Eloping bees – did you do anything to celebrate with family and friends after?

posted 10 months ago in Elopement
Post # 2
680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Nothing. That was the whole point of us “eloping”. 

It was a planned elopement/weddingmoon or however you want to call it. Everyone knew. That was what we wanted: just to be the two of us and a beach. Stress free 

Post # 3
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2020 - Breckenridge, CO

chillbee29 :  We are eloping and don’t plan on organizing any kind of gathering with family afterwards. If anybody wants to celebrate and take us to dinner or something we will definitely go but we just want to keep it really low key. I’m sure your family will want to celebrate in some way and I would let them plan it for you while you soak in newlywed life! 

Post # 5
1617 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

There was a similar thread on this just the other day. I’m getting deja vu writing my response, so quick version is yes we had a restaurant reception with close friends and family (45 people) after we got back from our “weddingmoon”. We paid for everyone’s food and drinks. 

Post # 6
3084 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2006

Nope, not a thing. Didn’t even send out announcements after. Neither of us have social media so we didn’t post online either. We also didn’t receive any gifts or money from anyone. I remember another post where someone was appalled that they only got 2 cards or something after eloping. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ

Post # 9
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I didn’t plan anything but my mom did throw us a party before we went because she wanted to celebrate us. It was nothing elaborate, just at her house with close friends and family. I enjoyed it even though I wouldn’t have done it myself if she hadn’t wanted to. We also hired an amazing photographer so that we would have pictures to share with family after since it was just us there 

Post # 10
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

We’re eloping next week. When we get back we’ll be taking my parents and his mom out to dinner but that’s it. We are eloping to avoid the whole thing and that includes reception and wedding parties for us. 

Post # 11
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

We’re planning a lunch or dinner with our parents after the courthouse. We’ll be paying as they’re our guests. 

Post # 12
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

chillbee29 :  we eloped, then a few weeks later we hosted a family and friends bbq at our house (not a reception, there were no speeches, dances, gifts, etc). We paid for everything.  It was a blast and as far as how people reacted to it… many people told us that they wished they had done the same.

Post # 13
574 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

No we didn’t! I think his family was probably a bit bothered by it, but mine was okay. Overall I (clearly) didn’t care what they thought and still don’t. We had a wonderful day that I will never forget. 

Post # 15
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2021

MiaSuperstar :  this sounds just like what i want ๐Ÿ™‚ I considered a small wedding but the more I think about it the more it stresses me out. I would love a beach or cruise wedding, something by the ocean. 

It is so nice to hear positive eloping stories. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats. 

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