(Closed) What "traditional" wedding things did you do along with eloping?

posted 8 years ago in Elopement
Post # 16
27 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

We got married in Vegas at a chapel.  It was a combination of non-traditional and very traditional.

He asked my parents for my hand in marriage before we were engaged.

We told close friends and family and a few invited themselves so we had 12 guests. 

I had a spa day with my future Mother-In-Law and SIL.

I had a boquet.

We exchanged rings.

The chapel arranged a first look service which was awesome and he cried when he saw me in my dress.

We had dinner with our guests at a restaurant and had wedding cake served as desert.

I wore an ivory gown.

We had photographs taken.

The chapel did a unity candle lighting during the ceremony.

We didn’t have a registry or a shower but we did receive a few gifts.




Post # 17
547 posts
Busy bee

I want to do the old new borrowed blue thing. And my friend offered to make me a bouquet. We got wedding rings. Aside from that I can’t really think of anything. It’s planned for a Thursday night, I’m wearing an old dress from my closet, another couple asked if they could tag along and get married too, we have no photographer, and it’s not much of an elopement anymore because people from the town found out and so I’m pretty sure a bunch of random people are going to show up (small town, lol!) But whatever- maybe someone will bring food! My only disappointment is that I checked the weather and it’s supposed to be gross and rainy that day.

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Bette_Noire:  your wedding sounds so cool!

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Post # 18
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016 - State Park

I’m still going to have the white wedding dress and a bouquet. 

We are doing ring exchange and either a sand ceremony or unity candle. 

We are going cut the cake.

Whether he knows it or not we are having a first dance. 

We may or may not do a carriage ride afterwards.

Then after ceremony we will be having a BBQ at our house for just his immediate family (not close to mine).

Post # 19
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

Buy a set of champagne flutes and write out a toast to give to each other while drinking a glass of bubbly during dinner.  

I would definitely wear a garter- I much prefer the idea of giving it to my husband rather than tossing it to one of his college friends anyway.  

Post # 20
2850 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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I wore a gown and we had flowers for each of us. 

Post # 21
2011 posts
Buzzing bee

Not married yet but I want to do a lot of the traditional things, pretty much just like a private wedding for two. (except we won’t get married in a church.) 

I’d like:

-the dress, jewelry, veil (I will probably do this fairly budget though). I want to do the dress shopping with my mom too, so she feels like she is involved. 


-old, new, borrowed, blue


-meal (this is huge for me, I really want a long meandering many course meal after we get married)


I like the idea of sending out announcements but I haven’t really decided. If I do it, I will do the design myself and order them online for a cheap price.

Things I won’t have: wedding party, registry, band, dancing, bridal shower, engagement party, decor, large venue, I will do hair and makeup myself, etc. 

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