Pop-up weddings are a stress-free solution for couples. The price is right, the planning is done, so just show up & have a great time!
If you are the laid-back type with a spontaneous sense of adventure, pop-up weddings are the perfect way to get married. If you want a cheap getaway wedding without the hassle of endless planning, think pop-up weddings.
Crazy, affordable, spontaneous and free of headaches, pop-up weddings are the flexible alternative to event-based weddings many newlywed millennials are taking delight in right now.
What are Pop-up Weddings?
Pop-up weddings are small, adventurous, reasonably short and sweet wedding ceremonies. A small shindig of 3 to 10 people – maybe 20 at most.
They are very affordable and definitely trending among couples who would rather spend their money on travel rather than on an outrageous bash. Or among couples who shudder at the mere thought of wedding planning! 😉
Pop-up weddings may be held in public places of sentimental value to the couples. Think random bystanders on the street you first met. Think the sprawling backdrop of a quiet public park for your first kiss, or even in the steely ambiance of your favorite brewery.
Or the wedding planner may offer you a choice of venues for the dates you are looking for.
Either way, it will be the couple, the officiant, a photographer and a few witnesses. So you pick an place or theme close to your heart and include or exclude any wedding tradition of your choice.
How Does a Pop-up Wedding Ceremony Work?
With pop-up weddings, like popping up in a scene to shake things up, you can ditch months of wedding planning. Zero stress.
Get in touch with a pop-up wedding planner, and find out what options they offer.
There is no need to fret about the little things that make for a “perfect” wedding. All you really need is a bouquet, maybe a small floral decor or two, and biodegradable confetti — anything of sentimental value to accent your big day. Don’t forget to grab a handful of sparklers as you figuratively walk down the aisle. They’ll take care of the decor, the food and of the marriage license.
If you are going solo and get to pick the venue, choose the one that you and your partner are crazy about. From your favorite coffee shops to museums to the front of an ice cream truck, the venue of a pop-up wedding rides on delights unexpected.
This will be your task list: pick your outfits, makeup and hairstyle, file for a marriage license and put together your very short guest list. Voila!
You will discover that some people may not like not being invited given the restriction on the number of guests. A solution? Share photos of your wedding on social media and they will soon realize why they weren’t included. Another great idea: organize an informal party at home after your honeymoon!
Pop-Up Wedding Advice from the Experts
Michele Velazquez of Pop The Knot says, “Pop-up weddings are the perfect solution for those couples who want a fun and stress-free wedding and don’t want the expensive costs a traditional wedding carries. These couples prefer to spend their money on down payment for homes or an epic honeymoon versus feeding and entertaining guests.”
“If you have already decided a pop-up wedding is for you, it doesn’t mean you have to give up all of the things that make up a traditional wedding” – Michele says. “Rock your beautiful wedding gown in the middle of Central Park if you want. Have a violinist play the Bridal March or maybe another unique song. Take beautiful posed wedding photos and enjoy your big day.”
Maggie (Winters) Gaudaen, co-founder of Pop! Wed Co., gave us a great piece of advice for the couples considering pop-up weddings: “Make your wedding day exactly what you want it to be. There is no need to bend to tradition, or spend outrageous amounts of money on things you are told you need. The only thing that matters at the end of the day is that you are married to the person you love the most in the world. So make sure that your wedding day is about you and your partner, and the way you would like to celebrate.”
“We’ve had the best wedding experiences when the venues explicitly agree to host our weddings” – says Maggie. “If you’re hoping to get married at a small business, like a local coffee shop you love, ask first! In the past, local businesses have been over the moon excited to welcome couples for popup weddings, and it’s so much more fun to team up with the proprietors than to try to sneak around.”
We had to share this tip from Maggie and you’ll see why:
“The famous sendoff photo (with confetti, sparklers, etc.) is the perfect end to a tiny wedding ceremony. If you have a few guests, you can grab some confetti and go for an epic exit after your first kiss. Just make sure you warn your photographer, cause that photo op will rock.”
Pop-up Wedding Ideas to Fall in Love With
What about a restaurant pop-up wedding? Probably where you and your boo had your first date and the magic fell in. Just ask your planner to make reservations for your pop-up wedding. Whether it’s a fancy place or a burger joint, treat yourself to carefree adventure and save mula.
Or go out on the town! Who says you need to bring a theme to a pop-up wedding? The theme is in the venue; have your wedding on the street and sightsee the city or countryside. Make sure to bring along your favorite people.
A pop-up wedding in the woods will be breathtaking. With the sun shining, the birds singing, a natural landscape beautiful in the backdrop. Say your “I do” right in the middle of nowhere! On the other hand, just have a picnic pop-up wedding with picnic baskets and food for everyone to dine on.
You can go also go boho in your favorite brewery—and have your first dance while the workers in overalls cheer on.
Some pop-up wedding planners offer themes like Star Wars, trashy Vegas or vintage-glam! Take your pick!
Alternatively, you could just go for a trailer or trailer park wedding. With flashing “just married” neon lights, you could have a mobile pop-up wedding, saying your vows as you are driven around town.
How Much do Pop Up Weddings Cost?
Each pop-up package with Pop The Knot starts at a mere $1,715 and it includes a venue, officiant, photographer, and bouquet and boutonnière so it truly is a one-stop shop for your pop-up wedding.
Pop! Wed Co. packages start at $2,900 and they include a popup legal wedding ceremony at a location in DC (you can also get married at their wedding venue in NE!), as many as 15 guests, photography of the ceremony, posed portraits and a portrait session for the two of you, a custom designed photo album and wedding treats! The whole wedding lasts just over an hour!