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posted 1 year ago in Elopement
Post # 31
9 posts

We briefly considered eloping, but really wanted to share the day with our families. We had a small morning wedding and served a buffet breakfast after the ceremony.  Everything was wrapped up by 11:30, and we left for our honeymoon that afternoon. We made great memories with our family, took amazing morning sunligh photos, and skipped paying for some expensive wedding costs normally associated with an evening reception.  Our small morning wedding was a great fit for us. 

Post # 32
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I really wanted a very small intimate wedding. When we got engaged, I found a place that could hold 20 people comfortably, in a nice garden for the ceremony and I thought we could go to a nice restaurant afterwards. My husband however really wanted a traditional wedding for some reason. I really don’t know why as 2 of his closest friends had court house weddings. But he pretty much said, “this is the only time I plan on getting married and I want a larger affair.” So, we met half way. We had a “small” wedding with 74 people RSVP-ing yes and 70 people in attendance. The reception space could hold 88 people so it was comfortable and the ceremony was on the beach. If I could have had my way, I would have had the small intimate ceremony I wanted (saved me some money and a whole bunch of stress). However, it was nice to see family I had not seen in a couple years due to distance. Plus, the pictures always make me smile.

Post # 33
641 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

We had a 35 person wedding. We used the clubhouse at my parent’s place and did a lot of diy. Full price for photography was totally worth it. Everything else we made our bought on sites like and Amazon. We did get it catered but for 35 people it’s not so bad. The flowers were a mix of silk and Sola wood. I recommend giving yourself some time and getting things together so you can do it cheaper. If you want your bridal moment (and why wouldn’t you) make sure you get it. The botanical garden idea sounds beautiful. We did the ceremony on a waterfront field (not as messy as a beach) in Florida. All it really took was the arches (40$ for a set of 3 on amazon) tulle (super cheap I bought a few bolts from, flowers (silk and Sola wood), folding chairs (which we didn’t pay for since they were in the nearby clubhouse), chair covers (apx1.50 ea online) and a speaker with a microphone (costco $160) which was more than loud enough and did double duty during the speaches and reception music. If you have a friend or family member that lives in a well manicured community that has a clubhouse they rent out (often for free) to residents see if they can’t thelp you out with the venue. Then you can get to decorating. It’s amazing what some christmas lights and cheap tents from amazon did for dining ambiance. 021601021

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