Post # 1
I am in a dire need for help! My fiance proposed to me in June of this year. Originally we were planning on having our wedding in May 2014 (due to the fact that he is still in school finishing up his Bachelors Degree. He will graduate in the beginning of may). His school is two hours away from where I currently live with my parents, and to be frank, we can’t stand living apart and want to plan some sort of “elopement” in december with just our family as opposed to a smaller wedding we originally planned. The date would have to be after the 20th because my brother is in the military and he gets a Christmas exodus and I would want him to be there.
Does anyone have ideas on how to plan this? Some more background information: I live in Cocoa Beach, FL, we don’t care where the location of the ceremony/reception would be. Could be in Orlando, or St. Augstine, or where ever! Just no more than a few hours away. We want to have a ceremony and a dinner at a nice restaraunt with our family to celebrate our marriage to take the place of a reception. I know this isn’t the exact definition of eloping, but no one is going to know besides our immediate family. Our budget is $5,000. We’re only trying to spend money on the dress, dinner, and the little we would need for the ceremony and save the rest for the honeymoon and rent. Our officiant will be our dear friend who is also a pastor so there wouldn’t be any costs or problems there. We don’t mind getting married in a small chapel, the beach, or even a random outdoor location. I just need ideas, suggestions, or stories of similar experience. I have tried doing research but just get overwhelmed. I also don’t know if there will be problems because of the date being so close to christmas.
Any help is appreciated…Thank you!
Post # 3
Hey hon! I know exactly what kind of spot you’re in. I found out last Thanksgiving my husband would be home in about a month from deployment (as opposed to 3-4 months later), so we decided to do a quick wedding with just family. I think your first decision has to be what city you’re choosing. We were limited to his duty station in Norfolk, VA, so I started researching venues and decided on the first Saturday after he’d be home. I ended up approaching our favorite brunch restaurant, and asked if we could have the ceremony about an hour before the restaurant opened and then have a brief cocktail hour until they opened. Once they opened we moved to a private a room and had dinner off the menu. It was super easy, and I’m glad the restaurant was so accomodating. For flowers I just bought a few hydrangea and two dozen roses and bundled them myself. It wasn’t the prettiest thing on earth on the bottom, but my photographer just got lots of close up shots from the top. 🙂
Hope this was helpful!
Post # 4
@BreezySeaShore: Since you don’t have much preferences, one idea is to find restaurant or hotel/restaurant that had a nice yard or courtyard or beach front property. I’d have the ceremony in that outdoor space, then it will be very nice to segue right into your (possibly private) dining room at a restaurant. If a hotel had this combination (outdoor pretty space and restaurant), you might be able to use a space for getting ready.
I think it would be nice not to have to drive somewhere after the ceremony, mingle a bit and then walk right to dinner and champagne!
I know nothing of Cocoa Beach but I found this Fat Snook on Trip advisor. Good for special occasions!
(the first photo looks like one awesomely decorated table for a special dinner)
Post # 5
We’re eloping from Tallahassee to St. Augustine next month! It’ll be just us and our parents. We’re actually renting a beach house with two bedrooms, getting dressed there, and walking out onto the beach and having our ceremony. Then we’ll walk around St. Augustine with our photographer and take pictures. For food, we’re planning on just getting it catered and having a small “reception” at the cottage. There is a nice seafood restaurant nearby, but we wanted to keep it super comfy and informal. All of our parents will be staying in town the night before, and leaving the night after the wedding.
I will say, eloping to St. Augustine is the best thing ever. It’s been such an easy process. If you need any resources or recommendations, let me know! I’d easily recommend anyone we’re working with. They’ve all been amazing. And we’ve planned it all for well under $5000.
Post # 6
Thanks for the suggestions!
Post # 7
I’m not familiar with your area but if you’re as carefree as you sound, this should be simple. From reading your post, I can tell that you just want to get married to BE WITH YOUR HUSBAND. So you achieved the toughest realization about a wedding, which cannot be said for most brides! I suggest finding a nice secluded park, chapel, villa, hotel, etc and ask for price quotes for the little time that you’ll need to have a ceremony. This is what will take most of your budget. I think a short notice would work well but some venues because they would get cancellations. I still vote an outside wedding. Use nature as your decor! Especially since you’re having a nice dinner at a restaurant anyway.
I am in your same boat as far as having a small wedding. We’re eloping during our honeymoon. I do not care much about the wedding outside of it just being me and him (and random italian witnesses) and put the bulk of our expense to staying in italy for two weeks.