Organizing a wedding is not only a huge task, but it is also a very nerve-wracking one, no matter how much you wait for this day. The pressure is constant, and it seems that more plans fail than succeed and new problems arise every day. In order to prevent that stress and pressure, but still have a day of your own, you could organize a surprise wedding party. Yes, that means that you will be inviting everyone you know, but they will not know they are coming to your wedding party. So, how to pull it off and make it very successful?
Limit your guest list
The first thing you need to do is make a guest list. Since people will not know it is your wedding, you might want to skip those who you are not very often in touch with as they will understand that something is going on. You want to focus on the ones that are very dear to you and people you hear from very often. After all, it is not important to have a big wedding – a more intimate one that only your loved ones will attend is even more beautiful.
Cover it up with another event
So, if you want everyone to come to your secret wedding party, you will need to invite them. However, since you don’t want to risk someone telling you they don’t want to come or putting something else as a priority over your wedding, you need to create a cover event. This could either be a birthday celebration, an anniversary or something similar. Think of the latest biggest event in the lives of one of the two of you and “celebrate” it.
Save time on shopping
Your secret wedding will require plenty of things to be bought, starting from the food and drinks, to the bigger things such as the attire and the wedding rings. Since you want to do this so that nobody else realizes it, it would be good to buy certain things online, as it will save you time and sometimes even some extra cash. This is why it is very advisable to buy beautiful wedding rings online, as you only get to choose what kind of ring you want and the size and have them delivered to your home address. Apart from that, you can also order flowers and catering without actually going there for it. Even though it doesn’t seem like a nuisance now, you will be grateful you ordered everything online once the wedding date gets closer.
You need to tell someone
Bear in mind that there will be people who will have to know about your secret wedding. First of all, there is the person who will be marrying the two of you, and perhaps your best man and maid of honor (but you can pull this off without them knowing as well). The people who live far away and you would like them to attend have the right to know what they are buying their plane tickets for, so make sure to give them a hint that something serious is happening. Also, people who have difficulties coming due to business, personal or health reasons (or age – for example if you want your very old gramma to show up) should also know about the wedding as well.
And now the best part apart from your vows – the moment when you will tell your guests that all of this is just a surprise wedding ceremony. Just imagine the looks on their faces! This would be a huge shame to miss, so it would be good to hire a photographer who will mingle and document with his camera how people reacted when they found out. You can also book two (an even better option) – one for taking photographs of the people’s faces, and the other one to record the video of the whole process. Wedding photography is quite important so it would be good to have some amazing ideas or find a photographer who does.
Organizing a surprise wedding is such a great and original idea! Not only will you be giving your guests something to talk about for many years to come by creating amazing new memories, but you will also make sure that all the present people are the ones who you value the most. Have a great surprise wedding and good luck!
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Claire Hastings is a wanderer and a writer. She writes as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat.
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