Describe your elopement ceremony…

posted 1 year ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
8807 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Coco Brown Walker :  In our state, you had to wait 3 days between getting the license and getting married. Fortunately, we lived about an hour from the border of another state that did not have a waiting period. So we drove down on a Sunday, just the 2 of us. Stayed the night in a hotel, and Monday we went to the courthouse. Stood in line for a while, they asked if we were drunk, related, or already married. We said no and they gave us the license. Then they asked if we were getting married there that day. We said yes and they pointed us to another line. Stood in that line for a while, then a judge came out and introduced himself. He asked if we’d like to go outside because it was a nice day. I was surprised because I didn’t know that would be an option. I said yes, so he took us out and led us under a big tree with roses blooming in the background. He asked if we wanted religious or secular, we both said secular. Long or short, we both said short. I remember watching my now-husband say his vows, thinking “this is really real.” Before I knew it, it was over and we were married. We called our parents on the drive back and told them we did it. They were happy for us and planned a very small get together at a pub the following weekend. I would call it a success story since that was over 20 years ago and we’re still going strong. For our 10th anniversary we took our kids to that courthouse and had a picnic under the tree. It was very special. I’m guessing you’re eloping maybe and that’s why you asked — if so, best wishes. I hope it’s peaceful and easy, and the start of a wonderful life. 

Post # 3
11786 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Daisy_Mae :  omg I love this! What a great story! You know I want pictures but I won’t harass you๐Ÿ˜

Post # 5
8807 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

BalletParker :  Thank you! We were too poor to hire a photographer and this was before cellphones had cameras so the only pics are in my mind. 

Another detail, OP: people were dressed in everything from jeans to full bridal regalia. I was 7 months pregnant and wore a blue and white maternity dress, so no wedding gown for me, but there were some there. Nobody looked out of place — the couples in jeans and t-shirts looked just as happy as the ones in fancy dresses and everyone in between.

Post # 6
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018


We arrived in Maui on Saturday und started by exploring the island. Beautiful beautiful place! I am in love.

We had an appointment at the wedding license place on Monday. There we met our wedding coordinator and talked about the ceremony the next day. After that we followed some very amusing directions to take a look at all the beaches that were at our disposal and decided for option 1 and 2. Then we just relaxed. On our wedding day we went to see a museum and ate some light lunch. We had a scare at aground 14:00 when the wedding coordinator called and told us that there was another wedding at Location 1. it was a very small cove and it might have felt crowded. But like us they put in two options. So it was a gamble. We decided to try for the cove. My fiancé helped a clearly overdosed girl the day before and I said that due to his Mizwah we would be lucky! And by golly we were!! It was only us at that tiny secret cove  

About 2.5 hours before the wedding my hair and makeup lady came to our condo and my fiancé disappeared to the bedroom. It was nice to chat with a girl before the wedding. My fiancé left about 30 min before me. My stylist helped me into my dress and she had the matching flowers for my hair already with her.  I was being picked up by the wedding coordinator who also gave me my bouquet. (The flowers in my hair, the bouquet and my lei all matched)

At the beach the florist had set up the flower circle we were getting married in. The Hawaiian Officiant, the photographer, the musician and the conch shell blower where already there and set up.

the ceremony was set to catch the beautiful hawaiian sunset.

My fiancé was at the beach standing with the back to the entrance (small walkway) next to the minister. The conch shell blower walked in front of me blowing his shell. That was the cue for my fiancé to turn around and see me “walking down the isle”. The shell was blown in all for directions (north, east, south and west). He brought me to my fiancé who took my hand and led me into the flower circle. The officiant (great great grand son of the last queen of Maui) blew his shell and sang a Hawaiian wedding chant. The musician played a song. Then the officiant talked about marriage and love. Then we had a Jewish part with the gifting of the ring and Jewish wedding vows followed by the reading of the Ketubah and words of wisdom about marriage. Then another song from the musician flowed by the Hawaiian lei ceremony. Loads of kissing with all those ceremonies. Another song. Then the traditional exchange of vows and rings. The officiant gave us a gift – a peak in a shell – representing the circle of life. Then he declared us husband and wife. We danced to another song in the flower circle and in the end the conch shell blower lead is to the ocean like it is traditionally done in Hawaii. Then we signed the marriage papers and the Ketubah, laughed and chatted a bit and went on to take our wedding pictures. 

