* Military Monday Elopements are held on the 1st Monday of the Month. Only 4 time slots available per day. Elopements to be held at a park in Chattanooga, TN TBD at least 4 weeks prior.
Welcome and Thank You for your service to our Country!
“Military Monday Elopements" is a FREE service exclusively for Active Duty US Military Service Members and is our way of giving a little something back to the families who give up so much. It was inspired by the commitment and vision of our CEO, as a sophisticated alternative to the “Courthouse” wedding. This service is for all Active US Military members regardless of branch of service, time in the military, or rank. By volunteering one day a month to those Active Duty Military members wishing for a more romantic setting with a more personal celebration, rather than the County Clerks Office or a trip to Vegas, we have stepped up to serve those who serve.
* Couple & up to 4 guests only
SERVICES INCLUDE: CEREMONY: * Ordained Officiant * Customized Ceremony * Return of signed marriage license to the court via USPS Certified Mail Note: I will email you a copy of the signed license for your records (for insurance, immigration, real estate purposes, etc.) * Unlimited Telephone & Email Consultations * Event Crew/Coordinator (to coordinate our package amenities only) * Premarital Counseling Course * Flowers: Petite Rose bouquet for the Bride & single rose boutonniere for the Groom * Sand Unity Ceremony: Decorated table for sand ceremony (white linen, two vases, sand colors of your choice, and keepsake petite heart-shaped bottle) * Photography (approx. 5 unedited unprofessional photos taken by Officiant) * If you have guests they are welcome to take photos.
MICRO RECEPTION: *couple only A Micro Reception with sparkling cider toast & wedding cupcakes. Standing service includes: * Service table set up with white linen, overlay & decor * Sparkling cider toast * Wedding cupcakes * Upscale service ware, stemware, displays & decor * Couples Keepsake Toasting Glasses: (decorated not engraved)
*1 hr. of Service
* You must have a valid marriage license with you in order for the ceremony to occur. * A reservation must be made in advance for one of the specific locations for this service, date, and time. Services are provided on specific Mondays, at specific locations, and specific times. * The number of people present for the ceremony is limited to a total of 4 people or less. For permitting to perform these FREE Wedding Ceremony Services this cannot be modified. * No Tables, Chairs, or Structures are allowed. (Exception: If either of the couple are disabled seating will be provided. No guest seating available.) * No wedding attendants. * No Vow Renewal services. * Services available at location TBD by Blissful Elopements at least 4 weeks prior.
Is the elopement ceremony really free? Yes, there is no charge for the elopement ceremony or the filing of your marriage license on your behalf with the County Clerk following the elopement. Blissful Elopements absorbs all costs associated with the ceremony.
Are there any fees? Yes. The cost of the Marriage License (Public or Confidential) and the fee the County Clerk/Recorder imposes for a registered copy of your license once processed. These costs are paid directly to the County Clerk/Recorder.
Is it required to tip? No, it is never required or expected. However, any tips will go into a fund to pay for the cost of future FREE Military Monday services. Again, it is never required or expected.
Are we required to complete the Premarital Course? No. We offer the Premarital Course as a courtesy to you, and completing the course saves you money on your marriage license, however it is completely up to you to complete it or not.
Do we need a witness? No. Tennessee and Georgia do not require a witness to sign the license.
What type of ceremony will our elopement be? Your ceremony will be outlined & worded as you like. We're happy to Officiate civil or religious ceremonies of any religion. We provide a Ceremony Planning Book with poems, blessings, prays, readings, vows & everything to put together a ceremony that is meaningful to you. We assist you to write your ceremony @ n/c. * We're happy to provide religious ceremonies, however we cannot accommodate a Chupah, kneeling bench or other religious set ups.
How many people can join us? We are limited to the amount of people that may be witnesses to your elopement by the regulations set forth by the city. You may have up to 4 people witness the ceremony.
Can we have wedding attendants? No. Unfortunately, you cannot have wedding attendants, a flower girl, giving away the bride. etc.
Can we have chairs and an altar? No, this is a mini elopement package. No decor is provided except the small tables for the sand ceremony & "reception" amenities. (Exception: If either of the couple are disabled seating will be provided. No guest seating available.)
Can we hire our own professional Photographer, Videographer, etc.? No. This defeats the entire philosophy of FREE Military Mondays; to provide FREE elopement services to active military members as an alternative to the courthouse ceremony. Let’s be honest, if you can afford a professional wedding vendor, you should be able to hire all your wedding vendors. Please keep in mind as well that it would be insulting to those who are donating their time, talent and wedding amenities to make this a special day for you knowing someone is getting paid.
Do I have to be stationed locally? Not at all, if either of you are FULL TIME ACTIVE DUTY US MILITARY you qualify for this package.
Do I have to wear my uniform? No. You may wear anything you like.
Is this service available for military of other countries? No. This service is ONLY available to US Military personnel.
Are there restrictions to the locations and times? Yes. Elopements are available on the 1st Monday of the month only. Locations will vary & will be announced 4 weeks prior. There will only be 4 time slots available each day.
Are there any Mondays you don’t offer services? Yes, ANY Holiday Monday. If the 1st Monday of the month is a government holiday then services will either roll to the next Monday OR not be available that month. Available dates & locations will be posted here on our site.
How do you handle no-shows? We provide this service as a courtesy & in return all we ask is that you keep your appointed elopement time. We will not reschedule no-shows for any reason. Also, if you are late for your scheduled ceremony, services may be cancelled if it interferes with another scheduled ceremony.
What documentation do we need to bring? A valid Marriage License, Military Identification showing current active Military status, valid government ID with photo for both. NOTE: Names MUST match on all documents.
The next FREE Military Monday will be on 11/05/2018 at Coolidge Park, Chattanooga. Times Available: 11:00am BOOKED 12:00pm 1:00pm 2:00pm
If you'd like to reserve your spot for a Military Monday Elopement please send us an email to BlissfulElopements.firstname.lastname@example.org OR complete the form below. We'll contact you to secure your wedding date!