Post # 1
We are eloping on Nov 3rd at a park close to our house. It will just be the two of us… no witnsses or family or friends… literally just US (for some reason that was a hard concept for our officient to understand?)
I have always loved flowers and have thought about doing a simple DIY hand tied (small) bouquet and a single flower for FI’s button hole on his suit. But the logical side of my brain says they will be in the way. What do I do with them when we exchange vows? We;ll be pulling up to the park in the same car… so we’re not walking down any aisle……
What have you other elopers done? Especially those that were “just the two of you”???
Post # 3
We had no music, but we did enter the ceremony space together. I was like, “Ok we’re coming in now!”
I’m assuming your state does not require two witnesses then? I handed my bouquet to my witness (the province required 5 people to perform a wedding – officiant, B&G, two witnesse), but you could put them down by your feet. I held it for about half the ceremony.
I did think it was funny to just hold these flowers, like they didn’t serve any purpose, but I really loved them for the photographs afterwards.
Plus my bouquet dried very nicely and it now in a vase in my living room! Just another momento from that day!
Post # 4
We eloped as well with no friends, family or witnesses (witnesses are not required in Texas). I did have a bouquet that I made the night before out of flowers from the grocery store floral section. ha! Husband did not have a bout. During the ceremony, I just put the bouquet down on one of the benches right next to us.
I don’t have the individual picture of my bouquet on this computer, but if you go to this link, you can see it if you scroll down to the 4th picture.
If you want a bouquet, do it! I don’t think they will be in the way at all.
Post # 5
Thanks!! I would totally be doing the grocery store flowers if I did this at all. Just wrapped up in some ribbon.
I guess we’ll have to see how busy I get with work leading up to the day. I might end up saying nevermind at the end.
@gferg – love your pictures!!!!
p.s. witnesses are not required in PA either, it will just be us 2, officiant and photographer
Post # 6
@elspeth: It took me maybe 20 minutes to put mine together. I had brought the burlap and ribbon with me, along with the antique brooch I already owned. I REALLY wanted sunflowers, but couldn’t find them that night! So I settled for what the store had. You can totally do this!
Post # 7
I totally didn’t think of the fact that it could be a vehicle for carrying my grandma’s brooch. I was going to wear it, but it won’t match my dress.
Thanks for the reminder! 🙂
Post # 8
Here is my bouquet. It was also just the two of us and our photographer.
Post # 9
I was trying to get peonies for my bouquet (Indiana state flower, my home state) as a way to work in personal touches/meanings, but they were all out of season.
Post # 10
I made a brooch bouquet, and a wine-themed bout for DH. We walked to our ceremony site together, so I got to carry it for about 3 blocks. The officiant took it and placed it at my feet (we got married on stairs, it was one stup above where I was standing) so you can still see it in the pictures.. it looked cute I thought. Later on my photog had fun propping it up in various places (on a ledge, in a wrought iron railing) and shooting with it blurred out in the foreground.
Post # 11
We’re eloping and it will be just the 2 of us, the officiant, and the photographer. We doing flowers because I want them for the pictures. I also ordered charms from etsy with pictures of our parents. Three of the four have passed away so it will feel like they’re there with us. 🙂
Post # 12
@OctBride-2012: That is a nice idea for your parents who passed on.
Post # 13
We are eloping, just the two of us, in 12 days and will have flowers. I say go for it. Good luck and Congratulations!
Post # 14
I’m going to buy a silk bouquet off ebay (I’m not very crafty). It will just be the two of us, and I will prrobably just set it down with my purse during the ceremony. But I really want to have flowers for the pictures.
Post # 15
Flowers complete you, we toyed and I sweated many moments over the flowers. It is a nice touch to have them!
Post # 16
@elspeth: We’re eloping in PA next year! Can you tell me where you found the information that PA doesn’t require witnesses? Is it on your marriage license? The posts I’ve read on here previously said that witnesses were required, but maybe that law changed. I know that two witnesses are required for self-uniting ceremonies (PA is one of the few states that will let you marry without an officiant), but now I’m curious if I still need witnesses if I decide to go with an officiant. Thanks!