(Closed) NYC Wedding vs. Elopement—but to where? Take me away.

posted 5 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@vintagebride143:  Think about what you want from ‘magical’. Do you want beaches (St Lucia), history (Scotland), mountains (Colorado) etc etc… 

Post # 4
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

We eloped to Antigua. They can do a same day wedding – license in the morning, get the marriage officer assigned, tell them when and where, and you can be married that day, wherever on the island you choose. They actually don’t do them in the courthouse anymore, but it’s cool – in Antigua, the matrimonial mountain comes to Mohammad.

We got married at the inn we were staying at with the Inn Keeper and his wife volunteering to be witnesses and photographers (also arranged on the day). We were driven to Jabberwock Beach after the ceremony and swam in our wedding clothes (mine was technically a €5 nightgown). 

Totally our style (no Vegas for us, thanks), totally more than we hoped for, and all over the course of a long weekend (we live in Europe). The whole shebang, including round-trip flights from Europe, inn stay, legal stuff (the official cert and copies were ready the next morning for pick-up), entertainment on the island, photos etc. all under €2,000 ($2,500-ish?). Not to everyone’s taste, I know (pro-photos are non-negotiable for many people) but I wouldn’t change an instant or a single detail of it.

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