Brides-to-be are jumping on a new trend to avoid the headache of wedding planning.
It’s called a pop-up wedding, and it’s a dream-come-true for couples who would rather splurge on a honeymoon or down payment on a home rather than fork out thousands for a one-day celebration.
“It’s so amazing — no headache, no stressing,” said Ellen Hang, who married her boyfriend of eight years, Jim Xiong, on May 7.
The entire celebration clocked in at under two hours.
Central Valley Pop-Up Weddings, owned by Sanger resident Barbie Carpenter, handled every detail.
“We provide everything,” Carpenter said. “What’s included in the package is a photographer, florist, baker, officiant, and the venue is fully decorated in the theme we choose. Rustic is very in, or we have a vintage theme.”
The Xiong wedding featured rustic wooden benches, white French doors and simple floral arrangements inside Clovis Botanical Garden.
After a 15-minute ceremony, the newlyweds had a quick photo session and then cut their cake.
“It was perfect,” Hang said. “Very easy. We just had to show up and invite 25 of our closest friends and family.”
An hour after the Xiongs left the venue, another couple showed up to say their I do’s.
“Our goal is to book two or three for each day,” Carpenter said. “That makes it affordable to the brides, because it’s like splitting the cost for the photographer and the venue.”
Carpenter owns Charming Treasures Event Rental, so she has a huge stock of farm tables, benches, couches, chairs, linens, backdrops, crates, easels, chalkboards, vases, candle holders, goblets, chargers and more — “everything you would need to decorate a wedding.”
When she saw that pop-up weddings were trending on the East Coast, she decided to try it here.
“It is scary for people when it’s new because they’re used to the norm,” she said. “But we’re hoping it will catch on.”
The couples can personalize their vows, cake flavor, and choice of songs for their entrance, exit and first dance, Carpenter said. “It’s stress-free and low-key. They just have to show up on time and get married.”
Ellen Hang and Jim Xiong, who both graduated from Clovis East High School in 2009, had previously married under Hmong tradition. Their May 7 wedding was an opportunity to be married legally, with the officiant and witnesses signing their marriage license.
The planning consisted of just a few meetings over the course of a few weeks.
“We met beforehand and she learned about our love story,” Hang said. It’s very personal; they get to know you as a couple. It’s not like a drive-thru wedding.”