They're called flash wedding ceremonies. And they're happening more and more, according to ABC News.
The successful flash wedding adds a big element of surprise to the otherwise traditional ceremony. Hardly anyone but the bride and groom know what's about to go down. Guests arrive for some other type of function, only to be greeted by the news that there's a wedding about to go on here. And some guests may even find themselves unsuspecting bridesmaids and groomsmen, too.
Here's one example of a successful flash wedding: Khuong Phan and Shannon Belisario were making a cross-country move from Brooklyn, New York to Los Angeles. So they invited those close to them to a going-away pizza party. That's when the pair sprung the real news. Phan says it was his wife's wonderful idea. He tells ABC, "I thought she was a bit crazy to be honest. But it sounded like it could be a lot of fun! Plus, we had never been to a surprise wedding before and figured our family and friends hadn’t either."
There is a distinct downside, though, to this flash wedding phenomenon: Some of the venues couples choose are caught off guard by the fact that a wedding is taking place in their establishment, and some couples have been asked to leave, mid-nuptials. So be careful there if you plan on doing the surprise wedding thing.
And of course, if you do it this way, you're sure not to get any wedding gifts. But as the happily-married Khuong Phan reminds us, "...if you’re getting married for the gifts, you might be getting married for the wrong reasons."
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