Traditionally, an elopement referred to running off, spur of the moment, to get married without telling anyone. Perhaps the reason to elope was because of a lack of family support. But that is not how elopements are defined today! Today, the definition of an elopement wedding has shifted to mean a small intimate ceremony, often coupled with a destination location such as Colorado, Hawaii or Iceland. There are many reasons a couple may choose to elope. Check out some of the most popular reasons below!
Reason to Elope #1 - Authenticity
Many couples cite the desire to mark their milestone in a way that feels authentic to their love story. Instead of feeling like they have to check a bunch of boxes for relatives or because “that’s the way we do things”, the couple can craft their experience that reflects their values. From bespoke traditions to holding the ceremony in a location that holds personal significance, you and your beloved can select exactly what you want the day to look like.
Reason to Elope #2 - Budget
With an elopement, you have more control over what you spend. The average cost for a wedding is over $30,000! An elopement can minimize the typical costs of a wedding, from removing the need for typical costs like, invitations or catered dinners. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a private chef or cake and bubbly. It’s just a smaller scale, so you can splurge a little and get a more luxe bottle. Another popular option is combining your wedding with your honeymoon destination. For some couples, they only hire a single vendor for their elopement. What would that vendor be?!? A photographer and videographer to capture the day, of course!
Reason to Elope #3 - Stress
A major reason is because the couple is foregoing the stress (and price tag!) of a large wedding. From having to make sure Aunt Marge isn’t sitting next to Cousin Linda because of that spat they had 15 years ago about the Christmas ham to ensuring that guests’ food allergies are accounted for, an elopement reduces complexity. While there can still be decisions to make with an elopement, as part of my elopement package, I guide couples through choices and help with the elopement planning process. Interested?
With the decorations, flowers, invitations and napkins, traditional weddings produce a lot of waste. A typical wedding can produce up to 600 pounds of waste product. Elopements do produce carbon emissions due to the travel. However, since elopements are a smaller wedding party, there is less carbon emissions and it is easy to buy credits to offset the pollution. Cool Effect and Terrapass are two reputable providers.
Reason to Elope #5 - Intimacy
An elopement wedding gives you much more intimacy. You free yourself to spend time focusing on each other and the personal moments between you. Because it is only the two of you or a small group, you do not have to worry about dividing your attention between all the guests. This allows you to be present in the here and now, soaking up each moment, each glance, each gleeful grin.