What does elopement mean and why has it become the next big thing? Eloping no longer only means heading to Vegas and getting married with Elvis. The definition of eloping and an elopement has changed tremendously over the past decade and I am here for it.
An elopement is the perfect way to escape the norm and bring the focus of the day back around to what’s really important… You getting married to your best friend and your forever. Wandering weddings is now defining elopements as when a couple decides to celebrate their marriage with a group of 10 or fewer.
In a nutshell, an elopement is you and your partner thinking outside the box and doing your wedding day differently. Pared down to the knitty gritty, what do YOU want for your wedding day? Take away all the pomp and circumstance and what you’re left with is an intimate moment (that can last however the heck long you want) with you and the person you love.
It can look different for every couple, because remember, we’re getting away from the traditions here. Some couples will opt for climbing a mountain and pledging their love to each other with only myself, the officiant, and a few mountain goats as witnesses. Some couples will head deep into the forest with only their parents in tow. Other couples will head to the beach and invite only their 20 absolute ride or die people. As long as the true focus is on you and your partner and the fact that you’re pledging your lives to each other, nothing. else. matters.
Does this mean you can’t have florals or decor? Not at all! Does this mean you have to keep it a secret? Heck no!
Absolutely not! This day is about YOU. If you’re the type that wants to put on hiking shoes underneath your wedding dress and climb a mountain, let’s do it! If you want to go back to the park where your partner proposed and say your vows underneath a big oak tree, I’m down! Not to mention, you could elope on a boat, at your own home or even on a soccer field. The only rule to elopements is that you have to do what you and your partner truly wants.
Absolutely and totally up to you. If you want me to come hang out for 2 hours at the beach while you say your vows, pop some bubbly, and makeout with your new husband or wife, I’m down for it! If you are having a multi-day celebration with your closest friends and family at a resort in Mexico, consider me there capturing it all.
Abso-freaking-lutely! Its hard to put an exact guest number on what is still considered an “elopement” or intimate wedding. That being said, once we start getting into the territory of reserving venue space and feeding 35+ people, that leans more towards a full wedding. BUT since I do capture both, we can continue the conversation and make your day whatever you want it to be!
Planning an elopement can feel overwhelming and a bit too free formed. But don’t worry, that’s why we’re here to support you!
Once you have an idea about these three things, start reaching out to vendors and locations. You may even find that some of them specialize in helping you plan your elopement! (Like myself!)
Download my 5 Steps to Planning Your Elopement Free Guide to get started.
In conclusion, if this sound like the vision you have for the day you marry the love of your life? Click on over to my inquiry page and let’s start the discussion!