Mr TTR & Eloped to a Destination Wedding (just the two of us saying our Vows on The Beach) then followed it up with a Caribbean Cruise Honeymoon
A couple of weeks after getting home, we threw a Back Home Reception for friends & family.
As Encores (and over 50 & 60) this all worked out for us perfectly.
We thought about other ideas when we got engaged…
But we knew we didn’t want a HUGE Wedding (both having had those before). We contemplated a back-yard intimate affair… or a surprise party at a Hotel Ballroom (getting folks there under false pretences… and then getting married)
In the end, I couldn’t be happier for what we did choose to do.
For us as Encores, we decided to focus on our Marriage… so having a JUST US Wedding made taking our Vows even that more special / meaningful
Looking back, for us, we did the right thing. I wouldn’t have wished it any other way
(lol, altho if money had been no object… won the lottery… I might have thrown an even bigger kick-ass after party than we did. Would have been nice to be able to have a mega wedding like reception vs just a small cocktail party)
Hope this helps,
PS… Our choice wasn’t cheap by any means… altho we chose to go very low key. Just the Wedding Ceremony expenses for our Beach Elopement came in around $ 1500 (License – Officiant – Location – Photographer for 30 Minutes – Bouquet & Bout – Dress – Accessories – Jewellery – Hair & Makeup – Mr TTRs outfit – and a Bottle of Champagne).
This total didn’t include any of our Rings… or the Wedding Gifts that we bought for each other (watches).
And on top of the Ceremony, of course as it was a Destination, we also had our Honeymoon Suite ($ 500 a night), a couple of nights worth of Drinks & Meals (including a special restaurant for our Wedding Night) and some misc stuff like taxi cabs.
So Eloping isn’t necessary cheap… more so if you also add on a Honeymoon of any substance.
BUT I can tell you it was sooo worth it. We both L♥VED every second of it !!