(Closed) Registry+Restaurant b4 elope?

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
1186 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t understand your post.  Is “Registry Office” the place where you get legally married by a government official? 

How does that tie into the Cook Islands idea?  And you didn’t explain the restaurant part.

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

It kind of seems like you’re trying to have your cake and eat it too. You either get married during 2012 with family & friends, or you get married in the Cook Islands next August.

Why don’t you do your registry office wedding and restaurant celebration like you’re planning, and then take the Cook Islands trip as a delayed honeymoon/anniversary celebration next summer? You could certainly bring your gown and get some professional pictures on the trip.

Post # 5
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am thinking the registry office is the legal marriage part.

How about having a celebration party or anniversary party later on?  Generally people feel that getting married, then doing the whole wedding over (with the dress, bridesmaids, first dance, cake,etc) is kind of like a show.  I do know in Europe that generally you get married legally then have a church/religious wedding with the whole works later.  That is normal in some European places, but not generally in the US.

I think as long as people know you already are married when you through your shebang, and don’t hide the legal fact, then that is good.  However, it might feel a little after the fact I think.  That’s why I suggested an anniversary or celebration party, rather than a vow renewal reception.

I do feel you get one big day, so make it everything you want (within your power) for your one big day.

Post # 7
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

There is nothing wrong with having a registry wedding with family and friends and a restaurant reception/dinner following and then having a vow renewal in the CI’s with just you and your husband.



Post # 8
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

How does your family/friends feel if you did a white wedding 5 years later? 

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