(Closed) Engagement party turned "surprise wedding"?? :)

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 18
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Bumble Beekeeper

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@becky2198:  You are welcome.  Your secret is good with me.  My invitation will be in the mail -right?  πŸ˜‰

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

Sounds like a fantastic plan! I would love that if I was a guest, although you might not get all of your presents that day, which is not at all a big deal, so maybe you can tell everyone where you are registered on the invite and to please bring the presents to the party and not the wedding (even though they actually would be). But even if not, gifts aren’t that big of a deal, just something you may not have thought about earlier.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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@becky2198:  I love the breakdown of reasons you just listed! I totally agree this will focus more on you and your SO becoming man and wife! πŸ™‚

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I think this is a great idea! So romantic, too. I think you said it best here

Also, we will spread the rumor that we are unable to have a formal wedding at this time so will be eloping/going to the courthouse so this “engagement party” will be our way of celebrating with our friends and family. “

I think that would certainly help bring more butts to the seats, as they say. Especially if you include your honey is leaving soon and wants to see everybody before he goes. Definitely include something along the lines of “Cancel all your other plans, and come to this special event! You won’t regret it!”

GOOD LUCK! Keep us all posted!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@becky2198:  Great idea, someone I know did that, and even did it at the one venue in town that I think is perfect. That is perfection for me as a guest: I go to a party without having to shop for a gift and wrap it, and when standing around with a drink in my hand, get to watch a pretty bride in a lovely dress do the deed. Then we eat and drink afterwards!

To me, the perfect wedding event. Go for IT!!!!!!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

A friend of mine did this. It was a casual engagement party at a winery and I ran into her the day before the event. I was frantic about what I would wear since I didn’t bring anything too dressy and my small town didnt have anywhere decent to shop at. She told me not to worry about it so I wore what I could find-a white cotton dress- and went. After a while she disappeared though no one really thought much of it. They had us gather around in a circle and then suddenly she was walking down the aisle in her gorgeous gown and a huge smile! I think we were all as much shocked as the couple were excited. All in all it was a pretty sweet event and it was definitely their personality, but i really wish I could have come better prepared (like NOT wear white!)

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

Well that works even better, then!

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think this will be awesome. Congrats!

 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I love this idea. My only concern is that people might not take it as seriously since it’s just an engagement party… like “oh I’m busy/tired/whatever- I”ll catch them later!” and then they’d regret it massively because they’d be missing the wedding, which, had they known about, they likely would have gotten themselves UNbusy/UNtired for. Put a big emphasis on it, though… make it seem very formal, with nice invites and focus on RSVPs, talk it up, mention a special announcement, etc… I think it’ll be great!

Post # 29
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2003

Hi all,

I’m Judd, I photographed Mark and Chon’s surprise wedding that’s been linked here. And just wanted to let you all know it was awesome! Every part of the day went as planned and everyone was surprised, it was just a great atmosphere. I don’t mind telling people during the bridal waltz tears were welling, it all hit me as everything was coming to a close, that Chon’s dream wedding had come true. Every girl deserves that, their dream wedding.

Oh and don’t worry about people not coming because it’s only an engagement party, the way I look at it, if they are true friends they’ll be there, true friends are always there. If you do it, the people that actually matter will be there, that’s all that counts.

Congrats to all who are getting married too!

cheers..

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Love this whole idea. We are actually considering doing this..

Post # 31
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Wannabee

I think it’s a great idea. Don’t know if my family would be able to handle it, but I think everyone invited to yours will have a good time.

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