Post # 1
Hi bees, I’m newly engaged and considering eloping in the capitol builying. I’m concerned about what we would do after our quick ceremony. Do any of you have suggestions on how to make our elopement special? I’ve seen elopement packages advertised locally that include the ceremony. Should we purchase one of those and just wed elsewhere and use the package for the dinner, cake and photos? What did/are you doing after your elopement ceremony? Thanks!
Post # 2
adbee: i didn’t elope but I would make a reservation at a fancy restaurant, are you having a photographer? Are you eloping in your hometown or going OOT? if so, I would look up romantic things to do wherever it is that you are going
Post # 3
I thought the point of elopement was to have something quick and simple without the frills, putting the most emphasis on marrying and marriage. If I were to elope, I would do it while I was on vacation OR I would book a flight immediately after getting married to enjoy the company of my husband. Are you sure elopement is what you want or are you doing it for practical reasons? I ask because the packages you’re suggesting just sound like mini-weddings. What would make the day more special to you?
Post # 4
Daizy914: hi! If we choose the capitol building as our venue it would be our hometown. We will be hiring a photographer. That’s a good suggestion. I will look into some ideas locally. I’m not sure how romantic my town is though!
Post # 5
lightchaser: Hi! We are actually considering eloping at an all inclusive resort as well. I have only been engaged for 2 weeks so we are in the very early stages of planning. Your feedback is appreciated, I guess I’m still trying to figure out what we want!
Post # 6
Definitely 100% get someone to take a lot of pictures. This will be very important to the people who want to share in your special day.
Post # 7
I would pick a beautiful location to go take wedding pictures either before or after. Then that night have a romantic dinner. And if I could afford it go on a honeymoon the next day 🙂 I’m considering eloping as well. Or having only 10 or so guests. Something super small but with amazing pictures. Then all the money saved will go to the honeymoon!
Post # 8
adbee: That would be so much fun! I would vote for that route! I know people who have done it both ways.
My cousin eloped at her local courthouse and sent announcements afterwards. She doesn’t say she regrets it, but she gave in and had a wedding reception a few months later (which she originally didn’t plan on), so I think she probably felt like it was underwhelming.
My other cousin eloped in Jamaica and still talks about her wedding years later. The one who eloped locally doesn’t really ever talk about that day, so I’m not sure if it’s indicative of the day or just her personality, TBH.
Post # 9
We had a photograper who also recorded our ceremony.
We had our honeymoon at the resort where we married as well.
Have a photographer present, make a dinner reservation and stay in a lovely hotel for a few days.
Post # 10
We did JOP (and wiht immediate family in attendance), but we had a really nice brunch afterwards with everyone. We also had a photographer who followed us around for a couple hours (in my dress and everything), and since we were getting married in our hometown and it felt a little anticlimactic to just go back home, we splurged a little on a nice hotel room for the wedding night (and our first dinner together as man and wife was Five Guys burgers, a six-pack, and a carton of ice-cream 🙂 )My friend who eloped hired a private chef for herself and her Darling Husband (they’re foodies) and had their very own 12-course meal prepared for them.
I’ve seem some awesome videos online of couples who’ve made a day of doing all the “wedding things” just by themselves–they go out and pick up her bouquet; choose a little cake; they bring an iPod and share a ‘first dance’ alone in the park together, etc. Go ahead and search out JOP/courthouse ceremony videos on the blog and see what inspires you!
Post # 11
I am eloping to NOLA and we are taking a carriage ride then going out to a very nice dinner. After that we plan to head out to party the night away. We are going alone so when we return from our honeymoon we are having a celebration dinner with our family and close friends to show them pictures and tell them about the trip.
We did not go with an elopent package because I found better deals setting it up myself.
ETA: we have also hired photographer to stay with us the whole day. Our wedding will be on a Thursday so we got fantastic deals from several of our venders. A weekday wedding was 1/4 the price of what the weekend would have been.
Post # 12
We eloped to a coastal town about 3 hours away from our hometown. We stayed a lovely little B&B for a couple of nights (we were seeing a concert in the coastal town the first night). Our actual ceremony was on a sailboat and included a 2 hour sailing tour. Afterwards, we were picked up by a decorated pedicab, and taken on a mini-tour of the historic downtown area. We were dropped off at a fancy restaurant for our wedding dinner. It was all lovely and romantic. We had a wonderful time and absolutely no regrets.
Post # 13
These all sound like such beautiful ways to start off your marriage. Thanks for the ideas!
Post # 14
Did you do an engagement session? If not then maybe hire the photographer for a extended period of time after the ceremony to make it into a photoshoot? It’s it like everyday you get to dress up. Maybe take this chance and take pictures at somewhere special to you both?
Post # 15
We plan to elope next year. We will be legally married at the registry office, then have an outdoor ceremony with just our parents (we wont be telling our parents until a few days before the day)
Me and my fiance will then go for a fun day out, on a rowing boat on lake, playing on swings and roundabouts in a park, a walk on the beach, that kind of thing (we will hire a photogrpher for the afternoon). We will stay in a b&b for the night, then go home the next day to get ready to set sail on our honeymoon cruise to Iceland!! I cant wait!!!!