What Is A Pop-Up Wedding?

So what is a Pop-Up Wedding?

Going by it’s name, it’s quite literally a wedding that “pops up” or rather, a wedding that you, as an engaged couple, “pop” in to.

Pop-Up weddings are designed to be simple and quick. Unlike the typical weddings you see and attend, these ones don’t require months and months of planning on your part! The company or planner you hire takes care of all the details, so your big day is hassle-free.

Imagine showing up to the park you were engaged in, to find your friends and close family waiting for you. A temporary altar has been placed by a fountain, where an officiant stands. You are given a fresh bouquet of your favorite flowers, a photographer takes your photo, and the ceremony commences! And as you get married, you’re cheered on by your closest loved ones, and maybe some random bystanders passing the event.

Or maybe you’re on a boardwalk with the ocean waves as your background music. Or at your favorite diner where homemade cinnamon rolls are presented to your guests. Or at the local zoo where chimpanzees throw bananas in your honor.

These types of weddings come with a sense of adventure and lots of freedom! You get to pick and choose the elements you want to focus on, and celebrate with the people you’re closest to, at a location that means a lot to you and your significant other, at a low price tag.

It’s all completely customizable and significantly cheaper than the average wedding.

What Is Typically Included?

So what comes with a Pop-Up wedding? It depends on the company or wedding planner you hire, but usually you receive some variation of the below:

  • A choice of venue
  • An officiant
  • A photographer with edited images for you to print or download
  • Bouquets and/or boutonnieres 
  • A small number of guests (somewhere between 10 to 25 usually)

Then you have the option of adding extra details! 

Are flowers important to you? Your planner can arrange to have guests holding your favorites. Or maybe you want a mariachi band to serenade you as you walk down the aisle? Crave fancy invitations? Splurge on custom designs!

And while Pop-Up weddings typically account for only the wedding ceremony, lots of people also include a celebration afterwards. Maybe a picnic in the park or a fancy dinner at the couple’s favorite restaurant. 

Again, Pop-Up weddings are all about spontaneity, creativity, and being unique. It’s a chance to make your special day wholeheartedly your own! And to focus on the details that are important to you. 

What Does It Cost?

The average cost of a wedding in the United States is roughly $27,000.

With Pop-Up weddings, you pay a fraction of that cost, but you still get the memories and joy of a magical day. 

The amount you pay for this type of wedding varies based on the company or wedding planner you have arrange your event.

If you plan to do most of the organizing yourself, you may just be looking at the cost of renting a venue (should you want to rent a venue) and acquiring the goods (flowers, wedding license, photos, etc.). 

But if you want to have someone help plan your day or you want to purchase a pre-made package, costs typically range between $550 to $5000.

Curious about what a package may look at? Take a look at what Arrive Celebrations provides!

pop up wedding package
list of pop up wedding ideas

Is A Pop-Up Wedding For You?

Ultimately, the decision is yours! If you dream of having a large wedding, with lots of guests at a formal location, then a Pop-Up wedding is probably not for you.

These weddings are for those who want something simple. Something quick. Something creative. And something affordable.

And it’s usually for people who are okay with only a small amount of guests attending.

If you think a Pop-Up wedding is the choice for you, consider reaching out to us! We’d love to walk through some of your ideas and help you plan your dream day. 

Navigating Covid-19 and Your Wedding

With all the cancellations and postponements that have been forced by Covid-19, it is not surprising that weddings, engagement parties, and other similar celebrations are caught in the mix.

It’s understandable, of course, as we are all making an effort to maintain social distancing so we can slow the spread of the virus. But it is still saddening, nonetheless. Many couples’ big days—which have taken months and months of planning—have either been cancelled entirely, postponed, or scaled back.

Currently, the CDC is recommending that all events scheduled for the next eight weeks (or into May and June) need to cancel. Group activities are limited to ten people or under, and even then, healthcare and government officials are asking that we #StayAtHome, limiting our interactions only with those who are also isolating in our household. 

So if your wedding is planned to occur within the next couple of weeks to months, you’re probably trying to determine what your best course of action is. We’re here to break down some of your options! 

