The whole point of a wedding is to celebrate the union of two people so why is it so hard for brides and grooms to find any time alone? Fortunately, for couples who just want to squeal out, "Holy crap, we're married!" in private, there are some strategic ways to do so without neglecting your guests.
Arrange a secret encounter beforehand
Obviously, doing a first look is a great way to bond with your man before all the festivities begin. However, if you're more traditional and don't want to actually see him with your own eyes, a secret encounter could be your best bet. "Have your team of vendors or bridal party arrange it for you and meet him behind a wall to exchange a few sweet words prior to the ceremony starting," advises Crystal Lequang, owner at Amazae Special Events. Religious? "Pray together holding hands while on opposite sides of a door," proposes Kristen Ley, owner of Something New for I Do. "Not only is this an awesome and intimate photo opportunity, it's also a memorable moment together."
Sign your marriage license post-ceremony
Francesca DiSalvo-Follmer, owner of Pure Luxe Bride, says after the ceremony is an opportune time to sneak away to sign your marriage license and enjoy a cocktail and some apps together before the rest of your family photos.
Book a car for two
If your reception is at a different venue, book transportation just for the two of you from the ceremony, offers Tracie Domino, founder of Tracie Domino Events. "Your bridal party won't mind if they don't ride with you, and this is your chance to truly be alone and take in what you both just experienced."
Eat at a sweetheart table
If you're having a sit down dinner, one of the simplest ways to steal a moment alone with your man is, of course, by doing a sweetheart table instead of a bridal-party table. "This way, you can eat together and then join your guests for the party," explains DiSalvo-Follmer.
Get away during dinner
Multiple courses are the perfect excuse to escape for a little walk with with your new spouse while your guests enjoy the food. Just make sure the caterer serves you first, says Stefany Allongo, founder and chief consultant of The Majestic Vision: Wedding and Event Planning Services. "And if you don't mind, have your photographer follow along to capture some of your romantic rendezvous."
Have him help you with the dress change
What could be hotter than having your hubby help you out of your wedding dress? Answer: nothing! "You can take a little time to freshen up and possibly change from a formal gown into something more comfortable once dinner is done and before the dancing kicks into high gear," says Florida-based wedding planner Aviva Samuels of Kiss The Planner.
Exchange a special gift during the reception
"When all your guests are eating and socializing, get away for five to 10 minutes to exchange a special gift, perhaps telling the other person how much you value them without being in front of an audience," recommends Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions.