Usher And Grace Miguel Are Married: How To Elope Like They Did

September 24, 2015  |  

Usher and his longtime lady, music manager Grace Miguel, got engaged in January and planned for an Atlanta wedding in summer 2015. But when the public didn’t see it happen, everyone assumed something went wrong.

Not so fast naysayers.

The superstar singer and his woman just decided to have a more hush-hush affair and secretly got married aka eloped followed by a honeymoon in Havana, Cuba, Us Magazine reports. Both have been previously married and have kids, so who could blame them for wanting to skip all the wedding hubbub?

“I have an incredible partner and manager,” he gushed to Billboard in October 2014. “She has helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and my career. She’s someone who’s been able to support and understand all of who I am. Not just as a dancer or as a performer or as a singer, but as a humanitarian and a businessman and as a person.”

Whether you’re feeling fatigued by planning, or just want to save money, there are many realistic reasons for eloping. But there is also the risk of making your family hate you forever. (Just kidding. Kinda). But before you decide to skip to the courthouse or exotic location or friend’s backyard, consider these tips for a smooth, family-friendly elopement:

1. Be considerate of other’s investments – Don’t elope if your parents/family have already sunk big bucks into this occassion, unless you can pay them back quickly. If it’s only your own money that is at stake, then it’s no biggie.

2. Hire a photographer – While some folks may be irked that there’s no big ceremony, you’ll soften the sting of them missing your wedding with a few gorgeous wedding day pics. Hire a photographer to follow you around for an hour or two to document your big day.

4. Bring the family – If you really want them to be there – let them know what’s up! Many hotels and cruise ships have elopement packages that can accommodate a small party. It would be great to have your kids there and you may want to invite a few friends too.

4. Don’t elope mid-argument – If you’re feuding with your family about anything wedding-related, don’t elope out of spite. That could result in years of strained relationships on both sides.

5. Let people know you’ve eloped – Be sure to send out wedding announcements after you elope, so your family and friends feel loved and included.

Have you eloped or are you considering eloping? Or do you think eloping is totally disrespectful to families?

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