To Elope or Not to Elope? The Four Benefits of an Elopement
Eloping is becoming a wedding-worthy contender for the modern day couple to consider.
When we think of eloping, we often associate it with the image of running off to Vegas and getting hitched in a drunken haze. But eloping has so much more to offer than meets the eye! And contrary to popular belief, it can be planned. While an elopement is arranged on a much shorter timeline than a wedding, it does not have to be completely spontaneous, and a little bit of planning goes a long way. If you’re torn on whether or not you should elope, here are four good reasons to seriously consider it:
1. You Get to Do You:
The spontaneity of eloping means that, more than ever, you get to focus on you and executing your marriage exactly the way you want to. You can be very informal and simple with a romantic backyard ceremony or go wild and get hitched in the Caribbean. The best part is you can do away with tradition completely if your heart desires! Eloping is the best excuse to ditch all the rules. HELLO! – red or purple dress anyone?
Even if that's not your cup of tea, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. There are so many fun elements you can add to an elopement to make it more special, such as going with an unconventional or boutique venue, a dessert-inspired menu or a statement decor piece!
2. The Price
Simply put, eloping is much more cost-effective than a conventional wedding. Whether you go with a professional package or plan it from the ground up, getting eloped can be very affordable because you’re dealing with a smaller guest count and trimmed down details, while keeping the most important elements there. There’s something about eloping that is just no-nonsense and down to earth, it reminds us about the best part of a wedding – getting married and celebrating your life-long love! Without the hassle of planning a giant celebration.
However, when that is all said and done, don’t expect everything to be cheaper. Many vendors charge for their time and may have to give up other potential business (that pays more) to do your elopement – which means having to charge you accordingly. Pick reliable vendors that won't skip out on you for better opportunities and stick with the services that are most important to you if you are dealing with an extremely restrictive budget.
Finally, to get the most bang for your buck, elope on a weekday (excluding Fridays) and/or during the off-peak wedding season (November to April).
3. The Lack of Family Politics
You should never feel guilty about choosing to elope – after all, it’s your marriage. In the end, you may find yourself having to justify your decision to elope to your family. Still, in many cases, eloping can often actually mean you face less family politics because you can easily explain your reasoning for inviting only the closest people in your lives. No more wondering if you should invite so-and-so because it would be politically incorrect in your family not to do so!
Couples who come from very large families with a strong familial culture (e.g. Italian, Indian) will feel the most relief in creating an elopement guest list in place of a regular wedding guest list. You won’t ever get stuck wondering if you’ll get on Aunt Lucy’s bad side because you didn’t invite her in-laws!
4. The Sky is the Limit
Because you are spending less on your actual marriage ceremony and celebration, you can go that much crazier with your honeymoon! Splurge and spend the amount of time or money you would on planning your wedding, on planning your honeymoon instead!
If you are keen on celebrating with family or friends who you couldn’t invite to your ceremony to make them feel involved - or if you just want to DANCE - plan an awesome after party! If you have a wedding planner arranging your elopement (yes, it’s never a bad idea!), you can talk to them about planning a post-elopement party. This way you save some face with any family or friends who may have been disappointed about not getting invited to your elopement, and you also get to have that crazy fun wedding night! It's a win-win for everyone!