Two Weddings?

I called my family to chat yesterday and was glad that my 25 year old brother was around. I don’t get to talk to him very often. When he got on the phone he informed me that he and his girlfriend had decided to get married. On May 2nd. Twelve days from now.

Haha! When I expressed my concern at being able to find a decently priced airline ticket within the next eleven days he told me not to worry about it. They are planning on having a small civil ceremony on May 2nd and then come this August or September they’ll have a big exchanging of rings/reception where everyone can come. When asked what the hurry was, he informed me that they’re doing it now as a “parent pleaser”. Interpret that how you will because I’m not sure (out of respect for him) if I should say anymore. Suffice it to say we are glad they are tying the knot and I will hopefully be flying out for the whistles and bells part of the event later this summer.

So have any of you personally known someone who has done something like this? Had a private civil ceremony and then put on a whole shebang for everyone later? I wonder how common it is.

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My brother and his wife did that exact thing about 15 years ago. Eloped in Las Vegas. And then when both their parents found out about it, they ‘forced’ them to have a wedding reception a few months later. So I guess you know it’s happened at least one time before! ;-D Maybe that’s not the exact same thing, I guess….

Although, I have no idea what ‘parent pleaser’ means, sorry. (I’m curious to know though.)

Congratulations to your brother and his fiance. :-)

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Not quite like that, but my SIL and future BIL planned a huge wedding bash (big old party at my MIL’s house –it was so fun!) and then flew to New Zealand the next day to get married (in the LDS Temple) and have their honeymoon. Nobody was there for their wedding except for locals they met at the Temple. The reason? To prevent family members from being at their wedding that they didn’t want there but could not force them not to come (loooooooong story).
Most of us (actually 98% of us) completely supported them in their decision. It’s kind of romantic and cool if you think about it…

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I think that this is actually not that uncommon. Mormons do something similar all the time; have the actual wedding ceremony in the Temple and then have one or more receptions where the whole world is invited. We had two receptions in two different states separated by a couple of weeks to accommodate all the family/friends who couldn’t travel. My non-Mormon friend is getting married later this summer in the US and then having a separate ceremony next summer in her home country to accommodate her family that can’t make it over for the original event. Not exactly the same circumstances as your brother, but still not that dissimilar.

My SIL’s sister did something similar. After my SIL got engaged, her sister got engaged. After my SIL got married, her sister decided that instead of waiting eight more months, they’d just get married in a civil ceremony a week after my SIL—and still have the big wedding the following March. (If I remember correctly, my SIL’s sister’s husband’s being in the Army strongly influenced their decision to move up the actual wedding, too.)

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Yep, have heard of lots of situations like those listed above. =)

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I hope it’s in August. Then I can see you again! I might still be here in September, but I’m not sure.

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My brother and his wife eloped and got married at a 10 dollar includes the photo and license chapel in Reno. Then 6 months later they had a big reception with friends and family- dress, cake et cetera.

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