Post # 1
My Boyfriend or Best Friend and I are planning to elope. I personally would be ok with a courthouse wedding but he wanted something nicer. Truth be told, I also wanted a religious ceremony. We’ve considered many options.
First we talked about eloping on the beach last fall. For various reasons we changed our minds and said we’d stay in our city. We wanted to use a discount wedding package deal that a local park offers twice a year but finances were too tight. Then we said we’d just get married in the same park later after he’d saved up for a ring. Winter came and we started looking at indoor spaces but holidays are expensive so everything got pushed to this year. We found the perfect venue, that rents hourly, and photographer, who was willing to give us a special “elopement” package. These were the only two things we wanted…great photos in a nice venue. We decided that when we got the money together we’d be ready.
Well I think we’re getting closer to lining the financial part up and we find out the venue only rents in 4hr time blocks (understandable but nowhere on the site or in the brochure!). First this breaks our tight budget and secondly we don’t need 4 hours- the ceremony will be 15min max plus done photo time. NEXT the photographer I loved has gone up in price (but still worked with us) but the big problem is she can’t do the date we are shooting for. 🙁
I feel like I’m starting from scratch for something that was supposed to be so simple. Sorry I guess this is a vent. I know it will all work out. I love my Boyfriend or Best Friend, he’s great and the most important thing is I’m marrying him.
Post # 3
We had considered eloping but changed our minds because after researching it looked to be kind of troublesome! At least more trouble than what I wanted to deal with. We didn’t particularly want a courthouse wedding so we looked at possibly eloping in NYC or some place romantic like Vermont in the fall. It was kind of exhausting for me to attempt planning all the logistics so we gave up and are having a wedding, hah! There are moments I wish we had eloped though.
It sucks that your photographer has gone up . I had found my photographer like 2 years ago (long engagement) and I was so worried her rates would have gone up too, but luckily she is honoring her initial quote. Maybe you can ask if there is anyway they can honor what you originally were quoted?? As for the venue I feel like you should maybe just look for another place to get married. That would be a lot of money wasted for just 15 minutes of a 4-hr block. In the end all that matters is you’re marrying your love, but it is totally understandable that you want it to be beautiful!
Post # 4
@adoc86: yeah the photographer had shot up $300 . Though she did say should could meet us at just $100 above what she quoted last year. But the then scheduling became an issue. Sigh…
we have found an alternative location that will rent us a 2hr block at a reasonable rate. I do like it mainly because it has an indoor and outdoor space. It’s also great because its not a traditional venue. but for some reason I’m still thinking of place #1. I may call to see if they could make an exception for a two hour rental.
Post # 5
@luvmesumhim– oh yeah, the scheduling. I don’t know why I overlooked that in regard to the photographer. I do hope it works out for you!
Post # 6
We eloped to a Destination Wedding… just he 2 of us and our Officiant on the Beach saying our Vows (and the Photographer)
It was fantastic !!
Ya there were times I was concerned… especially doing my arrangements from so far away / sight unseen
But in the end it all worked out fantastically… and wasn’t very expensive
I suggest that you use GOOGLE to find out what is offered in the city / Destination you are looking at
Example… Getting Married in Myrtle Beach =OR= Officiants in Myrtle Beach
That sort of thing.
You’ll probably find someone who has a Website, and offers Packaged Services. Then it is just a matter of GOOGLING them for Reviews etc (or asking here on WBee)
Many Officiants / Services have connections (or packages) for all aspects… Locations, Photographers, Music, Flowers, Cake, A Wedding Meal… even Accommodations if you need em
We saved a ton of money that way…
For under $ 300 we got a nice Personalized Ceremoy – Location on the Beach – Bouquet & Bouts – Wedding Paperwork processed (signed and sent in for the Wedding Certificate) – Photographer for about a half hour – and 40+ Photos on a CD that we have full copyright to
Hope this helps,
PS… You haven’t told us WHERE exactly you are looking to get married (and it isn’t in your Profile) supplying that info might be helpful for Bees who’d want to give you some specific info / suggestions.