(Closed) The Stealth Wedding: Saying ‘I do’ in a Public Space

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Haha they did this in The Vow!

Post # 4
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Lol this is funny

Post # 5
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think if you just wanted a really casual, small ceremony, this would be neat. But it’d be awfully hard to get past the admission attendant in a dress and tux, and a lot of museums and the like don’t allow flash photography due to it harming the exhibits, so you also wouldn’t really be able to get pictures unless there was a lot of natural light.


It’s a shame, though, because the place I’d like to get married someday (Philbrook Museum) is REALLY, REALLY pricey. You have to make something like a $10,000 donation to the museum to even get the RIGHT to pay to reserve the space. C’est la vie…


Post # 6
567 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow are you serious? People actually get away with it. I m just dumb founded. I would be so scared

Post # 7
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 1997

LOL, I have done these types of ceremonies. They are a little risky because of the chance the couple will recieve a ticket or bill from the location. But none of the couples I have married in these types of places have been caught.


Post # 8
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We did this!  

Darling Husband and I eloped to Niagara-On-The-lake (wine country in Canada) and we didn’t want to pay for a venue for just the two of us (you can’t get married in a courthouse in Canada)… so our photog suggested an historic theatre down the street from our hotel.

It was amazing!  Our officiant was waiting for us there at the pre-arranged time, and as we walked to the spot a crowd of people started following us.  As we started the ceremony, a BUS tour actually stopped in the street, and people got out and started taking pictures!  We literally stopped traffic!  

Afterwards we handed out Dixie cups in our wedding colours, and shared the champagne we had brought along in a tote bag.  We ended up with about 100 people gathered there.

Post # 9
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I had a friend that kinda had to do that. She got married in the shared backyard of two rental houses on a lake nearby. But when the people asked why she was renting the house, she had to tell them it was a BBQ, because it was park property, and they charged for and had to cater weddings on the property. She figured they wouldn’t sneak into the backyard just to make sure, and she was right, it went perfectly!

Post # 11
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MissNoodles:  That is FANTASTIC! So romantic, I love it.

Post # 12
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I love the idea as long as you’re doing it in a respectful place like museum, history center, etc.

I think my line in the sand is drawn at the Alamo, indian burial grounds or anywhere that would be disrespectful.

It seems like a flash mob almost -love it!

Post # 14
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We’re kind of doing that, but a little less stealth. We’re going to a State Park and doing a quicky ceremony in the field before we get kicked out by park rangers. The park is 550 acres so hopefully we’ll be far enough from anyone to notice what’s going on. We may sneak in a little champagne too Innocent

Post # 15
8438 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I guess I am in the minority but I don’t think it is the right thing to do. Some of the places mentioned even though State owned are in the business of making money- not for profit but to protect and celebrate culture and art. It feels really wrong to me to abuse that. There are reasons why things like weddings are limited and expensive in these places- because artifacts/works/infrastructure are expensive to purchase and maintain and are awfully hard to perserve. It would be so easy for this to get out of hand (people climbing on exhibits for great photos which damages them, people running through facitlites to escape etc).

Would people do this at a more traditional wedding venue (as in sneak into a chapel for a quick wedding whilst no one was around)? To me it is the same thing.

More money in the coffers of museums/public art galleries/state parks etc is a good thing in my opinion.

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