Six Reasons Why You Should Consider Eloping

Wedding Planning
A wild elopement on the Isle of Skye by Maureen Du Preez
15th April 2018 / By / 1 Comment

Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to run away and get married, just the two of you, in a way that you’ll both remember forever? In case you are considering an elopement, here are 6 reasons we love elopements.

Six Reasons Why You Should Consider Eloping

Couple embrace after their Scottish elopement by Maureen Du Preez

Image by Maureen Du Preez

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TWO OF YOU

Isn’t that what all weddings are about I hear you ask? Well, it should be, but sometimes between debating what flavour cake you should have or crafting a military-like strategy to avoid keeping your recently divorced Aunt and Uncle from any awkward situations can slightly take away from why everyone is there – to celebrate the union of two people in love. If you’re the kind of couple that cares more about great adventures than swanky celebrations, why shouldn’t you do that for your wedding too? When you elope, it’s all about you.

IT TAKES MUCH LESS TIME TO PLAN

Elopements take much less time to plan than a big wedding. There’s no need to spend months searching for a venue big enough to house and feed 100 wedding guests. If your happiest memories are skiing down the Vallée Blanche in Chamonix, then BOOM!, you’ve found your location. You might have to sign the legal paperwork somewhere else, but once that’s done your free to find a location that lights your soul on fire.

YOU DON’T NEED TO THINK ABOUT A GUEST LIST

No more spending hours organising seating plans or considering dietary requirements from your vegan aunt or your gluten-free second cousin, or trying to draw the line of which old university friends or work colleagues warrant an invite without offending anyone. Does the thought of ditching all the guests actually bring you a sense of relief? Perhaps eloping might be for you after all. You can always throw a big party when you get back and just invite everyone in your (and your parents’) address books.

YOU CAN SAVE A TON OF CASH

Weddings can be pretty expensive affairs. And while it’s not what a lot of couples talk about openly, budget plays a large role in a lot of the decisions that they make. As the guest list increases, so do the costs. Then there are all of the things that you are *told* you need, like expensive guest favours and matching wedding stationery. When you don’t have to feed 100 people, perhaps you can afford your dream dress or plane tickets to say your vows on a glacier in Iceland or to book that amazing photographer whose work you adore! You can allocate your budget to the things that you value the most.

YOU DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT STAGE FRIGHT

Not many people like to be the centre of attention. If you dream of writing your own vows and sharing them in an intimate moment with just the person your marrying, then an intimate elopement ceremony is the perfect option.

YOU CAN INTEGRATE IT WITH AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME

Many couples dream of going on a great adventure for their honeymoon but once wedding costs take over, honeymoons get postponed. When we got married in 2014, like many couples, we paid for most of the wedding ourselves. Our dream was to visit Madagascar for our honeymoon but after the wedding, we didn’t have enough money or holiday days left so we had to rethink our plans. The money you save from not having a big wedding could go towards an planning the adventure of a lifetime.

 

Six Reasons Why You Should Consider Eloping

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  1. Love what your guys…& love to join the party 🙂

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