Even when opting for a cost-effective wedding, it will be the most magical day of your lives. Therefore, you’ll want to have the photos to remember it in style. Finding a wedding photographer for the big day is essential while you may wish to consider a videographer too. Combine this with disposable cameras for the guests to gain their insight into the evening entertainment. This way, you’ll have every angle covered for your picture perfect wedding.


Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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