(Closed) Private Wedding

posted 5 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

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Kertwink :  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.

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Post # 4
17 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
214 posts
Helper bee

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
228 posts
Helper bee

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
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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 # 9
92 posts
Worker bee

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Kertwink :  that sounds lovely. Who/where is your photographer?

Post # 10
6331 posts
Bee Keeper

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. 

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