Elopements are becoming increasingly popular as couples look for more intimate wedding experiences. Here’s what you need to know to make it simple and easy to make your dreams come true.
- Pick Your Preference
Elopements come in all shapes and sizes, from intimate ceremonies with just the two of you to micro-weddings with close friends and family. Start by thinking about what type of elopement you want and what’s most important to you. Do you prefer the beach or a mountain adventure? Do you want a private ceremony with just the two of you or the more the merrier with friends and family?
- Choose a location
Your elopement location is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Whether you choose a destination that has special meaning to you or a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting, make sure it aligns with the type of elopement you want. Check to see if your location needs permits, passes, or special allowances. Typically a local wedding planner or an elopement guide (like myself) can help!
- Hire a wedding planner
A wedding planner can help you with everything from venue selection to vendor coordination and more. If you’re planning a destination elopement, consider hiring a local wedding planner who can help you navigate the local laws and customs. (BlueBird Events in Greenville, SC is the best planner you’ll find)
- Choose your vendors carefully
Your elopement vendors are essential to making your day special. When choosing your photographer, look for someone who specializes in elopements and has experience capturing intimate, candid moments. When choosing your florist, consider their style and whether it fits with your vision. And when choosing your officiant, look for someone who can create a ceremony that reflects your personalities and love story.
- Plan for weather
Elopements often take place in remote or outdoor locations, which can mean that weather can be unpredictable. Make sure you have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, and consider bringing along an umbrella or other weather-appropriate gear. Always. Have. A. Backup. Plan.
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to planning the dream elopement of your dreams. With careful planning and a little bit of creativity, your elopement will be a day you’ll cherish for a lifetime.