A growing number of couples are saying “I do” twice: On two different days, with two separate marriage ceremonies, two receptions, two caterers, two tossed bouquets and so on. But’s not because they’re attention-obsessed, extreme Bride and Groom-zillas – it’s to please both of their families.

Experts explain that the trend is being driven by the rising number of couples from different backgrounds getting hitched. In fact, the number of marriages between people of different races or ethnicities has doubled in the last few years. And it’s virtually impossible to incorporate all those traditions into one wedding. So, two weddings make the bride, groom, and their families happy! For example, we read about one Minnesota couple that had an “American-style” church wedding. One week later was the second wedding, where they held a Hmong ceremony to represent the bride’s culture. And they wore traditional outfits and served Hmong dishes.

The downside of double weddings? They’re double the price! But couples say it’s worth it so they don’t have to deal with the stress of upsetting their families. And typically, each family will assume the costs of their own wedding. So, brides and grooms-to-be, if you want to hop on the dual wedding bandwagon, consider these tips from the wedding site TheKnot.com:

  • Don’t say you’re having “two” weddings. Call it a “split” wedding. That way it won’t seem like you’re trying to double the fun – and double the gifts. It’ll also help explain why certain people are only invited to one wedding.
  • Get ready to answer the question: Which one is the real wedding? For some people, that means the one where your union becomes legal – for others, it means a more religious ceremony. It’s okay to give different answers to different people.

And it's important to remember that whether you decide to have one wedding or two - it's your special day. So, do what works best for you.

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