Surprise wedding ideas, venues, and ceremony script wording!

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Are surprise weddings a thing? OH YES, INDEED THEY ARE! I mean, even tech tycoons like Mark Zuckerberg have surprise weddings, so they're definitely a thing.

We've featured a whole bunch of surprise weddings and even have an archive full of surprise wedding ideas for you to steal. So today we're going to round up some of our favorite inspiration for you, from the excuse for the surprise wedding to a few venue ideas, to even some wording for your surprise wedding ceremony script…

A fantasy viking wedding in Sweden with handmade dresses(!)
Photo by Tove Lundquist from this surprise Viking wedding

Is a surprise wedding for you?

Obviously, a surprise wedding isn't for everyone. You have to be ok with some folks missing your wedding — but of course, that's true even when it's not a surprise wedding. One of the significant advantages of a surprise wedding is less pressure and attention on you before the big deal, so as weird as it sounds, a surprise wedding can be great for introverts!

Toasting - An April Fool's Day surprise pizza parlor wedding
Photo by Lindsay King Photography from this pizza parlor surprise wedding

Surprise wedding excuses: how to get your guests there

If you're going to have a surprise wedding, you need a good excuse. Here are some of the most common:

Surprise wedding venues: where to have your surprise wedding

As far as surprise wedding venues, here are some of our faves:

backyard pool party surprise wedding alternative wedding ideas from Offbeat Wed (formerly Offbeat Bride)

Surprise wedding ceremony script

Need some inspiration for how to make the big reveal: Here's a ceremony script idea from officiant Alyson D'Alessandro:

I wanted to take a moment and just thank [Name] and [Name] for having us all over. This backyard is pretty spectacular, isn't it?

I can tell that this is going to be a pretty special part of the house for the whole family…

I know [Name] and [Name] are really glad you all showed up to spend the day with them, because surprise – this isn't a housewarming, it's a wedding!

One last tip about having a surprise wedding

You'll definitely want to prioritize wedding photography at your wedding… since there will be guests who miss the event, you really want to have photos and even videos to share. As far as finding a wedding photographer or videographer? You'll want someone who's into offbeat nontraditional stuff like a surprise wedding… and you can find them in our Offbeat Vendor Guide!

Meet our fave wedding vendors

Comments on Surprise wedding ideas, venues, and ceremony script wording!

  1. We’ve done so many surprise weddings since the end of the lock-down, it’s been incredible – a real antidote to all the pandemic planning insecurity that couples have had to endure over the last couple of years. It’s been clear from every single one that the surprise element has allowed each couple to have complete freedom of expression – it’s really shown in the uniqueness and originality of the vows. Long may it continue!

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