The logistics of eloping are more confusing than I thought. Tips?

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Have you thought about using the wedding services that the cruise line offers? They can be a little pricey but are sometimes worth it. Otherwise you may want to see if you can find a wedding coordinator that is in Bermuda. 

Don’t forget to find out about the logistics of getting legally married in Bermuda also. DH and I had a destination wedding and ended up picking Florida because it was super easy to get legally married there.

Post # 4
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1947 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Bermuda definitely has cars!  We took taxis around when we stayed there a few years ago.  I’d do some research online and hire a livery car for the day!  

Post # 5
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11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Definitely take a cab. You could not pay me to get on one of those mopeds!

Post # 7
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Newbee

@freshflowers:  I have absolutely nothing constructive to say as I just got engaged myself and have no idea what i am doing but…

this:::
..and I will drive myself to my wedding on a mo-ped in a big gown all on my own. This sounds like a scene from a comedy movie.

Made me laugh hysterically for about 5 full minutes.

Best of luck and hope your day is lovely!  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

@freshflowers: 

Do you have your officiant lined up? It looks like civil ceremonies take place in the Registry General’s Marriage Room. Other locations require consent of the clergy. You will need your ‘Notice of intent’ filed with them and published in two local papers 15 days prior to the ceremony (they arrange that once you file). You will also need two witnesses. http://www.bermuda.com/visitors/weddings.aspx

Sorry if any of that came across as patronising, as I’m sure you’re well able to find the same info I did. It’s just that when I eloped, my concerns surrounded pretty much just the one thing: MAKE SURE THIS IS LEGALLY BINDING! And I’d hate to think that any one else might get tripped up on the tricky legal parts. Seriously, navigating the laws of another nation can be nerve-wracking!

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

@freshflowers:  

Cool! In that case, I second the idea of leveraging the power of the cruiseline to help get some of these things sorted. I’d imagine they’ll have contacts with local companies for flowers and perhaps transport rental or taxi as someone mentioned (though picturing you on a mo-ped in your wedding dress is epic!).

I’d even ask a friendly staff member for ideas about keeping your preperations seperate. When I eloped, I found people came out of the woodwork to help. People love being a part of something momentous that they hadn’t anticipated. Weddings make people happy! And I’d imagine a lot of folks who work on cruiselines are amazing jacks of all trades. Having worked in hotels, there’s no end of things I can arrange at short notice for guests.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@freshflowers:  

  1. We will be on a cruise and have one room reserved. I would like to get ready separately if possible, or at least where he cannot see me. put up a drape? Or just get ready together?

Here is what we did.  We only had one hotel room too.  I did my hair and makeup in the room (myself), got into my slip and bra.  He got ready completely.  The photographer got a few shots of us getting ready.  Then he and the photographer went outside to get photos of just him waiting on some stairs while I waited in the room.  Then she told him to wait in the “first look” spot.  She came upstairs and then got me into my dress and got photos of just me.  So each of us had to wait alone for 10 minutes max.  Then we did the first look – where he saw the complete package.  LOL  I was glad she did all the thinking.

2.Getting to the venue. Bermuda has NO CARS!! And the beaches we are looking at are far enough away from where our cruise ship would be docked that we would need to take mo-peds. Only thing: there will be 3 of us because my fiance has a daughter. Mo peds seat 2 people. So my fiance and his daughter will go on one to the venue…

…and I will drive myself to my wedding on a mo-ped in a big gown all on my own. This sounds like a scene from a comedy movie.

Funny enough, the lodge where we stayed was kind of on an island and there were no cars either!  We just walked everywhere including halfway around the lake to get some photos. Yes, I hiked in my heels.

3. Flowers. I realy would like fresh flowers for my wedding, but I am worried about the logistics of using a florist in bermuda that I have never met with before. I am open to the idea of just hitting up a flower stand morning of, but am concerned about what happens if we cannot find one and the added stress of that. Also… how do you carry a bouquet with you on a mo-ped??

I also never met my florist.  The wedding planner at the lodge said to give him 3 photos of bouquets I liked, and then any special flower requests.  They had no peonies at that time of year.  I was REALLY hoping for peonies – they are my homestate’s flower.  So I went for cabbage roses.  Same with the cake – just showed them 3 photos I liked.  They had a florist they used for all elopements.

Here are the three photos I gave him. 

 

Here is what the florist came up with.  I never saw or spoke to the florist.  I was happy!  Not bad!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@freshflowers:  PS I used to do all my grocery shopping with just a moped.  So either put the bouquet in a sack gently which then goes between your feet, or put it in the storage space under the seat.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@freshflowers:  im a local resident of Bermuda (born and raised) although I have not been married yet everyone around me has.

1. We do have cars/taxi avaliable for use during weddings but I would advise using taxi’s as the cars are quiet luxury and can be pretty costly. (its half and half here – some people opt for taxi – more cost effective). They string ribbons on the windshields and toot horns (very local thing to do).

2. There are plenty of florist on Island who are AWESOME! Flowers by Gemi; Demo Florist are 2 examples.

3. More than likely your boat will dock in Dockyard and the west side of the Island has many many beautiful beaches/coves/ parks!

I happy that you chose Bermuda to have your wedding!!!!!

 

 

 

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