The guerilla wedding

When two of my friends were getting married (to each other), there was of course a lot of effort spent on finding the right wedding location. To relieve the tension, when we got together, we would amuse ourselves by coming up with guerilla wedding locations, which was our term for surreptitiously holding a wedding ceremony at a location without the site owner's knowledge. Everybody would converge on the designated location, wait for the secret signal, and then spontaneously assemble for a wedding ceremony, wrapping it all up before anybody else knew what happened. Here are some ideas in the Seattle area we came up with:

Even now, with the wedding planning a dim memory, when we find a particularly nice location, we still find ourselves turning to each other and saying, "guerilla wedding."

Comments (11)
  1. Jeremy says:

    I think this would make next year’s PDC more interesting.

  2. Jason says:

    My wife and I were married in a Toys-R-Us, but our only audience was the preacher and the action figures. No flash mobs, I am afraid. The families got a big wedding the next year (and I ended up with two anniversaries to remember).

  3. Scott Salley says:

    My wife and I did this at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodenville about 8 years ago. But we only had one guest plus two witnesses and a minister. And then we had a reception across the street at Redhook. I think our expenses were under $100 for license and dinner.

    But nobody knew the date; so we guessed and have an off-by-one error on our certificate. We celebrate either/both days.

  4. There was a time when the Disney company did not allow weddings in their parks. People would sneak in and have a flash wedding anyway because they wanted to get married there. Eventually Disney smartened up and now hosting dream weddings is big business for them. You can even buy bride and groom Mickey ears hats in many of the stores.

  5. ::Wendy:: says:

    Like Harry Tuttle’s plumbing in the film Brazil,  quicklt in fix the problem and quick retreat because its not about the paperwork.  

  6. Joe says:

    Funny, my fiance and I are planning to get married soon and looking at the money grab that’s built up around it and were debating Just declaring ourselves married.

    having seen that other people have taken the guerrilla route, we may just yet.

  7. Andreas says:

    @Joe: Just declaring yourself married doesn’t make you that in the legal sense. Which may cause you some headache in legal matters depending on what laws apply where you live.

    However if you just want to be married without the whole expensive schebang, there should be no problem finding someone (a lawman or priest or similar) that can lawfully wed you for free.

  8. abadidea says:

    Around here (Lynchburg, VA) people sometimes get married on the huge front steps of the city hall (the old part of town is built on a near-vertical hill) without warning the town… :)

    Nice view though – old town, big river and bigger mountains spreading out at your feet.

  9. anonymous says:

    @Andreas: It does if you live in an state/province with common-law marriage.

  10. IA says:

    And then there’s the guerilla wedding reception:

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