Whatever your reasons for deciding on an elopement for your wedding, there is still a reasonable amount of planning that needs to be done. It could be due to the recent pandemic, you might want to keep costs low, or you may just want your wedding day to be only the two of you. That’s fine! We’ve got your back! Read on for some great tips that should help you to plan your perfect elopement.
Get the Facts
Many couples elope in a different area to where they live. If this is what you are planning on doing, it’s important to know certain things about that area. Nu Bride advises researching “the area that you’re getting married in so that you don’t get caught out with any hidden charges.” Some places may have certain local taxes which could put a dent in your wedding budget. Be sure to find out as much as you can before you book anything.
Go for All Inclusive
If you are on a tight budget, or simply want to save for something else, like a honeymoon, consider getting an all in one wedding/elopement package. Munaluchi absolutely recommends this and says that you could save thousands of dollars just by picking out a venue that offers food, décor, a planner, or day of coordinator, even a photographer. As an example, why not check out The B Suite, who does just that? In addition to saving money, how much easier could it be to book everything all at once and have that peace of mind that it’s all being taken care of?
Out of Season
Carrying on with the cost-cutting a little, you can save a lot of your wedding budget by booking your elopement out of wedding season. You could perhaps save even more by avoiding peak days like Saturday and going for a day in the week instead. Be quick though, because according to Black Bridal Bliss, mid-week weddings are becoming more common and rising in popularity.
All the Legalities
Make sure you do everything by the book legally when it comes to planning your elopement. Will you need a wedding license? Are you having an officiant? Is a witness required? Consider these things, put them in place, and try and find out if there is anything else you will need and save yourself disappointment on the actual day.
Your Day, Your Way
“Incorporate traditions that mean something to you, not carbon copies of what you THINK you should be including without thought or reason. Have a look into some incredible traditions from around the world – see what you both love and perhaps incorporate it and ditch the ones that don’t resonate with you.” Nu Bride. We couldn’t agree more with this. It’s an elopement which, apart from the legal bits, you can design completely your own way, do what you and your future spouse want. If you both would like a beloved pet to join you on the day, do it!
Dress to Impress
Remember your first date? Do you remember excitedly picking out an outfit and choosing a stunning hairstyle? Why not rekindle those feelings of magic and excitement for the day of your elopement? One Fab Day says, “have some fun with your look and make sure you feel incredible on your wedding day, even if you're only dressing up for yourself and your other half.”
Have the Time of your Life
Our final tip; have fun! You’re getting married to the love of your life and whether it’s a full wedding, a micro wedding, or an elopement, don’t lose sight of that. Enjoy the planning process, let the excitement build, and be present with each other on the day!