Post # 1
We have been wedding planning off/on for the last 3 years. We have set the date twice and both times, weeks before, we had deaths in the immediate family that required our attention more than the medium sized event we had planned as a destination wedding. We lost three immediate family members within 12 months time. Fiance will not be able to take any more time off this calendar year because we have been out of town for a month settling my family’s affairs. So, we want to elope at the end of the month; on our way back to our home from out of town.
With zero offense intended, we do not want a courthouse wedding. I’m a social worker so courthouses can be part of my business and I can’t see myself being able to push aside some of the negative things I’ve seen at work for a marriage in a government setting. We also need quick and sort of cheap. I have paid/lost deposits/airfare/some printed stuff for the previous weddings and for the funerals/arrangements out of my savings and I’m down to very little left at this point. I know that leaves us with Vegas as a supercheap option. I was wondering if you guys know of any other intimate, all-inclusive locations where this could happen quickly.
We will be traveling across the country, anyway, so really all options are on the table. We like Vegas because we would have the option to get married in a National Park and we love the outdoors. We are currently on the East Coast now, though, and would welcome an all inclusive package here that’s worth whatever we have to pay. I know this is wide open and I don’t expect anyone to do this for me but your experience and suggestions are so welcomed right now. I’m still trying to manage a lot of stuff for my family plus tend to my own career stuff so my brain is a mess.
Thank you, in advance, for your help and information.
Edit: I really need it to be within February for insurance purposes if at all possible. We had planned to marry earlier this month but then, lost my Mom the last week of January, so my insurance coverage stopped on 1/31/15.
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Post # 2
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.
Post # 3
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
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
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
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 # 7
We got our elopement in Iceland together from start to finish in about 15 days.
I actually just found this on a google search, and depending where you are vs. flight costs- there is some really beautiful options here:
Post # 8
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.
Post # 9
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
I’d probably go with Vegas because it would make your life easy. It’s something they do all the time!
Post # 11
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
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
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!
Post # 14
Thank you, Will definitely check them out! Luckily, we had long since picked out rings, attire, etc so really it’s just the actual ceremony stuff that needs attention. I guess photography too. I really appreciate the support and the suggestion!
Post # 15
Thank you! That’s helpful to know, especially about the ease of getting the license in Nevada. My main concern now has turned to traveling with cats. It appears none of the big hotels allow cats. I found some La Quinta’s near the area that allow pets. Do you know any cat friendly hotels, by chance? My brain feels scrambled. Who would have thought my wedding night accomodations would be determined by who takes cats. Ha. 🙂