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Playing With / Elopement

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  • Basic Trope: A couple has a private, simple wedding ceremony, usually in secret.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob go to the courthouse by themselves and get married.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob book a trip for their wedding/honeymoon.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob have a destination wedding, to which only immediate family members are invited.
  • Justified: Alice and Bob want to get married in spite of Parental Marriage Veto.
    • Alice and Bob want to Marry for Love, in a setting where Arranged Marriages are the norm.
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    • They're getting married because Alice is pregnant, or is considered to be Defiled Forever if someone finds out she isn't a virgin anymore.
    • Alice and Bob became frustrated with wedding planning, and decided to just scrap those plans.
    • One of them got arrested, and Alice and Bob are forced to Altar the Speed if they want to invoke Spousal Privilege at the trial.
    • For whatever reason(s), Alice and Bob can't get married legally where they actually live...but it is legal elsewhere.
    • Alice and Bob don't want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on one day, when they could be putting that money towards a down payment on their first house.
    • Alice and Bob are poor, and don't have a lot of money. So they've decided to get legally married now and have a big party later.
    • One of them is in the military, and is about to be deployed overseas, and wants to make sure that the other gets military spousal benefits (including, if applicable, death benefits).
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    • Alice and Bob are having two weddings: a civil ceremony for themselves, and a religious ceremony to please their families.
    • One of them was diagnosed with cancer shortly after they got engaged, and they aren't sure how things are going to be, so they've decided to elope now, and have the big wedding later, if and when things get better.
    • One or both halves of the couple are celebrities, politicians, or some other type of public figure, and they want to have a private wedding away from the paparazzi.
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob have a big ceremony and reception for their wedding, to which 200 of their nearest and dearest are invited.
  • Subverted: Alice and Bob are having a destination wedding at the Flip-Flops Resort in Jamaica, but they've invited several guests.
    • Alice and Bob's parents and siblings are with them.
    • They have their good friends Carol and Doug present at their wedding.
    • Alice and Bob have a religious ceremony and a big reception afterwards.
    • Alice and Bob are planning to renew their vows later, and have a big reception when they have more money.
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    • Alice and Bob have a big party for all their friends.
    • Alice is seen poring over bridal magazines, trying on dresses at a local bridal salon, etc.
    • The law where Alice and Bob are getting married requires a "residency period" of a certain number of days/weeks/months/years, or a waiting period between obtaining the marriage license and the actual wedding.
    • Alice and Bob are living together, but not actually married.
    • Alice and Bob are planning to get married one year from now, and start doing the planning.
    • Alice and Bob are renewing their vows, not getting married.
  • Double Subverted: Out of the 100 people invited, only about 20 or so were able to pay for the trip, so it ended up being a small and intimate affair.
    • Only their immediate family members are there.
    • Only because the law where they're getting married requires that two witnesses be present.
    • A few days ago, they got married at the courthouse in secret.
    • Then they have Babies Ever After, and the money goes towards diapers, formula, household bills, and saving for college, so the dream wedding never materializes.
    • Alice and Bob are Mormons, and that was their civil ceremony and reception. They have a Temple Sealing a year later, to which only a select few "Temple worthy" immediate family members and/or friends are invited.
    • She and Bob become frustrated with wedding planning, and decide to just go to a drive-thru chapel in Vegas.
    • They decide to get married someplace where the requirements are a bit more lax.
      • Or, they have a non-legally-binding ceremony.
    • Because of Alice's Overprotective Dad, she moved in with Bob secretly and went no-contact or low-contact with her family.
    • Alice finds out she's pregnant, and in order to save face, they decide to go to the courthouse and get married before her pregnancy begins to show.
    • They renew their vows in a private ceremony.
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob go to a drive-thru window at a fast-food restaurant, where they order burgers, fries, and shakes...and get married.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice and Bob have a big to-do ceremony, to which a large number of people are invited.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "We got married at a drive-thru chapel! Also, we got burgers!"
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob decide that planning a big wedding is too much work, and too expensive.
  • Exploited: Flip-Flops Resorts market wedding/honeymoon combo packages to prospective guests.
  • Defied: They worry that getting married in secret will cause a rift in the family.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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