You’ve heard stories of celebrities flying their friends to exotic island vacations that are really for their secret destination wedding. While avoiding paparazzi is a great reason to have an “ambush wedding,” there are equally great reasons for non-celebrities to surprise their friends. Ambush weddings or “Trojan Weddings,” as they are sometimes called, also offer the following benefits:
- Condensed timeline–A lot of what takes up wedding planning is finding at least ten types of wedding vendors and coordinating with them and your bridal party. By keeping the affair simple, you cut the amount of planning down, way down!
- Element of surprise and fun–Surprises are always good. What better way to make your wedding memorable and ensure everyone is in good spirits?
- Excuse to do away with some expected wedding traditions–Because it is not a “traditional” wedding, you have much more leeway on what wedding traditions you want to keep.
- No stress guest list–Don’t want to agonize over who to invite and when to send invitations and R.S.V.P.s? Invite as many people who are in town and have someone manage the R.S.V.P. Better yet, have a buffet styled reception to have more flexibility.
Of course, a surprise wedding is not for everyone. If you have a very clear vision of your wedding and actually do enjoy the planning process, then this option is not for you. If you also like to travel and do not want to deal with orchestrating a surprise event, then eloping still remains a popular option for an intimate and easy affair.