The Pros and Cons of Throwing a Surprise Wedding

March 10th, 2014

The new trend in Hollywood is the surprise wedding. Celebrities invite their nearest and dearest over under the guise of a birthday party or dinner party, and then shock everyone present by getting married.

The trend may have started in Hollywood, but there is no reason that you can’t pull it off, too.

Surprise weddings aren’t just for avoiding the paparazzi; there are many benefits to making your nuptials a last-minute surprise.

Check out some of the pros and cons of throwing a surprise wedding.

The Pros

One of the major benefits of a surprise wedding is that you can avoid answering a million questions from well-meaning people who want to know all the details of your wedding.

You don’t have to participate in endless chitchat about wedding details when you are feeling too stressed out to handle it.

You also don’t have to run the guest list by all the parents or debate the seating chart with your grandma or defend your choice of bridesmaid dresses. Keeping the event secret may add a bit of a challenge, but it eliminates many sources of stress, as well.

Another advantage of a surprise wedding is that you can keep it more low-key and casual. No one will be expecting a formal affair.

The fact that you are actually getting married will be the focal point of the evening, so you won’t have the pressure of providing an elaborate event. You can keep it more informal and focus on the event instead of the food or decorations.

You can save a lot of money by making your wedding a surprise, too. You don’t need to send out save-the-date cards or even invitations.

You don’t need a formal reception or fancy five-course dinner. You don’t need to decorate a ceremony venue in addition to a reception venue.

If you want an intimate ceremony that is focused on sharing your love with your family and friends, a surprise wedding could be a great choice for you.

The Cons

Before you start planning a surprise wedding, remember that there are a few drawbacks, too. First of all, you might not receive gifts.

Obviously, you can’t create a wedding registry if your wedding will be a surprise. If guests think they are coming to a dinner party, they aren’t likely to arrive with a glass vase from Crate & Barrel or silver service.

Some guests may be kind enough to send a gift after the surprise wedding, but you shouldn’t count on it. If you already have an established home and don’t need dishes or towels, this may actually be a good thing.

If you have a surprise wedding, you won’t get to celebrate with other pre-wedding parties, like showers or bachelorette parties.

Typically, you would have an engagement party, wedding shower, bachelorette party, and possibly a bridesmaids’ luncheon.

When the wedding is a surprise, you’ll miss out on those parties. If you don’t want a big to do, this could be a great option for you.

The final drawback to a surprise wedding is that some of your older guests just might not get it, particularly parents or grandparents.

Guests may not make it a major priority to attend a dinner party, but they would place more importance on the date if they knew that it was a wedding.

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