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PopWed Co., a Washington D.C. based elopement planning service, offers the betrothed a low-budget, low-fuss approach to tying the knot. The company's two founders -- officiant Steven Gaudaen and photographer Maggie Winters -- organize quick pop-up weddings for clients in D.C. public spaces, sometimes to the chagrin of the local security guards. The Washington Post has a feature on PopWed Co. that details the pop-up wedding of Jennifer Miller and Michael Bennett, held inside the rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History. In the story, a security guard who interrupt is chided by museum visitors wanting to see the ceremony through. The Smithsonian website forbids public weddings from taking place inside their buildings.
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The National History Museum wedding cost Miller and Bennett about $1,500. Considering the average American wedding came in at about $30,000 in 2013, one can understand the appeal of the no-fuss, no-frills approach. At the end of the day, the newlyweds will still be married and have a lovely set of photographs to prove it. From The Post:
It’s a way to skip the trappings of traditional weddings — managing guest lists, renting a venue, worrying about whether Uncle Frank will make one too many trips to the open bar — while still preserving the romance of the day.
Half of Gaudaen and Winters' clients are same-sex couples who travel to Washington from states where they are not allowed to marry. The pop-up format appeals to those looking to quickly elope yet still hoping to have the moments preserved in photographs.
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