Eloping has always been a tantalizing option for couples – especially in the throes of wedding planning. But nowadays, couples who choose to elope are infusing an old idea with a healthy dose of contemporary glamour. (Don’t believe us? Check out this article in The New York Times.) No more running off to Vegas to get married in a tacky wedding chapel by an Elvis impersonator – your elopement can be a little thing of beauty. Don’t think of it as an elopement – think of it as a miniature destination wedding! Here are four ways couples can give their elopement a serious upgrade.
Professional photographers: Wedding blogs have changed the way we look and think about weddings – if you’re a cute couple with fabulous style and a sense of adventure, there’s no reason you shouldn’t hire a wedding photographer for a couple of hours to document your little big event. That way, once your photos hit Facebook, your friends and fam won’t feel they’ve missed out. Don’t know where to start looking? Check out this video on how to find and choose your wedding photographer!
Elopement packages: Hotels, cruise ships, and resorts all over the world are extending special offers to couples who are looking to wrap their wedding and honeymoon experience into one tidy package. Such elopement packages often come with an officiant, flowers, cake, and a special dinner for the happy couple – minimum! What’s even better – companies like Sandals will even throw in a basic wedding package for free when you book a stay of 6 nights or more! They even have “WeddingMoon” packages designed by Martha Stewart!
A special splurge: What’s the one thing that’s giving you second thoughts about eloping? Not getting to wear a designer wedding dress? Missing out on a fabulous meal? Wedding gifts? There’s no reason you have to miss out! If you can afford it, treat yourself! There’s no hard and fast “eloping etiquette” – your elopement can be whatever you want it to be! You could even use Zankyou to set up an “elopement registry”!
The more the merrier: While the exquisite solitude is a main draw for many elopers, there’s nothing that says your elopement experience should only involve the two of you. Rent a limo, kidnap your best friends or immediate family, and make a memorable, weekend-long affair out of it! You’ll need two witnesses anyways – so why not just invite a dozen of your nearest and dearest?
Are you and your fiance considering an elopement? We want to hear all of your fab elopement ideas! If you’re looking for some un-wedding inspiration, check out this staged wedding event – The Not Wedding!
Thanks to Tana Photography for the use of their lovely images!
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