Unconventional adventure. We think nothing describes an elopement better than the combination of these two words.
To defy the rules of how to get married are supposed to be is already an adventure that only an independent-minded and strong-willed person can accept. Just imagining the reaction you’d get from friends, workmates, and relatives when you tell them they’re not invited on the day you will marry is not for the fainthearted.
But aside from facing the challenge of receiving negative criticisms from people, an elopement is a positive adventure because you can travel to a destination spot with your groom and get married in that dreamland of your choice.
Once you get to that place with the love of your life, all the negativity you had to endure would be gone in an instant. Just think about having your vow renewal or eloping to Germany, Ireland, France or Italy and the panoramic views you’ll witness as you say your “I do’s.” And this, you can do by choosing a complete elopement package abroad that includes all the essentials to pull off a wonderful elopement ceremony.
However, the question of whether to elope or not should be weighed with so much wisdom. You should take some time to brainstorm with your partner and seriously consider the pros and cons of an elopement.
To help you see the bigger picture, let’s discuss the details of an elopement and have a full grasp of what this unique option presents. The following points are based on an infographic made by The Wedding Band Shop‘s John Cunningham.
To Elope or Not to Elope
Is the idea of a big wedding just not your thing? Perhaps super spontaneous types always looking for an unconventional adventure? Make sure to have a long hard think about whether its the right decision for you. Learn what to keep in mind when planning an elopement now.
The Pros and Cons
✓ Pro: It’s Far Less Expensive
Avoid the costs of having a massive reception with a ton of guests, large venue, decorations for a large space, and other related costs.
✘ Con: Potential Hurt Feelings
In an ideal world, people will be happy to let you do your own thing; but unfortunately, the real world isn’t that easy. You may have to deal with some annoyed friends and family.
✓ Pro: You Call the Shots
Elopement puts you and your partner back in control. You can make your own decisions without family and friends getting involved.
✘ Con: Fewer Gifts
If you want to receive amazing and touching gifts from family; it’s likely it won’t be as plentiful if you choose to elope.
✓ Pro: The World is Yours
Rent a little cottage in the country or exchange vows on a beach; the possibilities are endless.
✘ Con: Less Extravagance
Smaller weddings are often less glamorous affairs due to unorthodox locations and fewer attendees. If fancy soirees are a passion of yours, an elopement might not be the best option for you.
✓ Pro: Only VIPs are Present
If you do decide to bring a few friends and family, they are going to be the ones who matter most to you and your spouse.
✘ Con: You’re Dependent on the Photographer
With the advent of high-quality cameras on smartphones, you can build a great photo album just from photos that friends and family take.
✓ Pro: Privacy
It can be hard to truly share your special moment with 200 people watching you. With an elopement, you can focus more on your special moment.
✘ Con: Fewer Witnesses to Share the Memories
With fewer people, there will be less people to reminisce with about your amazing day. Everyone can see the video but they will never truly know how amazing your day was.
Questions before you elope
What’s motivating your decision?
- Some brides dream of having the day where they walk down the aisle with all eyes on them, but not all women are like that.
- However, some people may let family frustrations or arguments about wedding planning push them into elopement.
- Take a step back and ask yourself if you really want to elope or if the stress of wedding planning is influencing your decision.
What does your partner want?
- It’s about arriving at a mutual decision with your partner and finding some middle ground. It’s the type of scenario where you shouldn’t be making unilateral decision.
- Always ask your future partner where they stand on a big wedding vs. eloping and make the decision together.
Have you considered all the options?
- It doesn’t have to be all or nothing and more modest ceremonies could suit you.
- Perhaps you could have an intimate ceremony and invite more friends and family to pick up the party later that night.
Is there a chance you’ll regret your decision?
- Facing friends and family after the wedding and honeymoon may be something with which you’re uncomfortable.
- If you’re unsure about your decision to elope, take a weekend away to clear your mind of all the wedding talk.
- Whatever path you choose, you want to be sure you made the right decision.
From engaged to eloped: do’s and don’ts
If you’ve decided to go for it, well done you! Here’s what to keep in mind for a perfect elopement.
Do: Take care of all the legal details
Find out if you need a license and how long everything will take. You may need to get a city hall appointment and there may also be a requirement for witnesses.
Don’t: Downplay your elopement
Just because you’re eloping that doesn’t mean the day is any less special. It’s still your wedding and there is every reason to be excited and celebrate just as much.
Do: Hire a local planner, photographer, and videographer
You shouldn’t be completely on your own. Hire wedding professionals locally to help you with your day.
Don’t: Be afraid to ask vendors for special pricing
Because your wedding is a smaller scale with shorter time commitments, many vendors will offer special rates for elopements.
Do: Send marriage announcements
A marriage announcement is the perfect way to let people know what came of your engagement. It’s good to let friends and family know you eloped as they might be expecting an invitation. You can also showcase intimate photos of your special day on the announcement!
Don’t: Forget the budget
Even if it’s just the two of you, the expenses can still quickly get out of hand. It’s still important to sit down and discuss where money is being spent. Spend enough to have an amazing day but be a small but sensible.
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