Post # 1
We have finally set a date for our elopement! We’re going to a national park with just the two of us, our pup, and a photographer. We live in Colorado and aren’t required to have an officiant so we’ll be doing our own ceremony. What will/did your elopement ceremony look like? Vows, ring exchange, done? I’ve told my FI I need it to be more meaningful than signing a car rental agreement but we aren’t the type of couple to sit around and read poetry to one another. 🙂
Post # 2
What kind of ceremony are you looking for? I know you want one that you will be reading to each other but what are you wanting to say? I help couples write their ceremonies and then officiate for them. If you don’t want to put it on here send me a PM.
Post # 3
inthemountains: Congrats on your plan!
I am very familiar with the US national park system and dogs are only allowed pretty much where a car can go, FYI (parking lot, road, etc). They are not allowed on trails. So just research your spot very well first.
First of all we walked into our ceremony space together. We had no music. It was outdoors.
We had a ceremony script read by a marriage officiant. It was not religious, it was not sappy, she read a few paragraphs (that I modified) like an intro and middle paragraphs, and then we did the repeat after me part which legally had to be spoken in the country we married in so I guess those are the vows. Then we did the ring exchange (both rings were given to the officiant, she handed a ring to one of us, said some more repeated words, vice versa), then kind of a closure paragraph which was an Irish blessing I wanted to be read aloud.
You can google for a lot of ceremony scripts out there. If you guys just want to jump into the vows part, you can each write up something like how much the other person means to you, what your commitment to them is, etc.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
Were in the process of putting together our elopement ceremony now so I’ll tell you what we have so far. No music for us, we’re getting married on the beach with the Atlantic Ocean as our sound track. We will exchange vows and prefer to do traditional vows but not religious rather than write our own. In addition we want a rose ceremony where we exchange roses. This part of the ceremony means a lot to us because the very first time FI met me ( through friends) he presented me with a single pink rose. He had no idea it was my fav color or flower, just felt it would be nice. And that same best friend who witnessed the initial rose exchange and will be right there at our ceremony. Afterwards, we will all walk through the ocean then have dinner together.
Post # 5
Thanks for the insight ladies! I think we’ll just do short vows, then a ring exchange, and done. <br /><br />Sienna – Thanks for the tip! Our photographer has done a number of weddings in this park so she’s got good thoughts on where to do pictures with our dog. I think we’re good there. But thanks! That could have been a real mess!<br /><br />MissRed – We’ve got some language we’ve put together from other ceremonies. We aren’t going to start from scratch. We aren’t very creative. 🙂
Post # 6
If you need help let me know. I do have a word doc I could send you if you want it. You just pick and choose what you want to use then I combine it into a ceremony for you to read. It is free if you want it.
Post # 7
Ours was almost exactly like sienna76. We did have an officiant to read the standard “do you take this man…” and repeat after me stuff. Then we simply said a few words to each other about how much we meant to each other – nothing super poetic or long but we wanted the day to be all about us. That was it, about 10 min MAX
Post # 8
Thanks for the feedback ladies!
Post # 9
Congrats on deciding on a personal and intimate blessing it sounds lovely.