Just the Two of You

A wedding for just the couple is not necessarily an elopement if you think of it as wedding without the guests.

A ceremony for just the two of them at Harmony Gardens

This is becoming more popular today for many reasons. It is NOT because one’s family disapproves of the marriage. It is NOT because you are selfish or uncaring.

Instead, it could be because you may not want to go through a year of planning, or stress, or you may want to save the expense. It could be because wedding planning sometimes becomes about things other than the couple and their values.

In response to those feelings some couples are planning to marry without guests present, but still choosing a photographer, wedding gown, and other beautiful details, creating the wedding they envision.

Elopement used to imply running away. For a wedding planned for just the two of you, you are consciously choosing where you want to go and how you want to do it. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to have a ceremony in the style you want, to say the important things you wish to say, without having to compromise your beliefs for the sake of your family.

It can sometimes be hurtful to tell your mother, father, or grandparent, that you do not wish to be married in the same traditional they did, in the way they always envisioned you would.

A private but meaningful ceremony, followed by a lovely dinner, or honeymoon at a lovely hotel, resort, spa, beach, or B&B could be just perfect.

A Costa Rica wedding for two

The New York Times wrote about this recently, and I was pleased to see it, because it’s something I’ve been saying, and doing, for years. I’ve had many couples come to Harmony Gardens and have a fantastic ceremony, complete with gown, tux, and photos – for just the two of them. To paraphrase Sinatra: they did it their way!

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