July Wedding


We made it legal in July. Here’s what our casual beach wedding invite looked like. It was just a flat card with some info on the back, sent in a sky blue envelope. The photo was edited by me using this technique, and the flourish came from here. I printed it on some textured ivory-ish paper. The paper and envelopes were size A6 from PaperSource. Finally, I used the awesome new love stamp.

Image credits: shoes dress necklace beach flowers ribbon cakes

Here’s what I envisioned for our July nuptials: a super casual dress with beach mats laid out as seating and parasols (bought in Chinatown for around $3 each) and beach balls strewn about. I carried some paper flowers I made; I’ll post about it later. The beach was Point Dume in Malibu. I used some of those ‘deep ocean’ ribbons to tie my bouquet and painted some flourishes on the parasols to add a little something. Then we went to Duke’s in Malibu for lunch and had some bundt cakes for dessert. It was an easy casual wedding for about 20 guests. More details to come!

Helpful hint: you don’t need a beach permit until you get over 50 guests, have a tent larger than 10×10, have amplified sound, catering or rentals. So as long as you stick with the KISS method, beach weddings are a snap.

Did you/will you make it legal before your “big” wedding reception? Why?


Mrs. Moonbeam

Los Angeles/San Antonio
Wedding Date:
November 2009
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  1. Member
    carri38707 453 posts, Helper bee @ 4:07 pm

    Hi Miss Moonbeam!
    First, Congrats!
    We made it legal on Aug. 31, 2009! We did it for the practical reasons. I’m a Canadian working in US, and we needed to get the paperwork started for Immigration and my work permit. My current dilemma is: do we “announce” it to others or not? Our immediate family and a couple of friends know. We intended that we’ll keep it under the wraps until our celebration in Spring, 2010. However, now I’m catching myself caught between calling him my fiance vs. husband! And, I am so happy to be a Mrs. I want to share! But, there’s still that uncertainty whether this will take away from our guests (and us) when the actual day of wedding celebration comes. What did you do? How are you approaching this? Also, I love your wording “come celebrate with us” – very appropriate!

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    Mrs. DG 8491 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:33 pm

    Now I’m confused… I looked through your past posts and didn’t see anything about an earlier legal marriage. Did I miss something or am I misunderstanding this post?

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:40 pm

    We did the earlier wedding so that I could get on his health insurance. Slightly unromantic, but it’s worked out really well because he always wanted to be married while barefoot on the beach and I always wanted the kind of wedding we’ll be having in November. We both get to be very happy with the whole process.

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    goodbuddy 533 posts, Busy bee @ 4:51 pm

    I was confused too, but thanks for clarifying. I know those beaches well and have no doubt it was a beautiful event. Congrats!

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    Mrs. DG 8491 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 5:00 pm

    I’ve had a friend do this too, and it did not dampen the enthusiasm for the real deal 😉 I’m glad you both get your dream wedding.

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    penguin 3490 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:09 pm

    I’d love to hear more about your July wedding!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:15 pm

    I think you should blog about why you decided to get married sooner, and how your july wedding went!

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    LisaBee 358 posts, Helper bee @ 5:23 pm

    Question for you- how did the priest at the Catholic church feel about you legally marrying before the church ceremony? Has it changed the ceremony at all? I wanted to do the same thing (marry legally 6 months for our catholic ceremony) for the same reason (his health insurance) but thought that the church would not allow it. How did you navigate all that? Thanks for the info!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:25 pm

    Glad that both of you get want you want in a wedding!

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    Champagne Wishes 1187 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:38 pm

    Miss Moonbeam, we are two-seconds from doing the SAME thing for the SAME reason (boo to the economy)!
    But I am a little heartbroken with the thought of not having our May wedding be our anniversary date (it’s a special day to us).

    What day will be your anniversary? Think you will have double the celebration?

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:14 pm

    yes!!! we will! just because of visa papers – LAME!

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    krissycake 4160 posts, Honey bee @ 8:19 pm

    Haha, I am glad I am not the only one who was confused by the earlier wedding I didn’t know about…whew.

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    cloud 800 posts, Busy bee @ 11:16 pm

    That is awesome, you got the best of both worlds, and the opposites you both wanted! I can’t wait to hear more (about both!!!)

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:43 am

    we plan on making it legal before the big wedding. that way we both get our dream wedding. lol

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:40 pm

    We’re talking about making it legal before the actual ceremony. We’ll be moving next August and since we’re not really sure when we’ll have the wedding, I’ll be able to get on his heath insurance with whatever school he ends up at. We might do it without telling anyone, though!

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    Irishker03 619 posts, Busy bee @ 5:23 pm

    wow. thank goodness you left a comment here Miss Moonbeam because I was so confused. There are no previous mention of the july ceremony! I’m glad both you and the mister will be getting the ceremonies you wanted though!

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    Oh, Did I Forget To Mention That? » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 1:47 pm

    […] I’m a 2-wedding bride. We had our first ceremony July 25th of this year at Point Dume in Malibu. We’ve lived (or at least have been on leases) together for the past 2 years and always knew […]

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    doublemint921 499 posts, Helper bee @ 4:41 pm

    Aww sounds lovely… will we see pictures? Congrats :)

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    The July Wedding Professional Pics » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 1:39 pm

    […] painted some little flourishes on the parasols using acrylic paint so that they would tie into our invites. The officiant was chosen for his ability to grant us a marriage license without having to go to […]

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    kmattso2 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:56 pm

    Would you mind telling me how you found your flourishes….if you have any other good sites saved that you could share?!! I’ve been having such a hard time finding free ones….thanks!!

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:38 pm

    @kmattso2: http://itsschafe.com/graphics/flourishes.html

    i just did a google search for large images of the word flourish

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