Elopements vs Courthouse Weddings for the Military Bride
Having been a military spouse myself now for almost three years and being around other military couples daily, there’s one thing that I see most frequently.
Courthouse weddings with the dream of having a big wedding later.
The heartbreaking reality…
Most couples often times aren’t actually able to make their big wedding dream come true. Life gets too busy. Deployment happens. Getting stationed somewhere new. Not enough funds to do it.
It TRULY breaks my heart to see so many military couples have to go through with having a courthouse wedding instead of having something that’s just for them! Something that’s beautiful, holds so much meaning, and can be more special than a cold impersonal courthouse!
But there IS another option that still requires little planning, can be done at the drop of a hat if need be, and is beautiful + personalized just for you!
That’s what I want to share with you today! So you can see the different between elopements vs courthouse weddings and so you can make the best decision for you!
Elopements vs Courthouse Weddings
The Benefits of Having an Elopement
The most beautiful thing about elopements vs courthouse weddings is that you can:
- Choose where YOU want to do your elopement.
- Completely customize how YOU want to do your elopement.
- Incorporate pieces into it that mean something to both of you to personalize it and make it your own.
You’re not stuck getting married in a cold, impersonal, undecorated room or office.
Elopements take the same amount of time and planning as a courthouse wedding BUT you can make it completely personalized to who you are together as a couple!
The other amazing thing about elopements vs courthouse weddings is that you can do it JUST as quickly as you would a courthouse wedding. Which is PERFECT for you military brides!
The only things you really need for an elopement are:
- A wedding officiant or justice of the peace. (Getting married on base? A Navy Chaplain can do it for free!)
- Your marriage license.
- Two witnesses.
- A photographer!
- Your wedding attire and accessories.
- A bouquet if you want one.
That’s it! Sweet, simple, and it is completely your own!
Do you want your immediate family and closest friends to be there with you?
No worries! There’s no need to do anything extra to have them come along! You can still keep it super sweet and simple but you’ll be able to celebrate it together! No need to worry about planning a full wedding even if you have guests there.
I want you to close your eyes and visualize your elopement with me!
Think about you and your fiancé at the beautiful location you’ve chosen to get married at!
Maybe it’s your favorite National Park that you both love to explore with the sweeping views all around you, the birds are chirping, and the wind is brushing through the trees as you say your handwritten vows to each other.
Maybe it’s your favorite beach with the ocean behind you and you can hear the sounds of the waves crashing as you share your first kiss as husband and wife!
Visualize the happiness, peacefulness, and love that you feel in that moment! In the moment that you say your vows to each other, that you share your first kiss, and when you share your first dance together in one of your favorite places!
Isn’t it beautiful! Isn’t it the perfect way you want to start your new life together!
I think so too!!!
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