(Closed) Elopement

posted 4 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
5 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

A friend of mine had a VERY small wedding at the Biltmore (and by small I mean less than 20 of us) and it was very nice. She had the ceremony actually at a little church then we all went over to the Biltmore for dinner and lounging. She didn’t do a DJ, or any other customary “wedding” things, it basically was just us close to her and her husband enjoying each other’s company at a beautiful venue. Someone at the venue could be a witness or the officiant can bring someone to be the witness. Good luck!

Post # 4
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

iowagal:  Our plan (when we had a wedding with guests) was to have our mothers be the witnesses to sign the marriage license.


That wedding was cancelled (my dad was dying).


Then we went away on a weddingmoon and got married in Canada (after dad has passed away).  We were going to use the photographer and the wedding planner as our witnesses.  However, we did ask H’s parents to go last minute (like with 15 days notice) and they showed up!  On a Tuesday in a different country!  They are RV masters, so they just drove, plus they are retired.  So they ended up signing the license. 


If you cannot think of anyone while on a trip, it won’t be that hard to find people.  You don’t even have to know them personally.


Bridesmaids are pretty unnecessary in my opinion.  The whole wedding party thing is too.

Post # 5
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sometimes the officiant brings a friend or spouse if they know a head of time too.

Post # 8
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

iowagal:  Getting married on the grounds or in the house is very expensive. Page six will be a rude awakening, likely. http://biltmore.s3.amazonaws.com/9173-wedding_information_october_20132.pdf $3.5k for a garden or lawn ceremony.

Eloping to Ireland won’t likely happen if you want it to be legal. My husband and I live here in Dublin (he’s Irish) and we had to elope in another country just because the logistics of doing it here were so onerous (posting of intensions to marry, getting affidavits, etc. etc.).

In most places, witnesses are just bodies who do just that; witness. We smoked ours out about 30 minutes before the ceremony. I know their names because they’re on the certificate, but don’t know them from Adam!

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