Alaskan elopement?

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
  • poll: Elope in Alaska: yay or nay?
    Yes! Save yourself the stress and have fun! But have a reception when you're back! : (27 votes)
    82 %
    No, too much work, just stay home and have a small ceremony and reception. : (3 votes)
    9 %
    Other: Comment please! : (3 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @crisy003:  It sounds gorgeous! I think you should go for it (and skip the “reception” back home)

    Post # 4
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    564 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I agree with the PP. Do it. It’s soundlng like more of a Destination Wedding thing (especially if you’re inviting the family)

    But skip the idea of a “reception”, you don’t have to have one, you are not obligated.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @crisy003:  Hey lady, I’m with you! My FI and I are taking off to the Rockies next year, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. We have decided not to do a reception at home – I feel like if I’m planning something like that, why not just get married that day and call it a wedding, you know? We will send out some sort of cute announcement after we get married, and our immediate family will know ahead of time, and that’s that.

    Seriously, huge weight off my shoulders when we decided to go that route. Oh, and I’m still doing the pretty dress and awesome photographer so that we have some great pictures to show everyone later!

    Post # 8
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    489 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @crisy003:  I like the idea about the announcements!  I would skip the registry, if people want to send a card or a gift they will, don’t prompt them (it’s gift-grabby) :-)!  Also it’s not really “expected” to give the bride and groom a gift if they eloped, so if you get a lot of congratulations but no gifts don’t be upset (although people might still send cards or gifts like I said).  

    Post # 10
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    6073 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @crisy003:  We did something like this!  Well it was not Alaska or a cruise, but it was Canada with spectacular mountains and we had never been there!  I loved it all – the vacation, the 15 days of planning, marrying in a beautiful locations!

    H and I love the outdoors, and we could not imagine getting married without mountains in view (I was married before inside in an office, so I really knew what I wanted too). 

    Having done this (we used a lodge who got the flowers, cake, dinner for us), i can say it was WAY LESS work than a regular wedding/reception.  I know because I was planning one for 8 months in Grand Teton National Park!

    I got the dress, the photographer, the vacation.  Loved it.

    I have friends who eloped to Alaska.  He was a splitboader and she was a telemark skier (these are all forms of backcountry skiing).  She put her dress in her backpack, he wore his tux jacket and shirt under his ski jacket.  They went off into the backcountry with their friend as an officiant and got married in a pure white, treeless, blue sky background.  They remained on their skis/boards (or you’d sink up to your hip in snow), and they just changed their upper torso attire, so she was in her strapless dress and he was in his tux jacket (both with their ski pants as the bottoms) for the ceremony.  I saw the photos, it looked amazing.  Then they spent a few days in a rustic little A-fram cabin.

    Post # 11
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    4163 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    Great idea. I LOVE Alaska, I’ve been twice. You could get married in Seward, then start your cruise from there.

    I know you said you like snow- I would still make this a summer thing- July or August. There’s SO much to do in Alaska, you’ll want to take advantage of the extra hours of sunlight their summers offer. You can still see snow/do some glacier hikes that time of year. And you’d probably have a lot more people join you than expected (if a friend had a DW in Alaska, I’d definitely make it a priority.) If you could give extra time, I preferred travelling through Alaska via land vs. cruise- if you can rent a car for a week and see Denali, especially, and get to Homer for fishing, I think you’d love it.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @rebwana:  Totally agree! We went to Alaska this summer, and it was still pretttty chilly in July, but it was great to have the extra hours of daylight. We also decided to go the land route, and are SO happy we did!

    OP – Strongly recommend going heading up to Denali National Park to see Mount McKinley – it’s the tallest mountain in North America! They have bus tours during the short summer season and you get to see all kinds of wildlife. Also recommend taking a glacier cruise or tour – we did Kenai National Fjords and it was amazing. Truly once in a lifetime! Good luck!

    Post # 15
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I reckon Alaska would be wonderful (it’s on my list of places I just have to visit!) and the great benefit of eloping and going without an expensive reception is that you can save your money for the things that matter most. Like awesome photography, a beautiful dress and rather more luxurious accommodation, say. 

    Go for it!

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