(Closed) Private Wedding for 2 – Ideas for Details to Make it Special

posted 5 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
5967 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Any resort that your staying at should have a consierge available to assist in any way possible, they’ll also be able to recommend some things unique to the area for you.  Some things I would think up might include a couples massage for the night before, a gift exchange, maybe a secluded boat or carriage ride.  Inquire about hair or makeup services for you and see if there’s a local barber that could do a traditional steam and shave for your Fiance.  Don’t be afraid to immerse yourself in the local flavor, when we honeymooned in Fiji, they had the entire population of the island there when we arrived to sing a marriage song, and then the chief of the island blessed us and invited us to his home for kava later that week…it’s fun to see how other people celebrate!

Post # 4
407 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My Fiance and I are having massages the morning of, getting dressed to soft music and candlelight, having mani’s and pedi’s the day before, having a picnic afterwards with a small cake and sparkling cider, and having a photographer with several photo props like we’re married and a large picture frame. I’m also thinking of balloons but I just don’t know. I’ll have a bouquet so I just don’t know if balloons are needed.

I’m also interested to know what everyone else suggests to add to a pretty wonderful day.

Post # 5
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think secrecy is mandatory these days in order for it to be considered an elopement!


I can tell you how our day was special!  

On our wedding day, we started the day off with a lovely buffet breakfast at our lodge and then went for a long hike.  We are very active outdoor people so even though we hike a lot in general, having a wedding day hike was really “us” in so many ways.  We made up a wedding day hike song and sang it along the trail.  Yes we’re big goobers.  But the excitement was building, knowing that soon we were going to be getting ready for our wedding!  

When we returned to our lodge around 2:00pm, we figured some last minute details.  We booked an elopement package which came with a wedding planner, so we had to meet about when to get the flowers, what time the canoe dock closed, etc.  Then we got ready together starting around 2:30pm.  Since we did not have a proper lunch, the consierge sent us a complimentary snack tray to our room (cheese, crackers, fruit).  So we enjoyed that while taking in the lovely balcony to our room. 

The photographer came at 4:00pm to get some getting ready and details shots.  The ceremony was at 5:00pm but we wanted to get in a first look prior so the photographer arranged that as well.  Our ceremony included walking in together arm in arm, which is a Swedish custom for brides and grooms, and my H is very Scandinavian.  I also had written in an Irish blessing to represent my heritage.  I really wanted peonies for my bouquet to represent my home state of Indiana, but even so we each had something to represent our backgrounds for the ceremony.  

After the ceremony, we went right to the canoe dock to get some photos of us in a canoe.  This is also very “us” as one of our first big trips as a couple was a multi-day canoe trip through the Utah desert.  We wandered around the lake in our wedding attire and got photos in various locations until about 7:00pm.  

Around 7:00pm, we headed to the dining lodge for our three course dinner and had a bottle of champagne to start us off.  We had our own personal attendant for our meal.  He was very knowledgeable about the food.  We ended the meal with our own personal wedding cake, plus some gormet sorbet.  (We did an elopement package that came with all these things.)

Afterwards we went back to our lodge room and lit a fire in the fireplace and opened the porch door which had a private balcony and overlooked the lake.  Annnd you know the rest…

It was quite a full day and represented us very much so!  I think choosing a venue/lodge that knew how to treat the couple, add the details, take care of things – really helped make the whole day feel special and us feel special.  It was really nice to be taken care of versus us just going to a restaurant without them knowing about our big day.

Post # 6
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@sienna76:  That sounds lovely! So glad you had a wonderful wedding day 🙂 Makes me excited to start planning our elopement!

Post # 9
4954 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Which island? I always dreamed of doing that! But we had just been to Mexico a few weeks prior, so we just eloped here in Texas.


Give us details! What are you wearing?

Post # 11
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Indeed the words Elopement now for many people, just mean that there isn’t anyone else but the two of you (secret surprise wedding isn’t necessary any more)

In our case, like you, we are Eloping to a Destination Wedding (Southern US)

Plans are to arrive in the area day before, so we can pick up our Wedding License.  Then spend the remainder of the day checking up on the details we’re booking from afar over the phone & internet (such as my bouquet / our cake, etc)

Spend the rest of Day 1 enjoying our Destination locale

Day 2 is our Wedding Day… probably sleep in a wee bit.  Then I the Bride am off for some pampering (hair & make-up).  Back to the suite to get dressed, and meet up with our Photographer.  A few before the Ceremony pics including a unique First Look.  Then our Wedding Ceremony, followed by some more photos taken at our venue in the Garden (where we’ll marry) and on the Beach (by then it should be nearing in on sunset… so hoping for some dramatic shots).

Then the two of us will be popping a bottle of champagne, and toasting our marriage… not 100% sure where we’ll be doing this… thoughts to consider are… Antique Car – Horse & Carriage – or back in our Suite with the balcony over the Ocean and gorgeous view of the Sunset !!

After that, we have Dinner booked at our favourite Seaside Restaurant, and I’m planning to also have some Wedding Cake… either a small top layer, or 2 Wedding Cupcakes.

Then back to the Suite to sit on the Balcony with a nightcap and listen to the waves crash on the seawall below.  Probably fall asleep with the doors open and a gentle seabreeze.

After our Honeymoon, we’ll be having a Back Home Reception Party with our closest friends & family members.  And the theme will be Surf & Shore… so as to tie in the elements of our whole Destination Wedding and Honeymoon.  Should be fun.


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