Have you ever thought of throwing out all the conventional ideas of a ceremony and instead have a surprise wedding? Well, you are not alone. This is a trend that has been catching on with new couples that have a spice for life and want to do things differently. Also, a surprise wedding can cut down on costs and the stress of a traditional event and now you can splurge on the engagement party, because after all, it's now the main event! Things to keep in mind when planning a surprise wedding:
1. Not everyone will make it
You will have to be okay having some guests not being able to make it because of prior commitments. Generally engagement parties are not planned well in advance so if you want to keep the secret, you will have to go with the flow on this one. Expect some people to be disappointed but that's how it goes with a surprise wedding!
2. Remember, it's a secret!
This is probably going to be the hardest part of the whole process. Nothing is worse than a half kept secret, especially for this type of event. If you are the type that loves to talk and will want to share ideas with your friends for the wedding, then this is not the route to go. That being said, you will have to let a few people in on the secret so make sure they are trustworthy and reliable.
3. Let Out of Country People Know
This one is hard because you want to keep it a secret, but you also want to let your friends and family living abroad know. Nothing is worse than finding out your best friend got married through Facebook. If you think they might make the trip, then it's your call to tell them!
4. Minimal Decor
Nothing gives away a surprise wedding like a fancy archway or a ten layer cake! When it comes to the decor, you are going to have to keep it to a minimum so the guests are surprised when the announcement is made. Instead, splurge on an open bar or your dress, so that the there are no hints to what is actually going on.
5. The Cue
This might be the most important aspect of a surprise wedding. It's easy to get swept up in the excitement and forget to have an actual cue that isn't just "thumbs up" or "tucking the hair behind your ear", you don't want to be standing in your wedding dress tucked away from the party anxiously waiting while cues are being missed. Plan to have something solid set up so that it is clear and concise when the ceremony is to begin and everyone is ready.
Good luck and happy planning! Xo Calie & Sarina