@CHICJDWIFE: Cute avatar!
We did the destination elopement thing. We went to Canada and planned it all in 15 days even though we were engaged for 15 months.
So we did have a wedding all planned and booked. Then it was cancelled (my dad was dying and he eventually passsed away sadly), then we tried to redo a smaller immediate family only wedding which was not working. So people were kind of already waiting to hear what we were going to do.
I did tell people that we were going to Canada. It wasn’t that they were not invited, it’s that they said upfront they couldn’t come to our homestate anyway (this is my family I’m talking about), so we did not see any reason to keep in our state. We wanted to go big!
We updated our Facebook while in Canada and that tole the rest of the world. Later I made holiday cards using a photo and that told the rest of the family who are not on Facebook. So no formal annoucements basically.
I will say that I am very happy with our route to go to Canada and have our own wedding. I did not have any upset family at all. The say was 100% about us and no stress.
So here is what we spent on just the wedding part:
My attire: $701 (dress, slip, shoes, bra, jewelry, hair flower)
His attire: $233 (suit from Kohl’s, shirt, tie, hankie)
His Ring: $350 (it was $700, but I traded in a ring that was valued at $350)
Photography: $1260 (3 hours, plus her 4 hours of travel)
Other (which were bouquet, bout, champagne, three course dinner, one tier wedding cake and more): $550
TOTAL $3300 (does not include the hotel and food part, just wedding stuff)
This is what it looked like: