One Couple, Two Weddings: Multiple Celebrations Accommodate Everyone
Call it split, non-traditional or destination— one wedding can be celebrated numerous times. And why not? PLUS: Wedding photos from Sarah and Javier Acuna’s celebrations.
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One ring plus one fiancé equals two—two weddings, that is. Before you run off to Vegas at such a thought, stop to think how marrying your beau twice, rather than just once, may be the answer to your prayers. Doing so can actually create less stress and more joy for you, your fiancé, your families and your guests. And it will give that Elvis impersonator the day off.
Visions of your wedding popped into your head the day you got engaged. They also popped into your father’s, mother’s, sister’s, your soon-to-be mother-in-law’s, your aunt’s, and your aunt’s stepson’s brother’s girlfriend’s. Your mailman may even have ideas for your wedding. It’s up to you and your fiancé to make your ideas work for you, of course, but also to make it work for the people you care about.
The desire to accommodate others led Erin Lazos and her husband, Panagioti (Pete), to get married twice six years ago. “We felt that our wedding wasn’t all about us,” Erin Lazos says.
It was about the people they loved and the people who loved them in return. With most of Pete’s family in Greece and his parents’ desire to throw a big, fat, Greek wedding, the couple decided to tie the knot abroad in a small Greek village. What most of the 500 guests at that wedding didn’t know was that Erin and Pete were already married. They’d said their “I do’s” just a week before at Erin’s church in Parkesburg, Pa.
With two weddings, the couple was able to have all the people close to them participate in the biggest event of their lives. It was irrelevant to Erin and Pete that the event was split into two. In the U.S., they had all the people with them who couldn’t afford the time or expense to travel to Greece, including Erin’s sister.
“We were also able to get married in my church, which was important to me because I celebrated many milestones there in my life,” Erin Lazos says. “Without a church ceremony, I don’t know if I would have felt married.”