Wedding Trend: The Surprise Wedding
Who doesn’t love a good surprise party? From balloons and cake to catching up with old friends, surprise parties are always worth going to. But what if one of the most important days of your life turned into a surprise wedding for all your friends and family? Surprise weddings have become popularized over the decades by celebrities like John F. Kennedy, Julia Roberts, Mark Zuckerberg and most recently, former Bachelorette Emily Maynard. This is how surprise parties work: guests arrive at a location that they believe is a birthday or engagement party, or a simple get together, only to find that two of their love ones are getting married. While it all sounds like glitz, glamour and fun, surprise weddings can be hard to organize and execute. Having a wedding planner can help your suprirse wedding run smoothly and keep you stress free. Katherine Wrenn, the owner and lead designer of Posh Event Planning gives Weddings Magazine the expert advice on what it takes to have a successful surprise wedding.
It’s A Party
Be sure that you will have the adequate amount of guests at your wedding by having a convincing cover story. A small turnout may dim the surprise element. Katherine Wrenn suggests coinciding your surprise wedding “with an important life event to make it a believable idea…big enough that key/important people in your life would not opt to skip the party”. An event that requires the same dress code as a wedding is a great way to ensure that guests will arrive in the appropriate attire.
Setting the Stage
As guests arrive to your surprise wedding, they should not be suspicious of the setting. Katherine reminds us not to use typical wedding decor such as aisles and alters. “It is always easier to pull off if you keep it casual…that may also end up much less expensive” Katherine says. Choosing your backyard or a close relatives home (one who is sure to keep a secret) is the best choice when choosing a venue for your wedding. Having a few items delivered ahead of your wedding day will help keep the secret within a small group. To assure that there are no negative reactions on your wedding day, the bride and groom should let parents and grandparents know ahead of time of the big surprise.
Make It Your Own
A surprise wedding is truly a unique event. Make it your own by having fun, adding your own personal touch and creating an inviting environment. As a fun transition from party to wedding Katherine suggests you and your wedding party mingle with guests in casual attire for the cover occasion, then leaving and returning in your wedding attire. “It makes for a fun minute for the guests as they figure it out” she says. As the lucky couple, remember that you may miss out on wedding gifts and pre-wedding parties, but there is always time for that after your big day.