Are you newly engaged and unsure of whether a wedding or an elopement is right for you? Here’s some of the benefits of eloping and why it might be for you!
You’ll save a LOT of money
We all know weddings can cost a fortune, but here’s a stat to make your knees shake. Traditional American weddings can cost an average of $33,391, according to this article by The Knot. Eloping, on the other hand, can be as inexpensive as you want it to be. Choosing to elope over having a traditional wedding can be an amazingly savvy option, especially if you’re looking to buy a house or spend on a nice honeymoon after your big day.
So. Much. Less. Stress.
You most likely won’t need a wedding planner, catering service, venue rental or even a florist. (Although we still highly recommend you hang on to this last one!) The infamous wedding day stress will be far from your mind. Oftentimes, eloping can be casual, laid back, and organic, which leads to a more authentic experience all around.
You can elope (almost) anywhere on the planet
When you elope, you get to take charge of your own day. No family dictating what will happen and where; it’s all up to you and your partner, the way it truly should be. And don’t forget the coolest part: you can elope almost anywhere, overseas or in the great ol’ USA! There are so many spectacular elopement spots at our home here in the US alone (check out our favorite spots!). Choose to elope on a mountain top, in a desert like Joshua Tree National Park, on a Hawaiian Cliffside, in a misty forest, or in the urban heart of a city like Chicago. The possibilities are endless when you choose to elope.
It doesn’t have to be fancy
Travel not your thing? You can elope in your hometown’s court house, or even in the comfort of your own living room (yes, really). Go the simple route for a cozy, low-key, intimate elopement you’ll never forget.
You get to choose a handful of your favorite people to spend it with — and that’s it
Let’s be real – families can be hard to navigate sometimes. Guarantee that your cousin’s boyfriend’s sister’s aunt won’t make an embarrassing toast at your reception by eloping instead. You don’t even have to bring anyone with you at all. It can just be you, your partner, an officiant and your handy dandy photogs (hi!). It doesn’t get more intimate, memorable and easy than that!
Really enjoy your day with your partner — they’re the most important thing, anyway
A complaint we often hear from couples is that they barely got to spend any time with their partner on their wedding day. This is always so sad to us — what else is your day about other than the person you’re committing the rest of your life to? When you elope, you get to shuck the responsibilities (read: stress) of a traditional wedding day and spend it in the present. You’ll be able to take it all in so much more easily and really spend it enjoying what matters most.
You get an unforgettable, one of a kind experience — and really killer photos
Imagine waking up on your wedding day. You and your partner awake right before sunrise and take some phtos while getting ready at the Airbnb. You throw on your wedding day clothes (dirty dresses are our thing) and hike up to an isolated, breathtaking mountaintop, overlooking the surrounding land for hundreds of miles. Mud kisses your shoes and the wind plays with your hair. Vows are exchanged between yourself and your partner while the wilderness around you pays witness to your love. Tears stream down your cheeks as you both say “I do,” and your officiant says those famous final words. Nothing is impeding your total presence within this moment, and nothing is more important to you in the world.
This is our dream wedding day, and although a full on wedding can have so many pros, there is no other way than this that we’d wish you to spend it.
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