Planning an Elopement: How To Elope The Right Way?
“Elope ceremony” reminds me of going all in and throwing caution to the wind while you and your partner ride off into the sunset together.
Planning an Elopement
I’ve talked about elopement before and how it is no longer a wedding getaway because the marriage isn’t supported, but simply because having a secluded, intimate ceremony makes sense to the couple. You can either do it just the two of you, or include some of your favorite people there, but what it ultimately comes down to is having a fairytale ceremony focused solely on the two of you. What can be more romantic than that?
With that said, although eloping does not require as much preparation and planning as a regular large-scale wedding, there still are some nuances to take into consideration simply because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and we want you to feel your best. So, without much ado, here are some of the most important things to think about when planning an elopement.
First off, we start with the budget. In order to plan anything about the elopement, you need to know how much you are willing to spend. This will determine the following details we will be talking about, like the place of the elopement ceremony, the people invited, the time or how many days you’ll spend at the eloping place, and ultimately what you and your partner will be wearing. So, if the budget is tight, maybe you’ll opt for a local courthouse with small celebration afterward or went in some beautiful place around your town and have ceremony there.
Or, if your budget allows more luxury, why not wrap the elopement together with a honeymoon that you’ll remember for the rest of your life? You can find a local officiant who will marry you at the spot and maybe take some of your closest people to witness the whole thing. Now that you have the available budget calculated let’s explore elopement destinations.
The place for elopement
The elopement is a story you and your loved one are creating from scratch. There are literally no rules as to how or where it should be organized. On the beach, while the sun is setting? Yes, please! On top of a mountain? Why not? Skydiving? Heck yeah! A weekend getaway to a resort, lively city, or cozy, small-town hotel with all your family around? Sounds lovely! The best part is that you can organize your elopement any way it suits you, and it’ll all be amazing.
You can travel to a popular romantic destination like Vegas, Vienna, Venice, Prague, Paris, or organize a secluded getaway in a castle somewhere in Europe. Waterfalls, glaciers, jungle, or the beach are all excellent elopement ideas!
How to choose best time for elopement
If you’re planning on eloping on a mountain top, choosing to do so, mid-January may not be the wisest decision. While snow is lovely, storms can ruin your perfect getaway, so any of the other three weather seasons may just be a better option. A beach elopement in September may be better than mid-July when the temperatures are the highest. Come up with a date that suits the destination you are traveling to… oh, and one more thing. If you’re planning on taking your closest friends or family to the eloping ceremony, then you might have to consider a time that suits them the most.
As I already mentioned, you can have the elopement all by yourself with your loved one, and you can also have your friends and family there too. Whatever you decided will be a good option. Many couples try not to hurt anyone’s feelings, so they try to include everyone in the ceremony, but then you might as well have a big wedding at that point. So, if you want to elope solo, only you and your partner, but you still don’t want to exclude your closest ones, a wiser decision may be to include them through a video call. Set up zoom, Skype, or FaceTime while exchanging vows, and everyone will be happy.
However, if you physically want to get your friends and family to join, then you might need to make some compromises on the location of the ceremony. If you and your partners are avid hikers and want to climb a mountain and get married there, then not everyone in your family may be able to do so. So, you might want to organize two ceremonies at that point. One down in the valley where everyone will be present, and you will be exchanging vows, and one, a more intimate one, on that mountain top where you two will be exchanging private vows and enjoying the scenic views.
Also, if you have dogs you want to bring to the location, you may want to see if it’s allowed and what tools you will need for a specific location.
While eloping sounds like a fairytale and is all romantic, you do need to think about the legal things to make your marriage legal in the eyes of the state/country. So, first off, check if you need permits for a ceremony on a specific location. You may be able to get a local officiant to marry you on the spot while eloping. If not, you can also do it before the elopement wedding or after the eloping when you come back from the trip. Inform yourself what documents you need to have based on where you live and go make it official!
Vendors for Elopement
The beauty is in the details!
Now that we have talked about the big things that require a little more planning let’s not forget about the small things that make the whole elopement all the more beautiful.
Since you’re hiring a professional photographer to create a story out of your perfect eloping, you may need to think about hiring a makeup artist and a hairstylist.
Think about a bouquet and the clothes you’ll be wearing. There are no rules on wearing a gown when eloping. You can, and you don’t have to if you don’t want to. So, plan the clothes and think about a bouquet too. That might be a lovely addition.
Also, if planning on eloping on a glacier or a mountain top, what will the trip look like? Check to see if maybe you or your guests will need to rent an RV or camp in a tent or even find the closest Airbnb near the eloping location.
With that said, I believe we have covered the most important things to look into when planning an elopement ceremony. For any questions or doubts, do not hesitate to contact me. I’d be more than happy to help with the planning of your perfect elopement.
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