10 Tips for Eloping

As you may know, planning a wedding can be a very stressful time. Deciding who to invite, what flowers to use, what to serve at the reception, all the little details… There is just so much to do, and it seems like there is never enough time to get everything done!

Eloping can help you save on that stress at least a wee bit. See our ten tips below to help you get the most out of your elopement!

  1. You can splurge on the things you consider most important. Because there will be less people there (or none at all depending on your plans), you won’t have the huge overhead expenses that most weddings have. That means you can choose the items you consider most important to put a little more of your money into–more bang for your buck. Maybe you want super awesome wedding favors for your closest friends who will be joining you. Maybe you want a unique flower now that you won’t have to have several bouquets. Or, maybe you are saving the extra for your honeymoon. 🙂

  2. You can have a venue that coordinates multiple parts of the wedding so that there is less for you to worry about. Places like Chapel in the Hollow offer packages including the venue, photographer, and officiant so there are two more things to check off of your list.

  3. With less people needing your attention, you will have more time for the other guests and for your photography! That means you will end up with more photos of just the two of you which is what the wedding day is all about. Be sure to have a great photographer so that your day is well documented–you want to have all of those tangible memories to look back on later!

  4. You can use unique seating ideas since you won’t have to have 100s of seats. Maybe you want vintage sofas for your guests? Or, maybe you want to mix and match with different furniture? Maybe you want everyone surrounding you in a circle to really be part of the ceremony? So much is possible with an intimate wedding.

  5. Everything is all about you!! Without the conflicting personalities that you might otherwise feel the need to please, you can truly make your wedding day all about the two of you. Throw away all of the traditions and conventions that don’t match your personalities and really focus on those that mean something to you.

  6. Don’t feel guilty. As we’ve said before, the wedding day is all about you! If you decide to elope, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it. It’s your special day, and it’s okay for people to celebrate differently.

  7. Enjoy the moment! Another plus of having a small guest list is that you can be totally focused on your intended, and soak in all of their love and affection. Things can get hectic on a traditional wedding day because of all of the things to take care of and the people to mingle with. It can often mean that you don’t get to spend but a few moments of time really connecting with your partner. Intimate weddings and elopements are your chance to glory in the company of the person you’re starting your new chapter with.

  8. Don’t feel like you can’t go big. Just because it is intimate doesn’t mean that you can’t make it opulent. If that’s your style, go all out, and enjoy every bit of it.

  9. Keep in mind that there are different regulations for marriage depending on where you are when you tie the knot. Find out some info here that will help make sure all of the bases are covered in our neck of the woods.

  10. Hiring a planner can still be very helpful. Yes, elopements are small which means there are less details to coordinate, but there are still plenty of things that can be made easier with a little help. Hire a planner who knows the area you will be married in so that they can help you get the vendors who will help make your wedding day perfectly you.

Contact us today to elope at Chapel in the Hollow!!

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