IF YOU ARE EVEN THINKING ABOUT GETTING MARRIED ANYTIME SOON, YOU SHOULD consider ELOPing! KEEP SCROLLING TO FIND OUT WHY ELOPING IS magical and a terrific option for many couples!!
1. Making your love the focus of the day!
First on my list of reasons to elope is a biggie! By eloping you are making the decision to make the day about you and your partner and the love story you've cultivated. You are choosing to create and live a day that is meaningful and authentic to you two.
2. Going the untraditional route.
Another good reason to elope is creating your own, unique wedding day! If you're not feeling the traditional ideals of what a wedding should be, then eloping might be right up your alley. By eloping you get to chart your own path and create a day that is unique and tailored just to you. When most people go right, you go left. :)
3. Creating the experience you want without the drama, stress and expectations of a big traditional wedding.
Among the many reasons why you should elope is LESS DRAMA!! Let's face it - big, traditional weddings can be a ton of stress managing expectations, talking to guests, making sure everyone is having a good time and hoping things go perfectly. ENOUGH ALREADY! Your wedding day doesn't have to be this way! Don't you and your partner deserve to celebrate this day happily, stress- and drama-free and just having the BEST DAY EVER?! You two are what this day is about! Live it. Enjoy it!!
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4. Paying for YOUR experience and not your guests' experiences is one of my favorite reasons to elope.
Forgo paying for your guests to have a great time on your wedding day and use that money to create the most amazing day for you and your partner! All those wines at the open bar could pay for you and your honey to launch an all-day Jeep tour through a place you've always wanted to explore. Or the buffet everyone is enjoying could pay for your round trip tickets to that place on your bucket list. Now which one of those choices sounds better? I mean, it's the travel for me:)
5. Eloping is typically less expensive than big weddings.
With the average wedding coming in hot at an average of $34,000 and the average elopement costing anywhere between $5,000 - $15,000, it's easy to see why a growing number of couples are choosing to elope. For $5 - $15 thousand dollars you can create your dream elopement and still come in way under the average for a big wedding. That is what I consider more bang for your buck. :) Just another amazing benefit to add to your reasons why you should elope!
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6. Elopements are the most intimate way to say your vows.
Imagine being with your partner on top of an amazing vista in a place you've always wanted to see. With only a photographer and officiant there with you to witness this moment. Staring into your love's eyes and knowing this is the person to whom you are dedicating your life! Thinking about the highs and the lows, the amazing times and the struggles, the obstacles that you two have overcome together to get to this point. Here, now, it's happening. Oh boy what a feeling!
7. The possibilities are endless when planning an elopement.
If you can dream it, you can do it! The sky's the limit when it comes to creating your dream elopement day. I encourage couples to really look within and find what speaks to them and what ideas come to mind when they really think about what a perfect day with their partner would look like. Think about the terrain, what does it look like? Is the weather tropical, icy or in between? What time of year is it? Think about the activities you would do? When you start to think about what makes you happy, your vision starts to come to life! Then the possibilities become endless. One of my FAVORITE reasons why you should elope!
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If you and your partner are considering REASONS TO ELOPE, I encourage you to do a quick exercise of closing your eyes and picturing your perfect wedding day.
What does it look like? Do you picture mountains, desert, beach, jungle, waterfalls, snow or forrest being a backdrop, or a few of these? Or maybe a downtown urban wedding is what you envisioned?
What does the weather feel like? Is it tropical, is it foggy, is it rainy, is it snowing? What time of year is it? Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter?
Do you see having guests or not? Just you two and your photographer? You two, a photographer and less than 25 guests?
You two, your photographer, your dog, your officiant? As long as you keep the guest list down, you don't run the risk of having the focus being taken off you two and the celebration of your love.
Does that vision look like a big traditional wedding?
Or does that vision look like marrying your partner in a badass way, celebrating your love story in a way that has the most meaning to you?
What does your dream wedding day look like?