Then the photographer and my husband helped my out of the dress and I quickly changed into a shorter white light sundress to go for dinner at the – wait for it – Humuhumunukunkuapua‘a. 

It was the best choice we could have made! Everything was great. I felt beautiful and loved. The people making our wedding so wonderful were friendly and funny. We laughed a lot. 

PS: i do have pictures of anyone cares for them ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 8
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

We eloped on a sailboat in St. Augustine, about three hours from where we live. We drove over the day before our ceremony and stayed at a cute B&B. We saw Duran Duran that first night (I say it was our bachelor/bachelorette party). The morning of our ceremony, we walked to a gourmet cupcake shop and selected some cupcakes for after the ceremony (I had ordered cupcake toppers in the shape of sailboats, with our initials and wedding date already). We stayed in our room for the rest of the time and got ready. I had a wedding dress (cheap from Amazon) and had made my bouquet from silk flowers. Darling Husband wore a suit. We were driven to the marina by a local golf cart tour company. Of course, on the way there, I realized I had left my bouquet, so I called the owners of the B&B and they brought it to me! 

We met the officiant and we all got on the sailboat (me, Darling Husband, officiant and the captain). He sailed us to a cove near the Great Cross of St. Augustine and we had our ceremony. The officiant’s part was very us and we said our own vows. The captain took pictures (he had offered, but noted he was not a professional photographer, he just had professional equipment…and his pictures sucked, my one regret). After the Ceremony, we took celebratory shots of scotch (my wedding present to DH), and shared cupcakes with everyone. We then sailed for about 1.5 hours.

When we got back to the marina, I had arranged for a pedicab to pick us up. It was decorated with “just married” signs and such. The driver took us on a little tour of the historic district (people would yell congratulations as we passed and one person even asked to take our picture!). We were dropped off at a fancy restaurant and had a great meal. When we were done, we called the pedicab driver we had before (his name was Thor!) and he took us back to our B&B. All in all, it was perfect!

By The Way, the sailboat in my profile pic is the one we got married on. Unfortunately, we think the boat got destroyed in a hurricane last year ๐Ÿ™ We did sail on it on our first anniversary, but when we went back a few months ago for our second anniversary, it was nowhere to be seen, even though the company had their other boats.

Post # 9
1764 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

OMG all these stories are making me tear up. ๐Ÿ˜ข All so meanigful and romantic!


Post # 11
1504 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

We’re “eloping” this summer though our family and friends all know about it. 

It’s going to be at a castle in Scotland! We stay at the castle a few nights and are having a ceremony outdoors in the gardens by the ocean just the two of us. It was a package that includes meals, champagne, flowers etc. 

I’ve got an amazing dress, will get hair and makeup done. We’ve hired a photographer for 3 hours. We then go to Ireland for our honeymoon and will have a small celebration back home.

So excited! 

Post # 12
263 posts
Helper bee

I am also eloping this August in Gretna in Scotland. An old Mill that they used to marry people in secret and is now a wedding hotel destination. 

The little ceremony hall is candle lit and quaint with lots of fresh flowers. My 2 best friends are my bridesmaids and my dad will walk me down the aisle. Just me my partner and those 3 people. I have a nice wedding dress and my partner will wear a kilt. We have chosen the longer wedding vows with a handfasting to connect our two families. 

Afterwards we take photos in the scenic grounds and then we are going across to a little pub for a late brunch and a few drinks before heading back north to glasgow. Stress free, romantic and just perfect. 

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