Post # 1
What did you do for the wedding day? We’re eloping to Positano, Italy in September and have a wedding planner and photographer all lined up. I’m trying to figure out what else to do that day, since I don’t think the ceremony will be that long and there are no family photos or anything that will need to be done. It’s just going to be the 2 of us and we have a photographer booked for 3 hours. Did you go to dinner afterwards or do anything else special? I’m also trying to decide whether we even need things like flowers, music, etc. Initially I didn’t think so, but now I’m starting to wonder if that was that was the choice. I’m starting to think “maybe” on the flowers and keeping with a “probably not” on the music, since the cost doesn’t seem like it would really be worth it.
Any thoughts on how to make the day more special?
Post # 3
No music… too difficult to arrange on the fly. I had a brooch bouquet since trying to arrange for flowers was a pain too.
Day of we went for breakfast, soaked in the hot tub at the hotel, took our time getting ready, ordered champagne and dessert for lunch, got married @ 3, photos until 530. We went to a pub for pints in our wedding clothes, then a swanky dinner @ 7.
Post # 4
@redsangria: Congratulations on your elopement! It sounds beautiful.
We are eloping to Paris this September. We aren’t particularly religious or otherwise traditional, so the ceremony will probably be pretty short. We also have our photographer for 2.5 hours. Needless to say, I can sympathize with your concerns.
One additional thing we will be doing is signing the wedding license after the ceremony. Then we’ll walk to the Pont des Arts and leaving a lock with our names engraved on it, which is a local tradition. After the photographer leaves, we’ll be going for food (either dinner or brunch, depending on the time of day we get married).
Maybe research any Italian wedding customs/traditions? There might even be something romantic that couples (married or not) do that is specific to Positano? If your planner is based in Italy, he/she might be able to help.
Post # 5
I picture my day to be just like a wedding but no guests. Maybe some breakfast in bed, a liesurely morning, maybe a quick hike or quick canoe paddle after brunch.
Then get ready or get a massage perhaps. Maybe get my hair done. I may have some getting ready photos or some first look photos. I picture the ceremony and then maybe a couple of scenic locations outdoors for more photos after the ceremony.
Then go to dinner – just the two of us – as the fanciest restaurant ever, complete with champagne and cake. Yes I’ve thought of what it will look like when a couple in bridal attire shows up to a restaurant. Maybe where ever this place is will have a private/semiprivate room for us.
That’s how I envision it. Not sure where it will be but I have to have mountains as my scenery. Now I just need to include Fiance on my idea! Just kidding, he’s got the same vision.
Post # 6
Thanks for the great ideas, ladies! I really love the idea of a champagne lunch and massage, and I think there may be some laying by the pool worked in as well. I think we’re planning for a 5:30 pm ceremony so we can hopefully capture some of the sunset while the photographer is still with us.
Just a few more months! Can’t wait!
Post # 7
We eloped to Paris. I did three hours of photos too and I promise it is enough. Towards the end I was getting a bit tired. People in Europe eat dinner later (7-9) so we did our wedding at 5 and then went to dinner at 8. We did not have music. I took a silk boquet and it worked out great! We also did a first look. The morning of the wedding we went to the Louvre and did normal stuff. We got ready in the afternoon.