Planning An Elopement

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How To Plan An Elopement

Over the years, it seems as though more couples are ditching the planning + politics of a large wedding and opting for a much more intimate setting. Whatever the reason for eloping, it's still important to make that day as special as possible, so make sure to take a look at some lessons learned from planning an elopement.

 

I. BE PREPARED FOR STRONG REACTIONS FROM OTHERS

No one likes to upset family and friends, but you can't please everyone, nor should you. You can try to anticipate the reactions of your loved ones, but until it happens, all bets are off. But don't get discouraged. Although some people may not agree with your decision, hopefully they can respect it.

 

II. MAKE IT ALL ABOUT YOU + YOUR PARTNER

This is your wedding day! And the long checklists and timelines are not looming overhead. Your elopement is completely centered on you and your partner doing everything you ever wanted. Try to make every aspect personal to you both. Eat your favorite cuisine, stop by your favorite places and have fun!

 

III. HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEOGRAPHER

We strongly suggest hiring a photographer and a potential videographer for your elopement. These people will document your special day so that you can relive it together and with family for years to come. When you elope, there is on audience, which is why capturing it on film and video are so important.  

 

IV. A PARTY OF TWO DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN LESS

Unfortunately, not everything is more cost effective just because there's two of you. For example, a photographer may still need to accompany you for the same number of hours as a typical wedding package. If you plan on hiring a florist, keep in mind that ordering smaller volumes of flowers can increase the price. 

 

V. TO POST-PARTY OR NOT?

It's okay and normal to feel guilty about your decision to elope. But don't feel like you have to justify your decision. This is YOUR wedding. Good friends and family will understand and wish you all the best. And if you still want to share your newlywed joy with your loved ones, have an intimate gathering for people to stop by and congratulate you both.