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We had something similar occur in our family, only in this case it was the mother of the bride, not the bride, who was adamant about the first wedding being kept a "secret". The situation was this: The bride lets her parents know she is engaged to be married. The mother of the bride is ecstatic at the prospect of a "fairy tale" wedding. The bride is pleasant enough about it as in "go ahead mom, knock yourself out". About a month into the wedding planning however it becomes obvious that the grandmother of the groom, who is very ill, will not be able to travel the distance (on the other side of the U.S.) to the wedding. Indeed, it is probable that she may not even live to see the wedding. So the bride calls to tell her mom that she will get married in the town she is currently living in (also the town where the groom and grandmother live) so that the ill grandmother can be in attendance. Her thinking is that if her mom can hop a plane to drag her around every weekend to try on bridal gowns she can hop a plane to come to her wedding. The mother is at first extremely distraught but then almost immediately observes she doesn't care when/where her daughter gets married as long as the "dream wedding" is still on - and that no one who attends the dream wedding from the bride's side of the family knows she is already married.

Of course it didn't stay a secret. No one "told" exactly. After the marriage took place the couple set up housekeeping (with the dream wedding still a few months in the future). The bride traveled to her mom's a week before the dream wedding for fittings and other frou- frous and she was being harangued by her sister for being such a hypocrite - that the bride had always claimed she would not live with a man unless they were married and here she was "living in sin" etc; the bride is just rolling her eyes and ignoring the sister who then appeals to the mother (who is also in the room) and the mother hem-haws and looks at the floor and all of a sudden the penny drops for the sister and she starts yelling OMG OMG you're already married.

Well the groom's side of the family all thought the entire affair was a bit peculiar but they are an amiable lot and went along with the flow.
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