(Closed) Considering Elopement? I need my ladies input :)

posted 5 years ago in Elopement
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  • Wedding: August 2012

@jrinehart3211: 

So we had a 75 person Destination Wedding planned for Grand Teton National Park last summer.  Everyone would have to travel.  We are not related to anyone in our entire time zone (MST)!  All our good friends even left the state.  So it was a Destination Wedding no matter what.

There were a lot of complications, stress, and money being spend that I did not like.  Then my dad was nearing his end of life (like 4-6 months to live and our wedding was in 5 months).  So we cancelled it all 120 days before our date, and got nearly all our money back.

After he had passed and I had mourned, we eloped to Canada while on a vacation.  I had tried to do an immediate family only wedding, but not everyone could travel for that (even if I paid for lodging/food/shuttle).

Since we had saved soooo much money with our weddingmoon, we were able to fly to our “would be wedding guests” to visit/celebrate with them individually over the course of 8 months.  Our guests were coming from Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Arizona, Vermont, Colorado, Massachusetts, Indiana, Illinois, Virginia, and California.  We have since visited/seen all of them except for Vermont, and the MA person came to see us.

Since we were able to stay with these friends (like a 3 day weekend), we took them out for dinner and just relived our wedding day with them and celebrated and visited.  How nice to be able to sit down with loved ones and really spend time with them!  Sometimes I’d buy a bottle of champagne to celebrate (depends if they were drinkers in the first place).  Granted I wasn’t in my wedding gown and there was not reception music, but I don’t think it really mattered since we spent quality time with individuals.

 So there’s an idea for ya! A wedding where everyone comes together sounds lovely to me too, but in reality it’s a PITA and can be super stressful as I figured out.

 

 

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