If you’re here you may be contemplating whether not to elope. I may be a little biased since I am eloping for my own wedding but I’m here to convince you that its definitely a good idea! First I want to start off by saying, the definition of elopement has changed over the years. It’s no longer running away to get married at the courthouse without telling anyone, its now having an intentional day that is only about the couple no one else, in a place that speaks to you.
Reason #1 why you should consider eloping- You value experiences over things. If traveling is a priority to you, seeing new places, experiencing different cultures, than why not have your wedding somewhere you’ve never been before (or somewhere you have and love). Having an experience together that you can talk about forever is so special and something you will remember for the rest of your lives! Check a spot off your bucket list while also committing your lives to each other?? sign me up!!
#2 You don’t want the stress of planning a big wedding. You may have started the process of planning a big wedding and have realized this isn’t actually what I want! Or maybe you have attended so many of your friends weddings and just couldn’t imagine doing it that way. People don’t realize how much planning actually goes into a big wedding and it definitely can get overwhelming.
#3 You can’t see yourself spending $30,000 on one day… The average cost of a wedding in Ohio alone (which mind you is overall a pretty cheap state to live in) is $29,300 YIKES. I don’t know about you but I would much rather spend that on a bomb honeymoon! It all adds up quick and this isn’t to say it wouldn’t be worth it because it would. But it’s all about where your priorities lie when it comes to spending your money.
#4 Family Drama!! This is a big one. Lots of time when planning a big wedding your family/friends have tons of opinions about what they want you to do for your wedding. I’m a firm believer in you should do what you want on the most important day of your life not what your mother in law wants… Now you may be thinking I’m still going to have family drama if I elope. Well I promise they will get over it and if they really care for you they will support you no matter how you choose to get married.
#5 Traditions just really aren’t your thing. You don’t want a 100+ people watching you as you cut a cake or share a first dance. Skip the traditional route and do what you want to do.
#6 The environment matters to you. Not only the place you’re in but living a sustainable life. Weddings generate so much plastic waste. From the plastic cutlery, plates, cups, etc. The Green Bride Guide states that the average wedding produces 400 lbs or garbage!! Crazy to think about.
#7 You’re more introverted as a couple. If you don’t like being the center of attention or having all eyes on you, an elopement may be the best choice for you.
#8 You get overstimulated in social settings. The chattering, the music, the crying baby, it can all be a little much and leave you feeling anxious and overstimulated.
#9 You just want to focus on your partner 100%. You don’t feel like entertaining others, the only thing that matters to you is being present with each other.
#10 Last is my favorite thing as a photographer is… You want bomb photos of the two of you!! Imagine being on top of a mountain as the sunsets being twirled around in your beautiful dress, ummmm gorgeous! With a day completed tailored to you two, you’ll have so many amazing photos of the two of you to hang on your wall and remember the amazing day that you created <3
Are you convinced yet? I hope so!! haha I believe that getting married this way is truly such an intentional, unique decision that you honestly won’t regret. No one has ever said “man.. I really wish we wouldn’t have gotten married in Ireland and instead spent all of our life savings on a wedding in our hometown.” No one. So throw out the idea that you have to do a big wedding and choose to get married however you want! At the end of the day it’s all about you.