Shhhh! It's a secret so don't tell our friends!
This is more fun, planning a vacation and 7 days of memories rather than 3 hours of
frustration getting on afternoon coordinated!
We set a date of March 23 but now we're going to ssurprise them ALL and
leave OKC and take a cruise out of Galveston TX on March 3 !
so HELP girls ! Anyone live there or closeby??
I really want to get a pic of us before we board , wiThea ship in the background and us holding a sign saying " We've Eloped! 3-3-2013 "
Any good suggestions on how we should do this ? Just ask a stranger to snap a couple of pics??
we are not sure if we 'll get married on the ship or that night or at a port during the week.
You can ask the ship's photographer to take your pic.
Most cruise lines have a photographer taking pics of everyone as they board. They may charge you though.
If you ask a fellow passenger, make sure they take several pics so you get at least one good one.
I think there would be no issue asking someone at the dock to take a picture. It's a tourist area but Galveston isn't a crazy shady tourist area frought with pick pockets so I wouldn't be too worried. It may be goofy but my rule of thumb about what stranger I will hand my camera to is generally someone there with a family, a group of women or someone with a nicer camera than me because they are hopefully less likely to bolt with my camera and all the pictures I have already taken.
I live about an hour away from Galveston! There will be plenty of people around... Just ask & someone will help you. I do suggest you stay in a hotel on the island the night before you leave. It will just be easier. Plenty of parking & the area the ships leave is cute... It's called The Strand.
Yay for you!
Thank you Thank you Everybody! Yes we're planning to drive down on Sat. A hotel just south of Houston had better reviews and half the price is where we'll stay. Then board the ship at noonish for a 4:30 sail!
We've found out it's so tricky and expensive to actually get married on the ship or at port.
I would love to just get the license and find someone to marry us that Sunday morning 3-3-13
but looks like Texas you have to wait three days after getting the license???
and finding a preacher/minister to do a simple ceremony somewhere in Galveston on a church morning??
I wonder if we can get the license in north Texas then get married at Galveston?
we thought we could get married here in OKC on Friday night, but we would have to swear a couple of people to secrecy. I am saying and believe if we're eloping, then do it all away from home and tell NO one. We would call or Facetime our BM, MOH and kids right from the ship.
Then change our Facebook status, upload the pic and post something Midweek.
@Oklahomajewel: The waiting period is correct, but you can get the license anywhere in Texas (so you could get it in north Texas and still marry in Galveston).
@peaches13: thanks. I just googled that and figured it out ( it was too early when I posted that!) we could take a day and run down to Denison do some antique shopping get the license some good food then back home. No one would even know we left town! Ha ha
Now to figure out who and how to do the simple ceremony in Galveston !
And that 1940's photo of the sailor kissing the girl at Times Square comes to mind ... We need to do that kidding dip with the ship in background!
You can always look on Craigslist for a photographer. :)
@missmorganista: Thanks for reminding me of that! I emailed three from Craigslist ( Houston/Galveston area) and all think it's exciting and two of them I have to pick from ... will come do about an hour or up to two hours for about $75 and get a disc of the photos.
WAY better than $500 or more for a "wedding package" !
I've gotten some ideas of what kind of pics I/we want.
I've looked online at Chaplain for Today and will look at other places, might have trouble finding a minister for a SUNDAY morning!
Other pics will be on the ship and we can get a cabin steward or someone to snap our pictures.
This is really fun and going to be great!!!
Julie (and Kenny)
I'm eloping on a cruise too!! May 1 this year! Sooo looking forward to it!
We are technically getting married while in port on the third day, since, as you said, it can be really expensive to do it on the ship, and most don't let you do it on a sea day. But we hired a planner at the destination, and she is taking care of the paperwork, photographer, officiant, and witnesses. Pretty much stress-free!
@Oklahomajewel: Are you doing the caribbean cruise?! I took that one last may, SO much fun and you're dead on about the week long vacation.
Call the cruise line and tell them what you guys are planning, they are always so accomodating for events such as weddings/elopements!
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