|The surprise has to be for the guests, not for the
Bride or Groom!!!!!
So you want to have a surprise wedding. That is great.
I have typed up this page because I have now been asked to do many surprise
page is designed to give you some food for though about surprise
weddings and the legalities associated with it. They can be so much fun,
and the look on unsuspecting guests can be great. Especially better if
it is videotaped for later.
Legally - so long as both the Bride and Groom agree to
the wedding on that date and at that time, then the normal legal
processes apply. That is, one person (eg a Bride) cannot organise a
wedding to wed a partner and spring it on him on the evening, without
him being fully involved and in agreeance. This is why we have the
Notice of Intended Marriage form that needs to be completed at least one
month and one day before hand. Apart from that a surprise wedding is a
real, and legal wedding.
For most people having a surprise wedding the surprise
is usually just before they are to get married. That is they get people
into the location / setting under another pretext (eg engagement,
special birthday, visiting relative) and when they are all gathered
either they or I ( the celebrant) starts the ball rolling with a -
"Family and friends................"
Witnesses can be
decided on the day.