(Closed) Barely a Bee and already a shotgun wedding!

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Me!  Got pregnant and engaged.  Didn’t want to be a prego bride, so we didn’t do anything.  We were so wrapped up in raising our Dirty Delete that, once we talked about getting married again, I started to think about planning and then got pregnant!  Again, didn’t want to be a prego bride, so backburnered the wedding.  Had baby #2 and we discussed another wedding.  I kind of started to look at venues and whatnot but thought it foolish to have a big to-do because of having two kids.  We kind of thought about a destination/vacation wedding with just the kids and … I got pregnant with baby #3! 

When our 3rd was 2 yo, one day out of the blue, Darling Husband said “We’re doing this today!” and grabbed me, our kids and our birth certificates and we went to City Hall.  On the way, he called a JoP to arrange a time and location while I called our parents and siblings to let them know. 

It all got thrown together in a few short hours!  We hit the supermarket to get a tussy mussy for me and got our oldest Dirty Delete from school.  I wore my favourite outfit from my closet, as did he.  Our “reception” consisted of the 13 of us walking into our favourite restaurant after the “ceremony” and asking for a table! 

We didn’t do anything (ie: reception or celebration w/other family/friends at any point after our marriage) at all.  My something borrowed was my DD’s barrette and I have it tucked away in my jewelry box! 

Post # 4
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

My hubby and I went through immigration last year (fiance visa) and got married by civil ceremony in April.  It’s not what I planned either.  I always figured I’d have one wedding – not 2.  But the timing with immigration meant that my husbands family wouldn’t be able to afford to be here for a wedding right away, so we planned (as you are) a civil ceremony right away and a formal wedding with family, friends and religion to follow 6 months later.

Our civil ceremony was as simple as choosing nice clothes and walking into the courthouse the day after we arrived back in the USA.  I wore a blue dress and my hubby wore grey jeans with a white nice shirt and Tweetie tie.  Here’s a couple pictures:

My only very slight regret is that I didn’t buy a quick, cheap bouquet from a local grocery store.  I saw a couple other ladies there with one and wished I’d had one after it was already too late.  🙂  We didn’t have any reception or anything until our October wedding.  We DID go out to dinner with my parents, brother, SIL and their 2 kids.  It was a nice day and the courthouse we went to did a nice little ceremony including vows and the ring ceremony.

We didn’t really tie the 2 weddings together in any other way then letting people know that we WERE already married and sharing pictures on our website and in our slide show at the reception.

In the end, both days were amazing and it wouldn’t have been complete without the whole family there.  🙂  

Best of luck with all the immigration hassles!

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