If you’re beginning to eat, breathe and sleep wedding planning and you’re feeling stressed out about who to invite (or who not to invite in some cases). If you’re beginning to struggle to make decisions and you want to save money, maybe you should ask yourself whether an elopement would be the best thing for you.
If you do decide that an elopement is a better option, you could consider having a ceremony that’s just the two of you (and your witnesses of course!) and throw a reception party afterward for your close friends and family. You could also hire a photographer to take post-ceremony photos of the two of you that you will be able to share along with your wedding announcement. Alternatively, the photographer can take post-ceremony photos at the reception as well as photos of the two of you alone.
When I used to hear the word “elopement”, the first thing that used to come to my mind was a couple getting married in a sudden or secretive fashion because they wanted to avoid parental or religious objections. I used to automatically think of a scenario where the groom would stand outside the bride’s bedroom window with a ladder and the bride would quietly sneak out of her bedroom window, slide down the ladder and they would both run away together in order to get married and never return.
Today, when clients mention the word “elopement”, I think of a small and intimate wedding experience which allows more emphasis to be placed on the commitment between the couple as well as close family and friends. According to statistics, 91% of millennials that are planning on getting married would consider eloping, and three out of five previously married millennials would elope if they had to do it all over again.
Just remember, if you do decide to elope now, consider making plans to have an all out 10 year vow renewal ceremony!
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