Just the two of us- going away to an island instead of having a wedding.

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
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Bumble Beekeeper

LongIslandRN:  Just wondering why you are thinking of eloping if you’ve always wanted a wedding. Why not have a small wedding and a honeymoon?

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I agree with the PP. You can still have the wedding you want even with a guest list that small.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

I actually know someone that did exactly that! The couple went away to a resort in Jamaica and they had a private ceremony just the 2 of them next to the ocean. They dressed up for it in full wedding attire ( white dress, suit) and had a photographer take pictures. When they returned home, they posted the pictures up for everyone to enjoy. The pictures were amazing and it was a full on wedding ceremony without a single guest. 

My FI and I are planning a private ceremony and honeymoon in one. We’re taking a long weekend and getting married in the middle of it, just us and 2 witnesses. I am planning on wearing a traditional wedding gown And I’m incredibly excited at the thought of just us getting married on the beach 🙂

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Helper bee

Well you don’t have to have guests to wear the white dress. we were in hawaii on 10/10/10 which apparently was huge for weddings. There were so many couples getting married with just the two of them, the two of them and a witness or two, or a small group. Every bride seemed to be doing the white dress thing no matter the size of her wedding.

There are also plenty of services that set up this type of wedding package including an officiant, photographer and small beach set up for a package price. Many resorts offer small weddings for free if you book a certain number of nights. Just pick a tropical destination and I’m sure you’ll be able to find someone there that can coordinate a beautiful ceremony for you.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

plenty of places offer elopement packages – I don’t see why you couldn’t wear a white dress, have pictures taken, etc. the way you want. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Many of the all inclusive resorts do wedding packages. My FI and I are going to Couples Resort Tower Isle for our honeymoon, and I know they have wedding packages where they literally take care of everything for you. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My alternate dream wedding, the one I’d have if my FI’s family weren’t so big, would be to have about 20 people all put up in an amazing luxury cabin and have the weekend of our lives. Horseback riding, amusement park, fine dining, spa packages…the ceremony would just be one awesome event in the middle of an otherwise awesome weekend (white dress and all!). Small weddings can be so awesome, especially since with a smaller guest list you save a ton of money and can afford to do a lot of other stuff with the cash you’re saving. I don’t think small wedding means settle, it means get creative! But eloping can be just as awesome too. Find an all-inclusive package and live it up. Best of luck!

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

There’s no reason you can’t still wear a dress! I think small, intimate weddings are so special – find somewhere all-inclusive and have a great time!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May

LongIslandRN:  I’m honestly not entirely sure but it’s very possible that it was a package from the resort. I have come across so many elopement packages for our own wedding destination that it’s pretty common. The packages often include music, flowers, officiant, photography and a dinner for the couple. I hope you go through with this- it sounds like the perfect wedding <3

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I also always wanted a wedding but now we’re not having a traditional one like I expected. I’m an only child and both of my parents are deceased. My boyfriend’s mom is also deceased. We have a few close friends. We’ve talked about it a lot and thought that planning a wedding and realizing our parents weren’t there would be really hard so we decided that we will have a “weddingmoon”. We are going to Bora Bora for 9 days and we will get married while we are there. Just us. And you can bet your sweet ass I am having my white dress (already bought it). We will also have a photographer and videographer. I want it on video because we are going to show the video at the reception we will have back home so the guest can see our ceremony. There is no reason you can not have your wedding with just the two of you! 

Here’s my dress!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Maui

We’re doing a “weddingmoon” just the two of us on a beach in Maui.  There are many companies and resorts that do this sort of thing, and they can arrange as much or as little as you need.  We chose this company, http://www.simplemauiwedding.net/. The plans are pricier than some others I saw, but I liked the photography the best. Still 5 months to go until our weddingmoon, and I’m super excited!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Strawberryshmoo:  We’re doing that too!

LongIslandRN:  Most islands offer elopement packages, or you can find an officiant on your own and get married on the beach. Wear your wedding dress with your veil, flowers, and whatever else you want! I live on a destination wedding-friendly island and assure you it’s not weird in the least! You can hire a photographer to take great pictures of you and your husband during and after the ceremony. In my opinion, “just-the-two-of-us” is still a wedding and a very romantic one too!

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