Post # 1
Fiance and I are in the early planning stages, and right now we have EVERY option on the table. He initially thought we could do a JOP elopement, while also talking about our first dance song and who he’s going to have as a best man and all of this….? So clearly we have no idea yet what we want! 😛
I have often thought that a brunch wedding would be a ton of fun. As he puts it, “Everything about our relationship can be summed up in breakfast.” We also have more “usual” options in mind, like a normal wedding and reception in the afternoon, or even doing a very small amount of guests and getting married like on a Disney Cruise or something.
Question is this: If we were to do a JOP elopement with just the two of us, or if we did a brunch wedding and reception, there is obviously time left over in the day after the wedding or the brunch wedding and reception are over. What do people do with that additional time in their wedding day? (Bonus points if you’ve been-there-done-that! 😉 )
Post # 2
So I can’t speak with much authority as I haven’t been there but I do love that US weddings are shorter. In the UK they are 8-12 hour days. I think being “on duty” for that long might drive me a bit nuts.
If I was fortunate enough to have a brunch wedding I’d embrace the exit “going away” outfit and go for a special dinner just the two of us. Maybe a theatre show (I’m a theatre person). And it would give us the opportunity to travel to our honeymoon too. Lots of ideas really. Not a proper plan. But I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules.
Post # 3
We had a brunch wedding. Afterwards we had drinks and hung out with immediate family at the hotel and had pizza for dinner in our hotel room. We had a flight at the crack of dawn and the day was exhausting so there is no way we would have wanted to do anything big.
Post # 4
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
My wedding was in the morning, then we did an hour of photos and had a brunch reception. It was immediate family and a couple friends so about 20 people total. It was a destination wedding in Manhattan and after brunch, some headed home and some of us went back to our hotels for a nap and then met up later for dinner and sight seeing. It was an early morning for us (up at 3:30am) so that nap was necessary! lol
Are there any cool landmarks or attractions in the area that it might be nice to explore with your guests? Maybe have a dinner or happy hour later if it makes sense for your guests (depending if they travelled to be there and have a place to stay in between). You don’t necessarily need to do anything after your reception, though!
Post # 5
Wow, you ladies all have great ideas!! I love all of them. 🙂
What about for a courthouse elopement? I know a lot of people will still splurge on attire, rings, and photographer, and then after depart immediately for a honeymoon, but if we go this route, it’ll be because we REALLY can’t afford anything else, including a honeymoon. (Budget will be based on a lot of factors and is completely up in the air right now!) I just really don’t want the day to be anti-climactic, you know? I guess that’s my big aversion to doing a “beautified” courthouse elopement…. like I don’t want to do all that ***AND THEN*** have the usual arguement about where to eat dinner! xD
Post # 6
Go out to eat with your new hubby. We had a brunchy wedding and immediately left and drove 3 hours to a resort where we stayed 2 days before flying out on our honeymoon. The plan was to get dinner at the nice resort restaurant but we ended up not having the time. So we ate Mcdonalds! Lol as silly as it sounds, it was still fun. I had changed into a white shorter dress after our reception but obviously my hair & makeup was still done when we went in & ate. It wasn’t expensive but it was good memories because it was the day we got married! Go eat somewhere together, just the two of you, doesn’t have to be super expensive. Also, just have some time to yourselves. Take a nice bubblebath together, have some really good wedding night sex, whatever.
Post # 7
My tentative plan is get married at the courthouse with just my daughter, take pics, probably go to dinner, and then he and I head over to the nearest big city, hotel for the night, and then fly away on honeymoon! However that’s just my abstract idea for now.