How to tell family you eloped?

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

MrsSpagan:  You could always let them in on your plans to elope ahead of time so they don’t feel out of the loop. Whenever you decide to tell them, just say “We decided this is best for us and this is what we want”. That’s really what it’s all about, what is best for you guys.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church

I love the Dorie and Justin approach: http://vimeo.com/43355290 All of their family and friends were just so happy about them being married and they got to capture it on video.

What is it that your family members would miss: the together time, the dancing, the free drinks? Maybe if you identify that, then you can play to what it is you think they really want when you tell them…

For instance, we’re planning on telling my parents first, so they’ll feel special, then telling my siblings by e-mail (because they don’t care), and then my extended family at the family reunion, where we’ll provide a special home-brew for all (because we’ll already be together, and more drinks are better in that crowd!).

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

OH and I are thinking of this and others reactions do concern me. I have basically told my Mum that elopement is a big option that we are very likely to take and after the ‘shock’ she said that she wouldn’t feel angry or put out. Just a little sad that she didn’t see us but happy for us none the less. I am hoping this reaction is the same in OH family. I think we will tell OH mum before we do it.

Everyone else will know through a text or facebook. We (I) love the idea of a photograph of us holding a “Just eloped” sign to text everyone afterwards.

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