How did you announce your elopement?

posted 4 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
3376 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ontbride:  as we were leaving town to go the coast where we were eloping, we dropped off some announcements I made in the mail. We mailed them to close family and Friends. By the time we got back from our honeymoon 3 days later everyone knew and we made it Facebook official. 🙂

Post # 6
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Golden Gate Bridge

We are making really awesome handmade announcements now so they will be ready to go when we get back from our elopement (in february). We have to wait to send them out till after the elopement because we are going to include a photo from our big day. 

The tricky thing is timing out when we mail them so everyone gets them around the same time and no one finds out from facebook before us. It’s hard because we have family in remote overseas  locations, and both coasts of the u.s.. It is a total secret so I can’t talk to anyone about it until they get their announcments (THANK GOD FOR YOU GUYS!)

Personally, I think announcing on Facebook is lame. 

Post # 7
295 posts
Helper bee

We actually just did our announcement this weekend. Since we didn’t tell any of our families and friends back home we before now because we wanted to do it in person Which for us ment that we fibbed just a bit when we made the announcememt. Our fib was really just the date by it being that we eloped over Thanksgiving weekend vs in July so that there wouldn’t really be any hurt feelings with conituing out a lie. As for reaching extended family and family friends we plan on doing paper announcers in the spring with a photoshoto of us wearing so formal wear in hopwfully a nice romantic area. Luckily (okay at least me) that we don’t have family really on Facebook so that if we wanted to now we could make a Facebook announcement ( which by the way I am so I itiching to do) and then everybody would then just get the paper announcements later.  Although as of now we haven’t really talked out the game plan for when it comes social media and makeing it official that way so I probably be patient and just wait. 

Post # 8
7272 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@MackieBleu:  I would recommend sent ting your FB to not allow wall posts or tagging once you send out announcements. That will make it harder for people who get their announcements earlier to post about them. You can change the settings back once everyone knows. 

Post # 9
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ontbride:  While still on our weddingmoon, we canged our Facebook statuses.  We did not have regular interent connection, but one of the hotels had WIFI so we did it then.  My sister also posted something on my wall, which of course set off tons of questions and posts.  Photos came a week later when the photographer sent us a teaser.  Our immediate family knew our plans already. 

I could have set the settings to say no one else can post on my wall.  But it wasn’t to be a secret really.  It was just a private wedding, not a secret wedding.

To others who were not on Facebook (like aunts and uncles), I made a holiday card using one wedding photo and send that out – even though it was like 4 months after our wedding.  That pretty much covered the rest of the folks.  I never send out holiday cards, so that was like the only time!


Post # 10
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Golden Gate Bridge

@MexiPino:  I don’t have a facebook so that will be easy peasy! It’s not that I don’t want anyone to know, I just want them to hear it from me first. This will me a huge surprise which I am having so much more fun with than stressing over a wedding with 100+ people involved. I love surprises!

Post # 11
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am planning on using a few different ways. Our photographer will have our full photos to us a week-10 days after our elopement (used her before) but she will put up a few sneak peaks. I will probably use those to make something up and glue it to a petal fold & mail it but I have a big mouth so we will probably tell friends/family before then online. 

Post # 12
4961 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We planned on mailing announcements, but once it hit facebook, it wasn’t necessary to mail announcements. 🙂


For our families, we sent them this text message:



Post # 13
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FI & I are actually planning to have a videographer to capture the ceremony & we will send that as our announcement to family and friends when its edited 🙂


we also will have a photographer so we are hoping to use atleast one photo from the big day for the dvd insert but if not we will use an engagement photo &  add some sweet words on the inside …


Everyones going to think that the announcement is there invitation so its going to be an awesome suprise!  

Post # 13
1 posts

We announced by changing our fb statuses. It was his second marriage and my 3rd. Neither of us had the money for a wedding and we just wanted to do what we wanted without the opinions of others. I was 31 and he was 26. We felt we were of the age to do what we wanted and neither of us had a super close relationship with our parents so we weren’t too concerned about devastating them. However, extended family have made it into a big deal and now anytime they make an announcement such as a new baby on the way they make a point of telling his grandma (in front of us) that they had to tell her in person so she doesn’t find out from fb. It’s upsetting to me that they won’t let it rest. We did what we felt worked for us at the time. 

Post # 14
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We waited a few days and then called people to let them know, we told our closest friends. My SO told his sisters while my Dad threw a party and I video called and told my family while he held a party (both set of parents knew we were eloping). Once we had called our nearest and dearest, we just posted a photo on Facebook and a cheeky caption. All were supportive 🙂 

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