How to Organize An Intimate Elopement Without Upsetting Your Guests!

Elopements are perfect for couples that want a simple, straightforward marriage. Eloping is still just as special, but it involves less people, and less faff. You can elope anywhere in the world, which makes your wedding experience all the more unique. Eloping abroad, either just as the two of you or with a select few loved ones as guests, means that you can combine your marriage with an incredible honeymoon and travel experience.

Despite having to organise for less guests, elopements still need a bit of planning. So here are our top 5 tips on how to elope, complete with some useful inspiration and recommendations of companies around the world that can make the process even easier…

  1. Organize a Post-Elopement Party
  2. Splash Out on a High-End Hotel
  3. Book a Decent Photographer
  4. Don’t Stress the Small Stuff!
  5. Don’t Forget the Legal Requirements
Credits: José Villa.

1. Organize A Post-Elopement Party

If eloping allows couples to better enjoy the moment because they don’t have to stress focusing on their guests, often this new wedding trend, is not so appreciated by parents and relatives, who may feel cut off from such an important event. By organising “a post elopement” party upon your return, as suggested by The Italian Wedding Tailor, you can relive all the emotions of the day with your family and friends. It doesn’t matter how big or fancy the party is, your family and friends will appreciate that you thought about having a celebration with them! The “post elopement party” should be organised reflecting your style and personality, recalling details of your wedding day.

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Photo: The Italian Wedding Tailor
Credits: Motiejus.

2. Splash Out On A High-End Hotel

Wherever you choose to elope in the world, choose a luxury hotel in which to spend your wedding night. Since an elopement takes the focus away from the big party or the many guests, it becomes a lovely day spent intimately as a couple. You will save money on a big wedding, so why not splash out on the hotel? Choose one in a fabulous far-away location with amazing views, and you’ll never want your elopement experience to end!

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Credits: Hotel Westin Excelsior, Rome.
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Credits: Hotel Westin Excelsior, Rome.

3. Book A Decent Photographer

Normally on a wedding day you have lots of people around you taking pictures, but with an elopement they won’t be there! Therefore, it is imperative that you hire a photographer who is not only experienced with elopements – which bring a whole new challenge as the day is focused solely on the couple getting married – but one who is simply good. These photos are all that your mother will have to look back at your wedding day, so if you want to avoid a guilt-trip that will last forever, invest wisely!

We would certainly recommend the talents of Kaylee Chelsea Photography. This husband-and-wife photography duo are based in Phoenix, but are willing to travel with your for your big day anywhere in the United States. And you can see straight away just why you should hire someone like this pair – just take a look!

Credits: Kaylee Chelsea Photography.
Credits: Kaylee Chelsea Photography.

For a photographer who operates specifically in Italy, you’ll be in good hands with Max D’Alessandro of Scatti Spontanei. Max has mastered the art of being a discreet wedding photographer, especially during the vow ceremony. ‘I position myself in hidden places, which allows me to have the same point of view as the guests,’  he says, as the focus of his lens is similar to that of the human eye. You’ll therefore be able to have beautiful wedding photos of your elopement that are more spontaneous than posed.

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Photo: Scatti Spontanei, Max D’Alessandro

4. Don’t Stress the Small Stuff!

Your elopement should, first and foremost, be the best day of your life. So don’t stress and enjoy the day. If something goes wrong, whether big and small, don’t lose focus of the fact that you are marrying the one you love, and so nothing else matters.

If you’re looking to have a stress-free wedding in ItalyLuisa Di Massa offers A-Z planning to make sure your day goes as swiftly as possible for you. So, choose between the romance of Rome, the lush rolling hills or the golden Amalfi coast, and let her do the rest!

Credits: Luisa Di Massa Wedding Planning.
Credits: Luisa Di Massa Wedding Planning.

5. Don’t Forget the Legal Requirements

Once you have decided where and how to elope, don’t forget to check all the legal requirements needed. As a lot of couples organise their elopement abroad, it is very important to check immediately with the country’s embassy the legal details for non residents to be married there, in order to have enough time to get the required paperwork. You can’t risk to be obliged to postpone your wedding because of the lack of a document…

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With these 5 top tips, along with our recommendations of top international wedding planners and photographers, what are you waiting for? Get hitched in the most simple and personal way possible, by eloping in a beautiful destination of your choice.

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