How much of your wedding had you planned before you decided to elope?
None of if it! Over the 5 years we had been engaged we had made countless enquiries to wedding venues in many different countries but we gave up on all of them as none of them felt right for us. We always got to a certain point in the process and we felt like the wedding coordinator at the venue was just not listening to us and what we wanted and our families were butting into everything and we knew it was going to become a day that wasn’t what we wanted. And then we found the Pop Up site and it was like everything we wanted in a wedding was listed right there in black and white – we honestly thought it was all too good to be true but it was everything and more!!
What made you decide to elope, and what drew you to the Pop-Up idea?
We knew we didn’t want the big traditional wedding. We were so sick of people telling us what we ‘should’ do and what we ‘have’ to do on the day and we just kept thinking we don’t ‘have’ to do anything that doesn’t feel right for us and that is why we loved the Pop Up idea, it was quick, fun and the focus was all on us and our guests just having a good time. The decision to elope of us was a bit easier as we live in Australia but all our family are from Ireland and part of the reason we waited so long to get married was trying to pick where to do it! We didn’t want to go home as we knew it would turn into a massive wedding and Australia is just too far away for our family. One of the things I loved most about Pop Up was they pretty much had a menu of amazing places to get married – they had picked the location, the day, the time so all the hard decisions were already made! We had always wanted to go to Hawaii and the dates were perfect for us. Plus what an amazing excuse to get your closest family and friends together for a big holiday with an amazing wedding thrown in!
How did your friends and family react to your elopement idea?
They loved it! They were so excited that we finally booked a date and because we had waited so long they knew it was right for us so they were on board from the very start. We did have to explain a few things to our parents as they were expecting a somewhat traditional wedding but once we outlined everything and explained again that it was OUR day they got it. My mum had the most reservations about the idea but she absolutely loved it and says it is the best wedding she has ever been to (I know she is biased but I have to agree with her!).
What details did you have to organise?
All we had to sort out was our travel arrangements, find somewhere for dinner after the ceremony, sort a car to pick us up, buy a dress and a suit and turn up. That was it!! We were planning our entire honeymoon after the wedding anyway so these small things to organise just slotted into all our travel plans anyway. It was the most stress free wedding. We booked in February and got married in August and I spent those 6 months planning us the best 4 week holiday ever – not stressing about flowers, seating plans, name tags, colour schemes….and all the other things that really do not matter on the day!!
What mattered to you most when it came to celebrating your marriage?
Having fun! We wanted to enjoy the entire day with each other and our family and we most definitely did that. Britt and Josh took care of everything on the day and their soul focus was on us having fun. Josh was hilarious and he ensured our guests enjoyed every single minute of our ceremony – no boring sermons here!
What was the best part of having a Pop-Up Wedding?
All of it! The fact that everything is planned for you and that you also get to be as surprised as your guests when you arrive at your wedding and see everything for the first time and realise it’s 100 times better than you could have planned yourself with none of the stress attached! And Britt and Josh of course, they made the entire process and the day itself amazing!
What advice would you give to any couple thinking about having a Pop-Up Wedding?
DO IT! If you look at the Pop Up site and think it is perfect for you – it is! My only regret is thinking about it for 2 weeks, that was probably the most stress I experienced in the whole process as I knew it was right for us but I just procrastinated. Booking a Pop Up wedding was the best thing we ever did – we had the best day of our lives and we planned none of it, that’s how good Britt and Josh are! They know exactly what makes an amazing wedding and they will not disappoint. Plus we had an amazing wedding and a 4 week honeymoon in the USA for the same price that the average one day traditional wedding costs in Australia – what is there to think about?! DO IT!