Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone has had a completely private wedding with just the bride, groom, photographer and officiant? That is our plan as we don’t want a big spectical, aren’t very close with our families and want to keep costs down. (We may have 2 others there but not sure yet)
Our plan is to get married at our Photographers Studio which btw is AMAZING. 2 Acres of property with beautiful lush gardens, a creek, small waterfall, amazing props including several cars, antiques, and 4 beautiful indoor areas all decorated with different themes. They have two dressing rooms so we can get ready there and have our first look, do first dance and even have a nice covered deck for a mini cocktail time in between ceremony and photos. After ceremony we will go for a romantic dinner alone and then rented a suite at a nice hotel for the night. Then we leave for our honeymoon to DR two days after the wedding.
Did your day feel special? What can we do to make it feel romantic and meaningful?
Post # 2
It was just us, the minister, a photographer, videographer, and the wedding consultant. (and some nice people nearby on the beach who applauded at the end).
We eloped to Jamaica, and it was great. We both had reasons to keep it small, my family is literally crazy and his is mostly immobile, and we did not want to pick and choose of our friends who could come and could not afford to pay any else’s way, so we asked to keep it just us (some friends wanted to surprise us and come too, but others could not afford it and that felt wrong). H is also very prone to social anxiety, and so having only strangers around made it easier on him.
It was a special day, which started for me with a hair and make up appointment, then the wedding and cake and photos, and then we had a sunset catamaran cruise, swam in a cave, and dinner at the end of the day.
We were able to focus on each other, our vows, and I’m glad we did it that way.
Post # 3
We did! It was magical and more perfect than I could ever imagine! We eloped at our favorite park which I originally wanted as our wedding venue, but their ballroom couldn’t accommodate the size of our wedding. I loved that we ended up getting married there, just the two of us, our officiant and photographer that we already booked for our now cancelled wedding. Your idea sounds amazing especially your photographer’s studio as the venue! It sounds like your pictures will be spectacular with all the different locations and props.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Post # 4
Me 😊 my then-fiance and I flew to Key West, looked up an officiant who also does photography (and planning etc if you want, but we didn’t), found out he was free on Wednesday, got me a hair appointment at a strip mall, and that was all the planning! It was just the three of us on the beach, and it was absolutely perfect. I couldn’t have planned anything more special. We both cried 😉
Post # 5
We are planning for just the two of us and a photographer. There are a couple places in the US that allow you to self-solemnize so that is what we are doing.
We haven’t decided if we want to get flowers or not. I haven’t decided if I’m getting my hair and makeup done or if I’ll just do it myself, same thing with the nails. I can paint them myself or get them done, I have no idea yet.
I do know that we are picking up a pie to cut/eat after we say our vows and I imagine that we will go somewhere to eat dinner but we don’t really do “fancy” so it might just be a pizza place we’ve never been to before.
Whatever we end up doing will be special and romantic because Fi and I are together and GETTING MARRIED and having fun in a new location. I’m trying not to sweat the details.
Post # 6
Honestly I think this is such a beautiful and intimate idea. My husband and I (though we had a beautiful wedding and I wouldn’t want to change a thing!) were kind of pressured into having a bigger wedding. A small intimate one like this would have probably been more “us”. An intimate one like the wedding you’ve planned sounds less stressful, It’s gonna be romantic and meaningful no matter what bee! Good luck and congrats! 🙂
Post # 7
We also did it because may of our friends, even ones with “small” weddings, said they had no time to enjoy it, and instead spent all their time shaking hands and talking to guests. Many brides did not even get to eat!
Post # 8
You pics look amazing and you both look like you’re soaking in every moment! Congrats!
We initially planned a destination wedding but communication between Riu Weddings Head Office, th hotel wedding cordinator and the photographer was a huge pain but glad it worked out for you.
Post # 9
that sounds lovely. Who/where is your photographer?
Post # 10
We did something very similar! Our private ceremony consisted of us two, officiant, photographer, and the building manager who acted as our second witness. It was special because we got married! We did have an upscale lunch and dinner that day. We also had a special wedding cake for ourselves.