(Closed) Need advice on eloping!!!

posted 4 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
46899 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Lakeside003:  Sounds wonderful.



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Post # 3
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Backyard

That sounds amazing! I love the idea of eloping. My advice is to not let anyone sway you out of guilt. If this is what you truly want, they will just have to understand. I would suggest having a thorough plan with Fiance before telling people and approaching it together. People will probably be against the idea at first, but all you can do is let them know that this is what YOU want. I love the idea of having a party when you get back. Hell, you can still have a bridal table with your “bridesmaids” if you still wish. This is your wedding and you can do whatever makes you happy. After all, everyone else will forget the little things anyway, it’s you that will have to live with this day for the rest of your life, so do what makes you happy! Good luck!

Post # 4
8845 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Lakeside003:  Be careful with planning a wedding off a cruise ship. If for some reason the ship cannot dock, which does happen often especially with Alaskan cruises due to fog and other weather, then you will miss your own wedding and most non-cruiseline shore excursions are not refundable. Just something to consider when planning.

Good luck but just make sure you won’t regret eloping. There are a lot of posts on here where brides want a do over because they regret their original choice. 

Post # 5
2092 posts
Buzzing bee

We will be eloping probably to Vegas, and are planning on having a reception type party for friends after the fact.

I have been in contact with a photographer there who gave a lot of great information on who I could contact to get what I wanted out of my elopement. Perhaps you could try talking to someone local, who can have recommendations

Post # 8
7983 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Small ceremony and small dinner cruise sounds like a nice idea. You’ll still be able to include the most important people but still keep it intimate.

If you already have those plans, though, why would you need to take fancy wedding pictures in Alaska? You could take your official pictures at your actual events while still keeping it simple, and it will be more meaningful than recreating in Alaska. You’ll have more important stuff to do once you’re in Alaska ;). I’m sure you can still take your usual tourist pictures when you’re in Alaska anyway.

Post # 9
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Lakeside003:  although it’s not in Alaska, you should look into Banff National Park in Canada. It’s absolutely gorgeous and might be a better destination than Alaska. are you sure this is what you want?  I remember a lot of your posts were all about your lakeside wedding and how excited you are for it. Don’t let your friends drama ruin your wedding for you.

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