Post # 1
Anyone have or planning to get married, maybe a destination wedding, with no guests? Just a simple little cermony.
We are about done with the insane wedding planning and want to sack it all and fly somewhere warm and marry on the beach just us! Do people really do this? I think it sounds so special and romantic! And relatively stress free!!
Any experience or advice or opinions are greatly appreciated! Thanks all!
Post # 3
I wanted to do this but we wanted a few people there with us. But I say if it’s what you want, go for it! I think it’s incredibly romantic and makes the day more about you and your commitment than others’ expectations.
Post # 4
I LOVE the idea of a destination wedding with no guests. I really wanted to do this, but my sister, mom and aunt helped me so much already in going dress shopping, etc. that I want them to be part of it. I would take them with me but two of them don’t have a lot of $$ to travel and my aunt doesn’t have a passport. But I still think it’s such a nice idea!
Post # 5
I wanted to do something like that… but got talked out of it by our families. I’m happy to report I’m now looking forward to my non-elopement, but for what it’s worth, I think it’s a great idea to just run off!
Post # 7
I am liking this idea more and more. My FH is pretty tight with his fam, so idk if we can do this..but, I really would prefer it rather than dealing with all this wedding planning crap!!!
Post # 8
A girl I went to college with got married in New Zealand — just her, him, a photographer and an officiant. The pictures were beautiful, but (I hope no one takes offense to this) I thought it just looked kind of lonely. I want to celebrate with family and friends!
And even if I wanted to, I know I could never get away with doing something like that… my mom would kill me if she weren’t invited to my wedding. She said if I try to elope, she’ll somehow find out and show up anyway! (And knowing my mom, I don’t doubt it.)
Wedding planning is stressful, but I don’t think ditching it all to escape somewhere would be worth hurting my mom’s feelings.
Post # 9
We did this and it was absolutely perfect. We did a “weddingmoon” halfway around the world. I am so glad we made this decision. Our wedding planning and wedding day was beautiful, relaxing and stress free.
Our parents knew we were getting married on the trip, but everyone else thought it was a vacation. We sent out an email with pictures the next morning announcing our wedding. My parents are throwing up a reception to celebrate with friends and family at home.
Post # 10
I can almost guarantee that if you throw out the plans you’ve already made to elope, there will be some people will be very angry with you. If you can deal with that, I can say that planning our elopement has been relatively stress free (except for mom being upset), and it is turning out to be exactly what we want
Here are the things I have had to worry about:
1. Getting a marriage license–easy, do it the day before.
2. Book the venue–easy, one phone call.
3. Book the photographer–easy, four emails and one phone call.
4. Buy a dress–moderate, took me a few trips to find the one I wanted.
And that’s it. We’re driving down, so I don’t have to worry about transportation. The venue is taking care of the officiant, flowers, cake and champagne toast. Because our venue is a B&B, I don’t have to worry about a hotel.
Quite honestly, I expect planning the reception/party will be more stressful than planning the wedding has been.
Post # 11
Like I said, this is sounding so good to me! I know there will be people that may be upset. Idk. But that is really how it is..if it were my kid..I would want whatever she would want. If she wanted to run off..heck, I wouldn’t blame her. As long as she would be happy. A “weddingmoon” sounds so good. Ahh..weddingmoon..I will dream of this for now:).
Post # 12
We like the idea, but it was more stress thinking about the fall out from our families who we are very close with then we have felt so far in planning.
Post # 13
Thanks for all the replies!
I think we have decided we are doing the “weddingmoon” = )
I’m so excited! Now just have to figure out where to do it!
And if there is any fall-out we are more than prepared to deal with it, or rather not give a hoot- it’s OUR wedding! = )
Post # 14
My fiance and I are doing this!
We’re flying to New York in two months to get married in Manhattan. It’s just us and my best friend and her boyfriend as our witnesses. I’m beyond excited!!! It’s going to be so much fun, and such little stress!
Hooray for the weddingmoon!
Post # 15
We did it! Just the 2 of us, on the beach in MX, and for us we wouldn’t do it any other way. It was absolutely, absolutely perfect!! Although I wouldn’t say the planning was stress-free (maybe its just my personality but it was stressful enough!), everything fell into place perfectly and our day was beyond magical 🙂 We had the best ‘weddingmoon’ i could ever imagine and I want to do it over and over again! Here’s a shortcut to my pics I just put on the recap board last night (hope it works). Good luck with whatever you decide 🙂
Post # 16
Wow, really awesome pics! Such beautiful scenery and I love your dress. We are having a weddingmoon in Las Vegas this year on 10-13 (same day as you!) with just us and no guests. Honestly, this fits us so perfectly as we both don’t like to be around tons of people and to us our wedding ceremony should be intimate and romantic.
We’ve had a few members of our family who weren’t too happy with the idea, but we’re having an at home reception when we get back that will include everyone which helps a lot.