Another of my couples pulled off an elaborate ruse. They’d invited 100 of their closest friends to what was supposed to be a reception-only, telling everyone they’d eloped the week before. Instead they met with me to plan their surprise nuptials. I showed up to the “reception,” posing as a guest. The groom arrived, but time passed and people began to wonder where was the bride? At the appointed time the groom stepped up to the mic, looking confused. He announced that he had a confession to make. There had been a misunderstanding, he said, and a wedding had not actually taken place. “Is there a minister in the house?” He asked, sounding very sincere. (He was a really good actor!) According to plan, at that point I raised my hand. I pulled my clergy vestment and book out of my bag, then took my place up front and center. Processional music began playing, and in walked the bridesmaids followed by the bride. The look of shock on the guests’ faces was priceless! I began with, “Yes, folks, this is a real wedding and I am a real minister. The bride and groom wanted to surprise you and they obviously succeeded!” A surprise wedding is simply a delight!
A surprise wedding is a delightful event. I once married a couple from Denmark who were visiting with friends on a vacation here in the States. A Sunday morning brunch was arranged by a friend who was in on their secret for them and their parents and a dozen or so of their friends. But it was no ordinary brunch; they had prearranged with me to help them tie the knot. When I arrived I was introduced simply as a friend. The bride and groom did not tip anyone off with their dress—they chose to wear matching tropical shirts for the occasion. Before the bacon and eggs were served, I called everyone out onto the patio and announced that this was, in fact, a wedding. Surprise!
I'm the founding minister of Wedded Your Way. I love helping people tie the knot!