If the mere thought of planning a wedding is already stressing you out, then maybe it isn’t right for you to throw a large-scale wedding. Maybe you are a more intimate, private person who never dreamed of being the center of attention for an entire day. If this sounds like you, then it seems like an elopement could be the perfect match! 


Elopements have become increasingly more popular among brides, and for good reason! It saves money, avoids fuss and stress, and it’s more intimate (to name a few reasons!). After you and your partner talk, if you’ve both agreed that an elopement is best for you then go for it! Don’t be fooled, there is still a little bit of planning involved, but we are here to walk you through it!


Where and When

Decide the location and date you are going to elope. Are you going to go to the courthouse or are you hopping on a plane to somewhere more remote? 


Make It Legal

Unfortunately, elopements can’t be as spontaneous as people may think, unless you don’t care about it being legal. Assuming you care about making it legal, make sure you check on any requirements for the location you plan to wed in like a marriage license and when to apply.


Budget and Book

While it is no doubt less expensive and less planning to elope than a full blown wedding, it still does cost money and can take a little bit of planning. Here is what you will want to consider:

  1. Attire
  2. Officiant
  3. Photographer
  4. Bouquet/Boutonniere
  5. Hair/Makeup
  6. Dinner/After Party


Personal Touches

Just because you aren’t having a full ceremony and reception, doesn’t mean you can’t put your personal touch on your special day. Write your own vows to read to one another and pick a date to elope that holds meaning.


Spread the news

If you elope just the two of you, make sure you tell your close loved ones. If the roles were reversed you wouldn’t want to find out on Facebook or Instagram that your best friend got married and didn’t tell you first, would you?



Regardless of how you got married, it is still worth celebrating! You can plan for a small dinner or brunch after making things official, or you can plan a small after party a few weeks later to celebrate with everyone you love. 


Photo Credit: Wild Onyx Photography