Getting Married After 50? What’s Different, What’s the Same & What Truly Matters

Did you know that more than 20% of people getting married last year were over 50 years old? Wedding planning is no longer the sole territory of the 30 and under set. More mature couples have discovered it’s never too late to tie the knot, whether it’s for the first time ever or as another try at the classic romantic institution. Additionally, now that marriage equity is the law of the land, many couples who’d never been able to have their partnership recognized legally are now finally able to do so.

What’s Different About Getting Married After 50

The really neat thing about planning a wedding when you’re older is that you have experience, judgement and wisdom on your side. You know what you like, what you don’t, and are far less vulnerable to peer pressure and pushy wedding planners. There’s a level of confidence that come with maturity – which is why some of the most creative, uniquely meaningful wedding ceremonies are those planned by over 50 couples.

Another cool aspect of getting married after fifty is you tend to have a little bit more money to play with. It’s easier to have the wedding you really want. Does that mean a Celine Dion style gala complete with elephants and a cake the size of a small Caribbean island? Probably not – but mature brides do tend to be willing to pay for the venue, dress, bridal jewelry and the wedding experience they really, really want.

What’s The Same About Getting Married After 50

Pledging your life to another person is a very profound experience. The emotional roller coaster that comes with getting married isn’t unique to young brides: we all go through the ups and downs, from being stressed out over ceremony planning to over the moon bliss that you’ve found the one person you’re meant to be with.

Professional wedding planners are in almost universal agreement that the over-50 bride has a tough time remembering she’s supposed to be the star of the show, rather than the event host responsible for everyone’s comfort. Remember that spotlight is shining for you: this is your special day.

What Truly Matters

Many mature couples report heading to the altar feeling like “This is it, for real, at last.” With that in mind, you want to make sure that your wedding day is full of the people who are truly meaningful to you. If you’re going for a traditional ceremony, this can mean choosing your best friends and closest relatives to serve as part of the wedding party. Going more casual? Your special people can perform readings, give blessings, or even in some cases officiate the ceremony.

Celebrate your love in a way that truly reflects who the two of you are as a couple. Great photos and videos are awesome to relieve the moment afterward, so make sure to choose a reliable pro to provide these for you. Most of all, remember to have fun and enjoy your day!