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7 reason why you should consider eloping

For many bride and grooms, a big wedding is more of a stress than a dream come true. I think everyone deserves to have a wedding that celebrates their love and uniting them as a married couple. But I wanted to talk about elopements, a kind of wedding many bride and grooms don’t consider until they are deep into planning process and the wedding is quickly approaching. Granted an elopement isn’t for everyone, but if you are considering eloping and forgoing a large wedding, here are a few reasons you might want to pull the plug on the big wedding and plan an elopement instead. Here 7 things to consider when you're contemplating on planning an elopement!

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1: Make it all about the two of you

A big reason the reasons to elope is that your wedding day will only be about you and what you want. Often at large weddings even with trying to stick to what you and your finance like, it’s inevitable that others will voice their opinions on what you should and should not do, Often bride and grooms compromise on something that was really important to them in order to make a family member or friend happy. There is nothing wrong with considering others feelings and ideas. But eloping allows you to eliminate some the aspects of a wedding, such as things that puts the focus on the comfort, entertainment, and contentment of your family and guests. If walking down a long isle while hundreds of people look at you scares you, if reading your vows in front of a large group of people makes you nervous, or the putting together a seating chart that pleases everyone gives you anxiety, then an elopement might be perfect for you!

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2: Guest list

Having to seat and feed your guest list, inviting people to your wedding can cause be a source of stress for some. If you’re dealing with divorced parents, toxic family members, or narrowing down a lifetime of friendships, putting together a guest list that doesn’t hurt feelings can be really hard. Bride and grooms feel the pressure to please both sides of the families, while also trying to do what they really want for their wedding. And another stressed is choosing who will be in your bridal party. It’s especially tough for you if you’re one with a lot of close friends, family (sisters, cousins, sister inlaws etc) Brides often feel pressured to make all of your girlfriends be your bridesmaids. And then to some of your friends may expect or get even get upset if you don’t pick her to be your maid of honor. Well now you don’t need to think about any of that if you’re eloping!

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3: Keeping it on budget

Many times wedding planning decisions come down to budget. Without having to accommodate for a large guess count, how you spend your budget is entirely up to you. If you’re working within a very tight budget, you can still have an unforgettable and beautiful elopement. If your budget is small stick to a local location, wear a simple dress and suit it doesn’t have to be over the top expensive, and above all, hire a professional photographer to have someone capture what will be some of the sweetest and most beautiful moments of your life. If you have a larger budget to work with and love the idea of eloping, prioritize what is most important to you! For example, that dream dress may not have been realistic with a full-sized traditional wedding, but might be doable for an elopement. Not having a large guest list that you have to feed and entertain may allow you to travel somewhere far away to say “I do”. With a larger budget you could hire not only your dream photographer, but maybe even a videographer to capture the experience. If these budget considerations make you smile, then an elopement might be for you!

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4: Work it into your honeymoon

Since we are on the subject of budget, sometimes couples don’t consider into their wedding budget is the honeymoon. Often bride and grooms have to delay or even forgo their honeymoon because they have to recoup the amount of money they spent on the wedding, especially if they went over budget. If you decide to travel somewhere exotic for your elopement, you may be able to double up on the fun and enjoy your honeymoon right away! Since there is just the two of you (and maybe a handful of guests), you can get really creative with your wedding location. Want to get married on a mountaintop? Inside a forest? At your favorite cafe? On a remote beach? You can literally go anywhere with the two of you. That’s the beauty of elopement!

5: Celebrate how you want

I’m not telling you you to kick all your friends and family out of your life to becoming husband and wife. But that doesn’t mean they have to be there to witness it. They can still celebrate with you with a party when return! Share the exciting news with your loved ones by throwing a small party so they don’t feel left out. Since it’s not a traditional wedding, you could have a small gathering in a friends backyard if that’s what you want, if some guests wanted to dance get a bluetooth player and set up a playlist. Of if you want a nice evening out with your close friends and family, have a nice dinner at your favorite restaurant.

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6: Planning it quickly

There are many reasons why couples choose to elope , this can ranging from unforeseen happing, family obligations, and / or military deployments. Sometimes for those reasons a short planning duration is easier than waiting six months to a year before they can tie the knot. Not to mention It is difficult to plan a large guest count wedding in a mater of weeks. However, an elopement is much easier to plan in a short period of time.

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7: You can still have a photographer

As a wedding photographer I will tell you that I love shooting elopements. There is something so incredibly beautiful and emotional about a small intimate elopement. The photos are all about you and the union between you as husband and wife. Your photos are another great way of including your friends and family there with out having to stress about a guest list. As another budget saving tip, most wedding photographers offer a small discount for elopements. Especially if the wedding is held during the week and in the off peak wedding season. I offer my elopement clients the option to take one of my traditional packages at a small discounted rate if the wedding is on a week day during off peak wedding season. (december - march) Or to be paid by the hour with a minimum of a three hour commitment. Just because you’re choosing to elope rather than have a large traditional wedding, this doesn’t mean you have to forgo photography!

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