Your special day really can be however you and your partner imagine it to be. YES, really. If you wish to have 300 of your closest family and friends celebrate alongside you, then heck yes, DO IT!! Maybe you’re nervous about saying your vows out loud in front of your grandma and favorite coworker from the water cooler – that’s okay too! The radical beauty of eloping it is a celebration dedicated to you, a true reflection of your relationship. And guess what – planning your elopement on a weekday has some MAJOR bonuses!!
No matter what your dream wedding day looks like, there will be some costs involved. According to The Knot’s 2019 Real Weddings Study, the average cost of a wedding in the United States was about $34,000. On the flip side, an elopement can range from $2,000 to $15,000. (I fact checked this stat with Wandering Weddings, the elopement guide for adventurous couples.)
Yes, there’s green dollar bills involved – but its up to you how you spend it. If you choose to plan a weekday elopement, your tally of costs will decrease significantly. Put your budget friendly brain aside, and just think about it!
Without a doubt, there will be cheaper hotel and Airbnb rates from Monday to Thursday. You’ll find better deals on renting equipment for your adventure, like snowshoes, kayaks, horseback riding, or maybe even a dreamy helicopter ride. Couple your weekday elopement with off-season pricing (October to April), and you will be happy you read this blog! *wink wink*
Seriously, think of all the adventures you can go on with the money you’re saving!
Secondly, scheduling your action-packed elopement adventure will be so much easier! A standard wedding usually falls on a Friday to Sunday. You’ll quickly discover that the cake vendor you’ve been drooling over, or the photographer you’ve been following on Instagram will have more flexibility on a weekday vs a weekend.
Always book ahead with your reservations for admission to State Parks, for an at home dinner with a private chef, or a brunch stop in a quiet, oceanside town. Whether you are thinking of including a sunrise beach walk to start your day, or watching the sunset from the top of an epic mountain, there’s time for that!
Yes, I said it! The two biggest headaches that may occur – too many people, and a parking spot reeeeeeaaaally far away from the trailhead – can be avoided. Skip the tourists with their Ipads and flip flops. Say goodbye to waiting in line to tip toe to the perfect viewpoint. If you choose a major destination of choice, or a popular state park, it will feel like a hidden gem!
Turn your weekday elopement into an adventurous honeymoon – with more time on the weekend for you! Make more time for you and your partner by eloping on a Wednesday, or Thursday… Let go of your busy schedules, put down your phones, turn off your email notifications.
Who says you can’t go on a staycation, a road trip up the coast, or an amazing backcountry trip?! You can always add onto your Elopement Photography package to include a mini session the day after to capture some extra special memories in a second or third location. Anything is possible!
Is hiring a wedding planner not on your checklist? That’s okay!
You probably know already that I’m your new BFF and ready to chat about EVERYTHING elopement with you. From planning your timeline from start to finish, to selecting a ceremony site, and scouting for adventures at sunset, I am down for it all! Once we set a date for your elopement, there will be so much room for activities!! (Step-brothers reference, anyone?!)
Fun fact: I’m officially ordained in the state of Oregon. Check that off your list too!
BUT all that to say… there are some absolutely incredible elopement planners who will help with the nitty gritty of the day making everything have that beautiful, stress-free touch we all are after. While we’re off saying vows on the beach or up the mountain, they can be back at the AirBNB beautifying everything allowing you to just take it all in and relax. The best of both worlds!
Elope on a weekday! I’m telling you, friends – it’s going to be AWESOME!!!
If this wasn’t enough to convince to you of how carefree and easy a weekday elopement can be, please continue to enjoy these incredible memories from Nicole and Josh’s elopement in the stunning Mt. Hood National Forest. Annnnnd here’s some more inspo from another elopement in the Mt. Hood area.