Post # 1
I’m looking for couple of eloped or who are planning on eloping- I was hoping those who did elope could tell me about their elopement and maybe share pictures and those who plan to elope could post about their plans. I know there are some folk on here who have eloped, my Fiance and I plan on eloping next May to Gatlinburg- we will rent a really nice cabin, we will have a traditional Scottish handfasting ceremony and be married in Smokey Mountain National Park. I will be wearing a custom made dress and my Fiance will be sporting a kilt, which we are both very excited about! We will have a photographer to capture the ceremony and a few shots after. We are considering getting a bagpiper. I feel that an elopement doesn’t have to be just at the courthouse, which can be beautiful too- we just wanted something outside since we are huge nature lovers. We will be honeymooning in Gatlinburg for a week and a half or so then telling everyone when we come home, those close to us will get a call (since they are far away) and everyone else will get an announcement via mail, probably my favorite picture from the day made in to a pretty announcement. I’d love to hear more about elopements and also your reason for eloping if you would like to share.
Post # 3
Hey there! My Fiance and I are really considering eloping/ having a very small ceremony. Only problem is, my SO HAS to get married in a church/chapel. And I don’t mean a wedding chapel in a hotel or something, but an ACTUAL chapel (ie. little church standing by itslef). *sigh. This alone makes planning soooo difficult! :/. I hope you have better luck then what we are having 🙂
Post # 4
@Prettyinpink: I know of several places down here in the U.S that you could elope to with a small chapel, but I see you are getting married in Canada. Can I ask why you guys are considering eloping? I’m always interested to hear the reason for others.
Post # 5
The more I think about it, the more I’m leaning towards eloping to Gatlinburg as well. They have the cutest chapels up there, not to mention the beautiful mountain scenery, and you can’t beat some of their wedding packages. I’ve vacationed up there before, but my FH has never been, so I think it would be a gorgeous surprise destination. Good luck with your plans, it sounds wonderful!
Post # 6
My fiance and I have gone through half a dozen wedding scenarios in the past year and every time either the expense got to be more than we wanted to spend (as we would rather spend the money on the honeymoon 🙂 or the wedding started becoming about everyone else and what would be convenient for everyone else and not what we wanted.
So yesterday I booked a chapel to elope to Gatlinburg in March. Simple, inexpensive package. Wood chapel inside and out already decorated. Minister to marry us. I’ll be in a dress, he will be in a tux. Photographer to take pictures. Beautiful cabin to relax in with a hot tub and jacuzzi. Cruise a few days later. Trip to London for 1 yr anniversary.
No worries about whether everyone else is having fun, can afford to make it, have that weekend free, etc. etc. etc. Just a lovely, romantic weekend with me and my darling doing exactly what we want to do, when we want to do it.
We’ll have a party/reception later for family and friends with cake and possibly a mexican fiesta theme!
Post # 7
@raerosado–you sound JUST like me!! FH & I have been engaged for 2 years now!! We’ve tried every possible option to get married in our home town w/our families. The costs are just TOO much and our family is unable to help us.
It came down to the realization that we were planning this big wedding for everyone ELSE!! For our parents; for our friends; we felt like we’d be paying for everything and stressing over planning we wouldn’t even get to enjoy the day!! It’s fun being guests at a wedding; but the actual bride/groom don’t really get to enjoy themselves. AND then we’d hardly be able to afford our honeymoon.
We love when it’s just the two of us; relaxing on vacation so we decided to Elope. Well it’s tricky-we’re getting Legally married here in NYC; and then will be going to Costa Rica on our honeymoon where we will have a non legal-symbolic ceremony so that we can get all dressed up and have beautiful pictures. We’ll do the city hall thing here in NYC with our families and then go to dinner afterwards. But other than that the big deal will be the trip to Costa Rica and then a party at my Aunts house (she’s got a big backyard) later in the summer.
Post # 8
@Leafy: Due to immigration, my partner wanted to have 2 separate ceremonies, rather than just going to the courthouse (which doesn’t totally bother me >.<) and leaving it at that. Our actual legal wedding will be the U.S (Pennsylvania) roughly around the time I have listed on my profile. Don’t you just love immigration? Can’t plan anything!!! 🙁
Post # 9
After being together for 8 years and having 3 kids together, and trying to plan some sort of wedding but it never happening (mainly because on the occassions we’d talk about it and start thinking about it, I’d find myself pregnant again), Darling Husband, totally out of the blue, said “OK — we’re doing this today” and grabbed me, our birth certificates, our 2 kids who weren’t in school, and we went to City Hall for the license. On the drive to City Hall, he called the JoP and arranged the time and place for later that same day. I called our parents and siblings, went home, changed into our favourite outfits from our closet, picked up our oldest Dirty Delete from school, and met the JoP and our family. We said our I Do’s with my brother and his sister as our witnesses and then headed to our favourite restaurant for a “reception”. Thankfully, we were a party of 13, so it was easy to seat us! We all drove back to our house for cake and champagne, which our parents had picked up on the way to our house post-dinner.
Since we live near a tourist area, my parents stayed at our house with the kids and we went on an impromptu “honeymoon” (aka long weekend).
Best wedding EVER!!!!
Post # 10
my fiance and i are eloping in about 10 hours! i decided that i was going to pull up my big girl panties and stop letting my family and their opinions of what i should or should not do affect me and just go do it. they are not the biggest fans of my fh because he has had difficulty in the past of finding and keeping work. we are both full-time students, i work full-time, and we have a 3 year old and a 1 year old. we’re busy. i have no issue working full-time and being in school full-time. my work pays the bills. if he wants to focus on school so he can be done early, i fully support his decision to do so. my family, however, has told me that this is clearly unacceptable and that he’s worthless. we have had our ups and downs and that comes with us getting together young and jumping into things (i had just turned 19 when we met, had our first baby when i was 20). aside from our ups and downs, the same ones that everyone else probably has, i love him. he is a wonderful man, he treats me well, and he is the best daddy to our children. we are going to the courthouse with our kids, my sister and my nephew, and his best friend. we’re wearing jeans, i’m wearing a black sweater, he’s wearing a button-up shirt. we’re not making a big deal out of it because it’s about us and that’s how we want it. we’ve been engaged for 4 years now and it’s time we make it known that we are in this for the long haul, regardless of what anyone says. 🙂
Post # 11
Congrats Mrs.Nerd! I hope you have a fun day.
We are planning a Hawaiian elopement but still debating the island and timing. Just the 2 of us, on the beach with a Hawaiian ceremony (non-religious). We are hoping to get married towards the beginning of our trip and then spend the rest of the trip honeymooning. I’m hoping for lots of outdoor adventures mixed with beach time.
For those who did/are planning to elope did y’all tell your families first? Or was it a surprise?