My fiance and I have recently decided to have a destination wedding in an attempt to save money. We found a local officiant that will put everything together for our big day in St. Thomas for less than $1000. It's a unique situation because we will be in St. Thomas for one day as a stop on our cruise in December. Is it still OK to invite people for a "Destination Wedding" when we aren't even going to be there more than 10 hours (if that)? The cruise is with my family, my fiance wants to invite his family, but I don't expect them to come, for obvious reasons. Is it better to just invite them (and others) and not feel hurt if they don't come? I don't consider this eloping, but he wants everything to be simple and carefree. However, I want to have the experience of having a bridal shower, bach party, etc. We've been together for 11 years, and people already assume we've eloped and just haven't announced it, but I plan on being with one man the rest of my life, I think we both deserve to have these experiences! TYIA!