The size of the wedding
Since the elopement was the Romeo and Juliet wedding, A.K.A. let’s get married for love, there has always been a feel of romantic spontaneity about eloping. Some elopements can be planned years in advance. However, since there aren’t as many scheduling constraints for things like venues or caterers, an elopement is a shorter runway to marriage. Even on the day of ceremony itself, you do not have worry about the timing of when to cut cake or when the caterer needs to close the bar. You have more flexibility for spontaneity in your schedule since you don’t have as many people or components to arrange. Want to spend more time smooching or popping champagne? Great, it’s up to you and your small group of vendors.
Most elopements involve some travel. It doesn’t mean going to a far flung place. Sometimes, travel can involve only a few hours of driving to a non-traditional venue. Most couple choose somewhere that is either part of their love story, like the mountains or some place they have always wanted to go. But as with most decisions around your ceremony, I recommend choosing something that feels authentic to you. While social media is peppered with photos in what seem like exotic or extreme locations, setting your elopement in your family’s backyard or even in the city can be a great choice. Creative locations make for meaningful memories and beautiful photos.
Hopefully, this helps you feel a little more at ease with the idea of an elopement. The best thing is that you get to decide what an elopement is for your ceremony. As you can see there are still quite a few decisions to make when planning an elopement. If you are feeling a little overwhelmed, I am here to help you plan from finding vendors to how to select a dress for your unique ceremony. As part of my elopement packages, I include planning services customized for the experience you want to have!
Eloping in 2020 or 2021? Read Celebrate Again’s article on Eloping during the Pandemic if you’re considering eloping during Covid-19. She gives great tips and helpful guidance! It’s a must read!