Real-Life Wedding Dresses For Older Brides, Second Weddings

For some of my readers, love is lovelier the second time around, and so is their choice of wedding dress! If you are about to become a second-time bride (or first-time mature bride), or you just enjoy looking at romantic wedding photos (LOL!), then have a peek at these pictures my readers sent in.

Here are real-life wedding dresses for second-time brides over 40. Get your Kleenex out!


Amore in Italy

Petra Zeigler, 55 from Germany, got married in a symbolic ceremony in Puglia, Italy on May 25, 2021.  The wedding was originally planned for 2020 but the pandemic made the happy couple wait one year. Petra says it was a  fairytale event with family They had a sand unity ceremony and personal vows.

Petra chose a romantic airy blush-colored dress with a train. She added sky blue accessories and colors of the beach and sea.  Petra feels every bride regardless of age should wear what she feels she likes. She says you are never too old for love. In fact, she feels love is the best defense against aging!  You’ve got that one right Petra!


When Two Weddings and Two Weddings Dress are Better than One

Imagine having two dresses?  Debera Weidemann not only had two wedding dresses but she also had two weddings. The first was on the beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the second in Winnipeg, Canada a few months later.  As this was her second marriage, she didn’t want a traditional dress but still wanted to look like a bride. When she slipped on this elegant wedding gown, she instantly knew it was the one. She loved the simple design and clean lines mixed with a bit of bling.

While in Jamacia she also needed a second wedding dress that she could wear while standing in the ocean while she had her wedding photos taken. She also wore it to the evening dinner party afterward. All I have to say is Debera, that’s some wet suit!



Wedding dresses for older brides second weddings

Youthful, Sexy Bridal Gown

Alison and Chris live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and married outside on a beautiful fall afternoon. This was the second marriage for both, and they dated for six years. They wed in a civil ceremony at the county courthouse with a friend performing the service.

Alison bought her beautiful gown at a local bridal shop in her town. She admits she was self-conscious about wearing a full length, ivory dress at her age, but after researching online and Pinterest, she decided it was her day, and she was going to wear it.

As Alison says, “My youngest daughter was married two years before, and I wore a traditional full length, gold sequined, mother of the bride gown.  It was gorgeous. However, this was my wedding, and I didn’t want to feel like a mother of the bride again. My husband is seven years younger than me, and I really wanted to feel young, happy, and bridal.

I encourage anyone planning a wedding to dismiss any concern for rules that you can’t wear a wedding dress anymore. Mine was a halter front with light beading on the bodice and had a short train that a friend arranged gracefully for me. I felt sexier and more carefree that day than when I married 27 years ago!!”

The very next day, Alison turned 50!  What a pretty bride you were, Alison!


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Vintage Inspired Wedding Dress

When Anne was married for the second time, she had a 1930’s theme wedding. It was followed by an inexpensive afternoon reception in a church hall with tea-type food, champagne, and a band playing 30s and 40s music.

Anne wore this romantic dress, which she discovered while shopping at a “discount & used” bridal and formalwear shop. Funny enough, though it looks vintage, it was a brand new Maggie London dress and only cost her only $125.  She bought her delicate Adrienne Landau shawl on eBay.

Due to the flowy, body-skimming cut of this dress, Anne had to buy shapewear to make the dress look flawless and flawless, it was! Her unique vintage-inspired wedding dress made her wedding day all that more special and memorable!

Talk about timeless beauty, Anne. I guess you could say your wedding was a blast from the past!


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Magical Christmas Wedding Gown

Sally and Scott enjoyed a Christmas wedding at the beautiful Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois, this past December. Sally found it challenging to find a dress for her age, 51- years- old, that didn’t look too young or too matronly. She also wanted something elegant for the magnificent venue that she and Scott chose.

Sally’s sister found this dress for her, and she loved it. This gorgeous off-the-shoulder dress is subtly sexy and nicely balanced with the long sleeves.



Wedding dresses for older brides second weddings

This was the second marriage for the happy couple. Sally was married for almost 20 years, but her first husband passed away in a car accident. Her two daughters in their 20s and Scott’s three sons, just a bit older, were part of the wedding party. Sally says, “I feel truly blessed to have found love again! Scott is a wonderful man!”

Aww. Makes your heart melt!



Second wedding dresses for older bride

Retro Style Glam For Second Marriage

It was also a second marriage for both Sherri and Steve, who have five boys between them. They were friends for 15 years when they finally tied the knot in May of 2017 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Sherri searched for a traditional wedding gown for quite a while. But when she didn’t find one that was truly her, she changed directions and began searching for vintage and retro dresses, since she is a huge fan of this style.

As she was browsing a favorite retro clothing site, Pin-Up Girl, she spotted this beautiful ruched dress for only $149. Sherri ordered, thinking if nothing else, she could still wear it to another function, and when it finally arrived, she immediately knew that it was THE dress.

For a pop of color, Sherri paired her dress with these sexy, red suede Enzo Angiolini pumps, vintage 1930’s style drop earrings, and a matching bracelet. The beaded bag was her “something old,” formerly belonging to her grandmama.


wedding red shoes

And take a look at the bottom of her shoes! Beautiful and sweet touches for a perfect day. Sherri says she “felt like a million bucks.” 

Sherri, you looked it too!



2nd wedding dresses for older bride

A Long Search for the Perfect Wedding Dress

For Cintia, finding “an appropriate wedding dress” was a journey. Friends told her, “wear what you want, it’s your day,” but as Cintia says, “the truth we all know that not everything is going to look good on a 57-year old and because it was my day, I wanted to look good!”

Cintia visited big bridal stores, famous bridal stores, and even ordered a gown online that turned out to be a complete disaster! After an exhaustive search, she decided to look for a designer/dressmaker to custom make a dress but couldn’t find anyone as custom-made dresses are so rare nowadays.

She took a chance and went to a small local specialty boutique with some pictures of what she believed would look good on her. This sparked an idea with the shop owner who gave Cintia this dress to try on. Immediately Cintia knew it was perfect!

Here she is on her wedding day looking stunning on the arm of her son, who escorted to the Chuppah for her Jewish wedding ceremony.

Cintia, you look beautiful, and you are beaming!

Are you over 40 and recently married? What did you wear? I’d love to see more wedding dresses for second marriages over 40, and I’m sure my readers would too.  Please send a good quality photo of yourself in your wedding dress, and you may be featured. Email: info@fabulousafter40.com.

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Do you have a wedding coming up? What are you planning to wear? If you need a little help deciding on which mother of the bride dresses (or mother of the groom dresses) might be best for you, be sure to check out my bestselling book Tweak Your Chic – Mother of the Bride. It will tell you everything you need to know about one of the most important and cherished days of your life.

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