A standard wedding in America is where you have both the bride and groom’s extended family (whom you may or may not like), family friends, and friends to a wedding ceremony and a reception dinner afterwards. It may be at a hotel, a country wedding, or other wedding venue. There are flowers, cakes, photographers, dj’s, and more. The guest list is usually quite expansive, bordering on everyone you know.
Quite possibly the worst money saving idea and the ultimate destination wedding is to get married in space. With Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin both offering space tourism tickets, it is now that much closer to being possible to get married in space.
There is a fading stigma against eloping. This is probably because traditionally it was done to get married when it was against the parents wishes. Nowadays elopement is more common among couples who do not want to deal with all the hassle and trappings of a traditional wedding ceremony.
Rather than renting an expensive wedding venue, getting married in your backyard can be a more comfortable setting. If you do not have a backyard, or yours is too small to fit the wedding perhaps you can borrow a family member or friends backyard. Just keep in mind it is a pretty big ask to take over someone’s backyard for your special day.
This is probably the most economical and quickest option. You will need two witnesses but can get married at the courthouse. This low frill option can still be made special. Afterward you can go out to eat with your friends and family at your favorite restaurant.