(Closed) Ceremony after "eloping" / vows / dual active military

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
2385 posts
Buzzing bee

I think you have to do what’s best for you. Don’t worry about what others think. If it makes you feel better, we are a military couple and very likely going to have more than one ceremony for that reason. 

Post # 4
7561 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think it’s totally fine to have a big ceremony (or vow renewal) as long as you’re open and honest with everyone that you’re already married. Usually it seems like people are critical when already married couples want to have pre-wedding events like showers and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

Post # 5
3092 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think your loved ones will be super excited to celebrate your wedding stateside and thrilled to hear about your Japan adventure to boot!

Post # 6
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We eloped and then had a big reception a few weeks later & for us it was completely perfect and magical. Agree with PP that you should do what YOU want and seriously not worry about others opinions, especially on the bee. These posts usually get a lot of negative feedback. I would hate to think opinions of strangers could squash your hopes of having a dream wedding that you surely deserve. Here’s some links to ours :-)) it was so awesome & all our family & friends had a fantastic party



Post # 7
18 posts
  • Wedding: January 2017

Tell them you’re doing it ‘Japanese style’– get married legally at the courthouse first,  having a religious ceremony and/or party later. 😉 You can’t get legally married by a priest even if you want to! It always made more sense to me that way.

Honestly, if they know you and really care about you as family/friends, why wouldn’t they want to come together and celebrate? If someone is really so petty as to exclude themself from a celebration of your union because of the order of events, well… It boggles my mind!

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