Back in 1996 when I married Tina, we decided that our wedding was going to be small, early in the day and in February.
We married in mid winter because my schedule that year and summer was jammed with weddings, and her being at that time a full time accountant, her spring schedule was also jammed. Tax season for her, wedding season for me.
We had two options, either wait a year or get married in three months. We opted with sooner than later.
Being a full time wedding photographer myself I had little desire for a large wedding. She agreed. Hence, a family only wedding at 10:00AM.
Those are our reasons for our ‘pop up wedding’. Many others have their reasons. The popularity in pop up weddings attest to the fact that many of the reason overlap. Mainly, no desire for a large affair, budget and a strong desire for keeping is simple, small and elegant.
Was our wedding the first “pop up wedding”? It was at that time not the norm, so to speak. Most weddings were large affairs with many guests.
I always felt that a smaller wedding like ours was more about ‘utility’ over pageantry. And was very similar to the way our parents and grand parents got married back in the day. They had smaller family only affairs.
And it was more about simply getting married.