The Post-Elopement Party

I work with many couples who live in other states.  Some come here to Massachusetts or New England for a basic elopement which just includes getting their marriage license in one day and having the wedding ceremony performed for them.  Some want to add on cake, professional photography and accommodations.  And some will bring 50 of their nearest and dearest for a big wedding celebration (for which the Massachusetts economy thanks you). 

I've done it all, and it's always a great time.  For those couples who come here for a basic elopement, I usually hear that they are throwing a big party for their friends and family once they return home to wherever they came from.  It's a nice compromise since it is hard to get all of your loved ones up here to Massachusetts.

I was with two gentlemen this morning from the DC metro area who legally married today but are throwing a big party in their second home in rural Virginia (the Shenandoah Valley) next May and asked me to plan it.  I'm looking forward to working in a new area of the country, meeting new vendors and transforming this gorgeous home with views of the mountains into a stunning wedding space.  It's exciting for me to finish the circle of bringing their dream to reality - they have the legal paperwork here but now they get to have the rest, in the comfort of their own community, with the guidance of a gay wedding planner who will make sure they are safe.

Good times for all.  I have the coolest job!

If you are coming to marry in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut or Iowa, are you planning to have a party for your friends and family once you return home?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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