Elopements aren't just are for those crazy kids anymore. Adults are eloping and their kids are with them! It might not be as romantic but at least it's quick and they can run around. It's very rare that I marry a couple that has no children. Many formal weddings have daughters and son's and flower girls and ring bearers. One of the questions I ask when I sit down with a couple is, "How many kids to you have?" It's not usually how many kids they have produced together, it's how many collective children they have. I love my wedding trivia! The current record is 17 collective children. The groom has 9 baby mommas. The close second is 15, with 7 baby daddy's. The third place runner up has 14 children but the groom ties for first place also having 9 baby momma's. Yes, this is real life. Real life is also family. Parent's lives revolve around their children and their wedding often revolves around their kids too. Many of my elopements are parents planning their wedding around their children's schedules. Indianapolis is a great place to visit with kids. Just walking around the canal and renting a paddle boat is a great way to spend the day. You can elope on the canal at the same time!
This past summer, a couple got married while they were in town for the drum and bugle corp championship. We had to wait to set a final time for the wedding until they knew if he was going to be in the finals or not. I've had couples travel from other parts of Indiana to get married in Indianapolis and take their kids to The Children's Museum or the Zoo. When same gender marriage first because legal in Indiana, before the surrounding states, we had couples traveling to Indy every day to get married. Many couples I met were mothers with kids. Some had little kids and they chose to stay at an indoor waterpark or near a place where their kids could just run around. Other families had already been to Indiana for Pride weekend and knew their way around well.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the biggest children's museum in the world. When we first moved to Indiana it was hot, I was nine months pregnant and I had a 3 year old. The guy that installed our cable said we had to go to The Children's Museum. We didn't walk, we ran, and we bought a membership the first day. At that time, with little kids, it was better than Disney! I literally mourned my kids outgrowing the place. I love it so much! A few years later I married one of the interns that had been working at the Children's Museum when my son was taking classes. This past autumn, a couple had their reception in the Dinosphere. I was so bummed when they didn't actually get
married there. It's still on my bucket list! It's worth a trip to Indiana just for The Children's Museum. It's super easy to get married while you are here too!
The Indianapolis Zoo is a wonderful place to visit. I've actually had couples come to Indy and go without their children. But if you are planning a trip to Indy at Halloween you can take your kids trick-or-treating at the Zoo. During the Christmas holidays the zoo is an awesome place to visit Santa, decorate cookies and enjoy the light displays. Last time we were there they had actual reindeer!
When planning wedding, couples often have to find an place in between where both families can easily meet. Indiana is smack dab in the middle of the country. I've had couples plan their elopement on Monument Circle who found out how quick and easy it is not only to get legally married in Indy but have a really cool elopement too.
Here is a great link to check out about things to do in Indy with Kids.