2. Save Money Marrying couple: Use wedding funds for more important things:
Down payment on your first home together
Extended honeymoon or vacation
Purchase a newer vehicle Parents: Avoid using your retirement savings to pay for a lavish wedding
3. Stress of Wedding Planning Eliminated
Some brides choose to be secretly married 2-3 weeks prior to the "big day"
Not all brides and grooms thrive on being the center of attention
Focus on simplicity and intimacy
4. Avoid Stressful Family Issues
Family members who oppose your marriage choice
Family differences in planning & financially supporting the wedding
Embarrassing relative you prefer not to ruin your day
Different religions or cultures refuse to blend wedding traditions together
5. Second marriage or higher
Spend money on celebration with family and friends
6. Surprise Ceremonies
When family & friends are gathered together for any holiday celebration, surprise them with your "special event".
Are you having a destination wedding outside of the USA? Make it legal in Virginia before you exchange vows abroad. You do not want a "surprise" that your marriage is not legally recognized in the USA.