Cancel Or Postpone Your Wedding:

Sadly, this is what most couples are resorting to, but you have some leeway with your decisions! Firstly, you’ll have to decide which option you want to take. A lot of wedding planners and specialists are recommending that you look into postponing your special day. That way, you’ll still get to have your dream day, and you’ll still be supporting some of businesses which were likely struck hard by Covid-19 too! However, with no certainty as to when this pandemic will end, and with wedding dates hard to get as is, you may be looking at postponing your wedding day until at least a year away from your original date.

Start by talking to the contacts at your venue to see what options are available and what they recommend. They are well aware of the circumstances, and will want to accommodate you because they want to keep your business. Just be open about your concerns, and together you’ll hopefully be able to work something out with you that will fit both of your needs.

Photo by: Jeremy Wong

Next, you’ll want to reach out to everyone you have made commitments with—caterers, florists, DJs, stylists—and inform them of your new plans. Like with the venue, these suppliers will also want to keep your business once life gets back to normal! Work with them to figure out a plan. You may even want to consider keeping your deposits and payments as a credit with them, that you can then use on your new wedding day. 

And don’t forget to reach out to all your guests, and tell them of the new big day. That way they have ample time to adjust their schedules and plans. 

If circumstances prevent you from being able to postpone your wedding date that long, you should still reach out to your venue and vendors to see what can be done. Maybe an earlier date is available, or the company is offering refunds due to the pandemic. It will, unfortunately, all be case by case, but you’ll never know what they can (or can’t) offer unless you try contacting and negotiating with them.

Whichever scenario, you’ll want to be open about your concerns and be available to negotiate. You may even want to consider hiring a wedding planner to help you figure out all the details—which we would love to assist you with!

Dan Stuglik and Amy Simonson getting married during a “private” ceremony. Photo by: DON CAMPBELL/THE HERALD-PALLADIUM

Marry Now, Celebrate Later

If you aren’t ready to give up on your big day yet, you still have some options! Lots of couples are modifying their wedding day plans to accommodate new guidelines and the safety of their guests.

One popular way is to significantly reduce the number of guests that can attend, and then livestream the ceremony! Guests from afar can abide by the travel restrictions, and those at risk of the virus can virtually attend the wedding from the safety of their homes. This type of practice is far from new. In fact, there are lot of a professional streaming businesses that established themselves just for weddings. If you don’t want to hire a professional though, you can always take the DIY approach, and simply ask a friend to stream it from their phone.

And if you’re antsy for that marriage certificate, there are plenty of ways to obtain it virtually. WebWed, for example, secures marriage licenses and performs wedding ceremonies all online. And since the outbreak, they have seen an explosion in requests! Be mindful though. These online certificate services are only available if marriage courts in your city or state remain open. 

Other couples are getting creative, as an unprecedented virus calls for unprecedented ideas! 

  • In the streets of New York, Amanda Wheeler and Reilly Jennings were married by their minister friend, as he made their union official from the window of his fourth floor apartment. People clapped and cheered from their own homes, as they watched the couple tie the knot in the street.
  • In Utah, Matthew Ryan and Krista Brennane were married in a private ceremony, only to have their friends and family surprise them afterwards with a drive-by reception. As the line of cars went by their house, their loved ones offered well wishes through the car window, held up loving signs, and even dropped off wedding gifts.
  • In Michigan, Dan Stuglik decided to surprise his wife-to-be. Not wanting her to walk down the aisle to an empty church, he decided to place cardboard cutouts of their guests in the pews. Though not what they had initially hoped for, it still made the day memorable! 

Despite the circumstances, couples are still finding ways to celebrate their love and the start of a new chapter! 

What It Comes Down To:

In the end, it really comes down to safety! Be cautious in your choices, stay up to date on the government and CDC recommendations, and do something that makes you happy. 

We’d love to hear about how you’re navigating the pandemic with your wedding plans. Or feel free to share your ideas!

And, as always, if you need help, reach out to us! The team at Arrive Celebrations is always happy to assist and advise.

Stay up to date on the latest Covid-19 recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html