With the right planning, mature brides can have elegant weddings, tooWedding plans aren’t just for the young. With an increase in couples waiting to get married, more unique family blends, and second chances at love happening all the time, the wedding industry is seeing a rise in weddings for brides in their forties, fifties, and beyond.

Because older couples tend to be in a better place financially—and have a stronger idea of what it is they want—their weddings tend to be some of the best, most creative ones out there. While experts suggest it might not be the time to bust out the puffy white gowns and tiara, you can still have an elegant wedding that captures all the joy and love you feel for your spouse-to-be.

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  • Avoid overly ornate, princess themes. Voluminous dresses, an excess of tulle and lace, tiaras, and baby pinks and blues tend to work better on a younger crowd. It’s usually best for older brides to stick to a more streamlined elegance—or to work in a few pieces without going overboard. You can also opt for a less glaring shade of white. Muted creams and off-white colors tend to work better on older brides.
  • Play up to your strengths. Brides in their forties, fifties, and beyond tend to know themselves much better than a bride just beginning her adult life. Maybe you’re an excellent designer and can do much decorating on your own. Perhaps you’re a skilled baker and can make your own cake. You might also be great at photography and want to set up your own wedding shots. Take advantage of your strengths to plan an unforgettable event.
  • Keep in mind which wedding this is for you and your spouse. If you’re getting married for the first time, there is no reason why you can’t go all-out. Have bridesmaids in colorful gowns. Plan for dancing and wedding games. Get a large cake and play up the traditions. However, if this is a second or third marriage, you may want to scale back on some of the ceremony to focus more on family and friends.
  • Include your children and stepchildren. Older couples tend to have more varied family dynamics than those getting married in their twenties. Feel free to include your kids and extended families in the reception and wedding ceremony, or give them tasks like selecting the music or food. Blending families means that your wedding goes beyond just you and your spouse-to-be.
  • Don’t forget romance. Just because you’re an older bride and groom doesn’t mean you can’t go in for a grand romance. Select a Utah wedding reception venue as elegant and classy as you are. Surprise each other by not seeing one another before the ceremony. Plan a huge honeymoon getaway. Your romance is worth nurturing.

Getting married as an older bride and groom might make you feel like you need to think small, plan simple, and avoid all the fanfare. However, that simply isn’t true. With more couples waiting to get married and finding love in their golden years, weddings these days have become both timeless and ageless—just like they should be.