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If adding up the cost of your dream wedding has you seriously considering eloping, you do have an alternative: a pop-up wedding.

Also known as a fancy elopement, the pop-up wedding concept is a new trend that’s spreading across North America – and into B.C., naturally. But it’s not quite as spontaneous as it sounds. A pop-up wedding is carefully organized, put together by a team of wedding vendors who book and decorate a chosen venue for one day.

Couples then choose an available timeslot on that day for their own private ceremony (don’t worry – it’s not a mass wedding!). The advantage is you’ll pay far less than you would for a traditional wedding, since you’re essentially sharing the cost with other couples. And with all details taken care of, you’ll save yourself plenty of planning headaches as well.

Sound good? Vancouver wedding planners Cahoots Creative Happenings are holding a series of pop-up weddings beginning this summer. Billed as “Wed Fest,” each pop-up date has been booked in a different style of venue. All you need to do is schedule your timeslot then show up with your marriage licence and up to 10 guests.

The cost for each Wed Fest date varies, but every 90-minute spot includes use of the venue, a custom-designed ceremony, styled lounge area, bouquet and boutonniere, officiant, food and celebratory beverages, live music, a 30-minute photo session and a custom-designed marriage announcement.

This year’s Wed Fest dates include June 27 for an industrial garden-style wedding in Vancouver ($2,500), August 22 for a mountaintop celebration at the Sea to Sky Gondola’s Summit Lodge ($3,800), and an unconfirmed date for a stand-up paddleboard wedding in Deep Cove ($1,850).

While different vendors will participate in each event, the Wed Fest list currently includes Cahoots Creative Happenings and local wedding professionals Our Little Flower Company, Young Hip & Married, Kait Creative, My City Photos and Culinary Capers. You can find more details on the Wed Fest site.