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Just the bride & groom?

I am getting married for the 2nd time. This is my fiance's 1st. I've told him that if he wants a "traditional" church wedding, that is fine with me. I don't want to take any of the special moments away from him. He actually wants to have a destination wedding, just the 2 of us. I'm okay with this. I've just started the planning process, so I'm looking for places that don't require witnesses, in case we can't find a couple friends to go. I don't want to plan around anyone else, but if we have to have witnesses, I may have to take into consideration when a good time is for the other couple (our friends), due to work & other schedules. Any ideas?

Re: Just the bride & groom?

  • I'm pretty sure anywhere you get married you're going to be required to have 2 witnesses. And if there's an officiant out there that would do it without witnesses, I'd have to severely question whether or not your marriage would be considered legal.

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  • We got married in Las Vegas and only had to have one witness, our MOH.  Plenty of places that specialize in elopements will provide a witness.  I wouldn't get hung up on that aspect; once you figure out the general location where you'd like to hold it and start researching specific venues, you can ask them how they handle the witness situation.
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  • The Commonwealth of Virginia only requires an officiant, no witnesses. 

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  • I'm going to speak for moms here.  Is there an issue with your FI's parents not being at the wedding?  Because it would honestly break my heart not to have been at my son's or daughter's weddings.  A wedding is a pretty special moment for parents as well.  Just a thought to keep in mind.
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  • When my FI and I were seriously considering a destination wedding, we were told that the magistrate's office could provide the needed witness(es).  This was in Aruba. 

    Once you decide on your destination and begin to narrow in on resorts, I'm sure the manager or wedding coordinator there will be able to help.

    I hope you find the best location ever!  Good luck!!
  • MOst places that offer a DW (Like resorts and cruises) will also have an additional person there to be your witness :)
  • Whether you have to have witnesses at all depends on state law.  Massachusetts, for example, doesn't require them.  If the place you are going does, they will most likely have someone there to act as your witness.
  • Georgia doesn't require witnesses either.  Florida requires two however.  Check with the government where you finally decide to marry.  If you are required to have witnesses, it's possible that the place could provide witnesses for you.  A friend of mine got married at his pastor's home with just the pastor's wife as a witness.
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