I think eloping has always been sort of a taboo but now, I think it is becoming more and more of a sweet tradition! So if you’re torn between that ‘big’ day and the romantic gesture of eloping, here are some thoughts to help make the decision a little easier!
First, make sure that eloping is what you and your fiancé TRULY want!
People (especially close friends and family) are going to question why you eloped… so be proud and explain with honesty! If breaking your parent’s hearts is the one thing from leaving that big huge day behind, bring along your parents and maybe even your best friend as a witness if you aren’t set on it just being the two of you! This way, you can still maintain some of those wedding traditions by getting ready with those important women/men while still getting that elopement feel!
Second, don’t forget to make sure it’s legal!
Make sure wherever you decide to elope, whether it be in your home state or out of the country, that you understand what you need before you take off … Like an officiant, witness and your marriage certificate!
Third, don’t skimp just because you’re eloping!
Just because it’s just the two of you (or a very small crowd), doesn’t mean you still can’t hire that local wedding planner, a photographer, a videographer, etc.! And don’t forget to spoil yourself as a couple with a gorgeous dress, suit and much more!
Fourth, make your day looks just as you envisioned!
Decorate the area where you’ll exchange vows just as you would if you were having that ‘big’ day! And set up a sweetheart table topped with your perfect centerpiece, bottle of champagne and your first dinner as a married couple!
Fifth, don’t forget that marriage announcement!
Your friends and family will be wondering the status of your engagement so this is the perfect way to show off those incredible wedding photos and let them know you got hitched!
Last … And the most important step … Relax & have fun!
Remember, you did this because you didn’t want the stress of that big wedding, so enjoy yourself because at the end of the day, if you’re married to your best friend, that’s ALL that matters!
‘Take my hand and we will run away…’