Elopement (just the two of you or guests)

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ontbride:  By law, we had to have two witnesses for our marriage to be officially legal. This is different in every state, but I do believe that most places do require witnesses in addition to the officiant/minister/priest etc.


In attendance of the ceremony was our photographer (obviously) our officiant, our baker, and our officiant’s boyfriend. Here’s our “guests” waiting for us as we walked down the stair way to the beach (minus our photographer who was taking the photo)







Post # 4
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@ontbride:  Technically it is not an elopement if you bring guests. It would make it a DW.

Post # 5
21 posts

We’re eloping in November. Originally it was just going to be the two of us, but after talking about it, we decided to invite our parents. So techinically, we’ll have 6 guests. (FI’s dad and stepmom, FI’s mom and her boyfriend, and my mom and stepdad. My dad passed away a few years ago.)


I personally think it’s still eloping even if you have guests. Eloping is all about running off and getting married. And that’s what we’re doing. We’re just having our parents meet us there.


Post # 7
1175 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@ontbride:  I think that if you elope it would be fairly easy to find 2 witnesses.  If it were me I would find someplace that offers elopement packages, this way the witnesses are provided.  I would not invite anyone, that way you don’t have to listen to well you invited them but not me and so on.  There was another bee who posted the pics of her elopement and the best pics were of the groom helping the bride get ready.  Really romantic!!

Post # 8
1425 posts
Bumble bee

@thumpurr:  the best pics were of the groom helping the bride get ready

I’m so excited to do this! We’re eloping just the two of us (no guests), so rather than have a bridal party help me get ready, I’ll have my future husband! 🙂

Post # 9
29 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am eloping as well I have 2 guests my sister and besy friends who will be my bridesmaid our venue allows upto 4  guests, we consider it an elopement still its the best decision I ever made we have been able to afford a venue we wouldnt have it we were having a traditional wedding and all the money we saved has gone to photography make up and a second ceremony on the beach/ honeymoon in hawaii.



Post # 10
1242 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

@ontbride:  Most places you need two witnesses, plus some type of officant. I’d like to have JUST that. We’ll see what happens though.

Post # 11
43 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are eloping, just the two of us. Well not really just the two of us, there will be an officiant, a photographer and the required witnesses. We were planning a small wedding but only parents and siblings (and sibling equivalents) and we had a guest list of 20 people (we have big families and unmarried/divorced parents). We also have a lot of family drama (mainly from the unmarried and divorced parents), and our families live on opposite sides of the country, so after really thinking about what we wanted elopement just seemed to fit the best.    

Post # 14
596 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It’s just going to be the two of us, no guest. We have a lot of family drama and decided it would be easier and less hurtful to not invite anyone. We actually were in the middle of planning our wedding and inviting people, meeting with our wedding planner, food was set… But I ended up canceling it all! And we have been so much happier and less stress since our decision to elope 🙂

Post # 15
1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We eloped just the two of us.  No need for witnesses in the state of VA.

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