(Closed) Trying to convince him to elope

posted 7 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
1844 posts
Buzzing bee

This is totally just my opinion and feel free to dissagree. Wedding Ceremonys are not actually put on for the bride and groom. To get married all you really NEED is a bride, a groom, a couple of close friends to witness, and a judge. done.

Weddings are put on for the family.

That being said. What do you parents think about the whole eloping thing? Would his grandparents be crushed not to be there? I know that none of these things should matter but lets face it, they do. My Darling Husband and I did a little tiny little civil ceremony at the court house with just us and some close friends. It was perfect for us, but we knew that our famlies want to be involved so this august we are going to do a ‘wedding’ which involves nothing more than a giant picnic for our friends and famlies, I will wear a pretty dress, and we will dance around. thats it. It is still a ‘wedding’ and famiyl friends will be included, but all of the stress and anxiety is overwith becuase we are allready married. heck i probably don’t even have to say more than ‘I do” in the ceremony if I want it that way.

there are always ways to compromise. best of luck.

Post # 4
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Can you compromise and do a Destination Wedding for close family only?

Post # 5
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

what about eloping but after you come home you have a party reception?

Post # 9
2747 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would recommend a destination wedding.  We did NOT want a giant party but would still like our closest family and friends there.  Our guest list is about 30.

Can you BOTH compromise? Having a very intimate affair vs eloping/giant party?

Post # 10
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m going through your situation on a less drastic scale. I wanted a small wedding, he wanted to invite the whole dang county. We sorta compromised. We’re having what I’d consider a semi-DW that was supposed to be smaller, but really has a 200 person guest list, and a later reception with a guest list of over 400. Just thinking about it makes me want to puke. I guess ultimately I just gave in, because he feels that all of these people had an important role in his life to this point, and he can’t imagine not inviting them to this.

It sounds like one or the other of you is going to have to reassess what you’ll be happy with for a wedding.

Post # 11
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Future_Ms.Bostonceltics:  I can relate, as I too am shy and deal with anxiety. My FH and I started planning our wedding not long after we got engaged at the end of last summer. I wanted to elope because the thought of all eyes on “THE bride!” on the wedding day scares the living daylights out of me, even if we’d be surrounded by family and friends. Also, I would rather we save the wedding money for the down payment on our future home.

My FH wanted more than an elopement. He too had the argument that it’s our only wedding, so he wanted a party/celebration. I agree with globalmargaret, that “weddings are put on for the family.” Eventually we compromised and this is why we agreed to move forward with having a wedding. It would be one of the few times, possibly only, that our families would all be together for us.. on “our special day.” It’s relatively small (100 guests) so I figure I can suck it up and try to be social for a few hours. We are not doing a lot of the typical wedding things: no engagement party, no bridal shower, no bouquet/garter toss, no bridal party, and no cake. We’re trying to do this as low key and casual as we can, while having fun – basically it’s going to be a brunch where we happen to get married. 

If your SO has zero family in the area and only his mother would be able to attend, it sounds like… he just wants to throw a party? He can have all of that with a small wedding, or even a destination wedding. Actually, a destination wedding seems to be the happy medium. It would weed out a lot of ppeople and (hopefully) keep the guest list small enough that the people who would be there would really want to be there, and hopefully you would be okay with their presence. And with a destination wedding, your SO would have the opportunity to party with the people who made the effort to be there for the both of you. 

Have you two sat down to list the pros and cons of your wedding options?


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