Eloping felt secretive and exciting because it was! But now eloping is simply a way to ease your stress levels (in theory) and only celebrate with your partner, your immediate families, and maybe a few close friends.
Some people want to avoid the traditional stressors associated with planning a big wedding (venues, vendors, large guest lists), while other people don’t love lots of attention at their cores and would prefer to experience such a huge, life-altering event with fewer eyes on them.
It can be! Venues, catering, and guest lists are the top three things that can drive up the price of a wedding. While you will likely still have some type of venue and catering fees, your guest list will be much smaller—which is a savings.
Should we tell vendors we’re eloping when we contact them?
Yes! Eloping is a little rarer, so most vendors will assume you’re contacting them to hire them for a traditional large wedding. The needs for an elopement are typically much less than a traditional wedding, so most of your vendors will need to allocate much less time for your event.
Absolutely! There are plenty of people who will invite their immediate families and closest friends to witness their elopement. The key thing, however, is to keep the group intimate and small. Groups of 15+ tend to get into microwedding territory, which will be a bit more expensive.
Yes! If the idea of walking down an aisle in front of tons of people makes your skin crawl but you still want to share your new union with your friends and family, consider eloping during an intimate wedding ceremony with a small guest list.