Planning your elopement? We’ve got you covered with all the “do’s and don’t’s”…
Couples choose to elope for a variety of reasons. It’s definitely a quick and simple way to get married without much fuss and cost. For the year 2020 and beyond, it may also be about scaling back and having a romantic celebration for two without the safety concerns of gathering people together without social distancing. Sometimes it’s about saving money and sometimes it’s because your wedding plans have been limited by the COVID-19 crisis. Eloping is a romantic option. Here are a few of the biggest things to keep in mind for your elopement planning.
Make it uniquely yours.
Just because it’s an elopement doesn’t mean you can’t make it special. In some ways, the best thing about an elopement is that you can make it suited exactly for you and your partner alone. Keep it minimal and easy, or splash out with all the luxe thing you dream about. Customize the ceremony and vows and don’t feel obligated to follow tradition.
Pick a meaningful location.
You can definitely go with the city hall if that’s what works best, but there are so many other options open to you. If you’re free to travel, you can get married ANYWHERE, or you can keep an eye out for special locations close to home. You can even do it in your own backyard!
Plan ahead (the legalities matter!).
Elopement planning may be simpler but it still requires some paperwork, details, and research. First off is that you have to research the legal requirements in your province or state, and make sure to look up wedding licenses, witnesses, and officiants. A wedding planner (like us!) can help you sort out the details and reassure you’ve got everything covered.
Book a photographer!
Gorgeous pictures from your elopement are essential not only for the memories, but also sharing it with family and friends who weren’t there to celebrate with you. Video is another way to take your guests on the journey alongside you.
Have fun with what you wear.
Elopements mean you can wear pretty much whatever you want! It doesn’t have to be a traditional dress or suit, and you don’t have to go with a white dress. Make sure you feel superb in whatever you do decide to wear! Make sure it suits your venue, too.
Plan a post-ceremony celebration.
Make sure you plan something for after the ceremony, whether it’s a special lunch , dinner for just you two, or a special romantic getaway.
Friends and family can still take part.
It’s definitely okay not to include family and friends in your elopement planning, but if you’d like to include them, there are ways you can do that. One example is inviting your most special folks to attend the ceremony via Zoom, or ask one of them to serve as officiant (or witness). Another options is planning a post-elopement group celebration in the future, where your closest friends and family can celebrate your union with you.
Send out an announcement.
Make a plan for how you’ll share your marriage news, especially if you’re keeping your elopement on the down low and no family or friends know. Make sure you let them know BEFORE you make an announcement via social media. You may want to send out a formal announcement by mail—it can feel more special and momentous that way,
Lastly and perhaps most crucially…
Don’t feel guilty!
Your wedding day is about the two of you and your love for each other. That means you can celebrate it however and wherever you want! <3