(Closed) Trying to pull together an elopement in 11 days. Realistic? Suggestions?

posted 7 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I live in Vegas- you can for sure pull it together here. Call a nice hotel and talk to the wedding planner- they will take care of everything. If you wanted to do it somewhere not in a hotel or chapel- google las vegas wedding wagon- they will go wherever you need to.

Good luck!

 

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

Check the marriage license rules per state. Nevada is popular because it is instantanious and does not require blood tests. Most states have a three date wait time and sometimes longer due to blood testing. I am not familiar with each state. Find states you like and see what is feasible. Mexico too but I think that is an even longer wait because it is international. As for vegas, well I live here I know it better than most other places. Most of the little chapels, some even go to Red Rock Canyon, they will pick you up from the hotel via limo, take you to the courthouse then to the chapel. There are a variety of packages dependent on what you want. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We eloped in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It is the second most popular elopement destination in the country. You just need your ID to get married and they give you your license right there when you apply. Its beautiful, and there are lots of choices for location. I can’t recommend it enough. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee

It’s super easy to get married in Las Vegas, you go let your license- pay the $60 and you can get married. Mexico is hard- we are having a destination wedding in Mexico and won’t have a legal ceremony- there are blood tests and waiting periods and all that jazz. We will be leagally married in Nevada before we leave.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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tonimariebride2be:  I can’t help you with wedding suggestions, but I just wanted to say I’m so sorry for the loss of your family members, especially and including the recent loss of your mom.  Good luck planning the elopement – it will be nice to have a happy celebration to focus on.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

I don’t know where on the east coast you are, but there is something just so romantic about a central park elopement. Since it’s just the two of you, and you have been through so many hardships, it might be possible that some vendors would donate their services to you. 

Also, you could have an officiant come to a remote location somewhere and you could have a really cool styled photo shoot like with a picnic or a fancy table for two.

There are some really cool elopement ideas on Pinterest. 

Good luck! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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tonimariebride2be:  Personally, I think your elopement in the national park setting in Vegas sounds BEAUTIFUL and it would be a dream wedding for me!! Just do some online research on officiants….a lot of times you can just “rent” one for an hour haha. Sometimes places will also have elopement packages that are a good deal and even include the officiant and a small photo session.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d probably go with Vegas because it would make your life easy. It’s something they do all the time! 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee

You could definitely pull off a quick elopement in Vegas, and I’m sure there are tons of hotels/chapels offering elopement packages if you call around.  If you pick a weekday to elope, you can save more money than by doing it on a weekend.  If you’re looking to take a honeymoon right after eloping, you’d be in a good location to go to some lovely natural parks.  For our honeymoon, we flew into Phoenix, rented a car, drove to Sedona (about 2 hours), drove to the Grand Canyon (another 2 hours), then drove to Vegas (4 hours), then flew out from Vegas at the end of the trip.  DH and I love the outdoors and it was the perfect trip for us.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Eloping in Vegas is the easiest and cheapest thino ever. We went with a campy, Elvis wedding chapel and it was so much fun. We got married at Graceland Wedding Chapel, which is where Bon Jovi got married. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

When my DH and I were looking for no-wait, elopement friendly states (wo going the courthouse route too) we found out that Vermont, Arizona, Nevada and California were the easiest.  My advice would be to decide with your soon to be husband if you want snow, desert views or what and then simply Google “all inclusive elopement package ______” and insert your destination of choice. Hire an “elopement planner” if you can so you only worry about getting your actual marriage license and then show up to your wedding. Our planner hired a MUA, officiant, delivered the bouquet and boutonnieres to the actual site on the day of and even recommended a small wedding cake baker. Oh I think we also had the choice of photographer and videographer.

Wherever you choose calculate to spend one day getting your license and the next day having your wedding so you’re not rushed. The 10 day window? Totally doable. Let us know what you decide and if you need any more help! 

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