TOP 5 REASONS TO ELOPE
Lately, a lot of couples are forgoing a large, more traditional wedding for a tiny, intimate ceremony in the great outdoors. There are a ton of different reasons for the increase in adventurous elopements in the past few years. A lot of it has to do with the fact that couples often have to pay for their wedding themselves (which can be upwards of 20 thousand dollars for a pretty low-key affair).
Couples are also getting married at different stages in life, and a 35-year-old couple may not be as concerned about inviting 50 of their closest friends as the 22-year-old couple planning a giant, epic party.
People are also straying from buying and consuming, choosing instead to spend their time and money on traveling, experiences, and being outdoors. Whether it’s the (old but new) minimalist movement, or the rise of #slowfashion taking over on Instagram, people are caring less about “stuff” and more about enjoying an experience.
Adventurous elopements are the best way to save some money, get some exploring in, and do your day your way. Below are the top five reasons to elope instead of doing what your momma says and having the gigantic wedding you’ve never wanted.
1. You get to go on a mini adventure with the love of your life. It can also lead into a honeymoon if you don’t have the time or money to do a big wedding AND a luxurious honeymoon right after.
2. You can bring your focus back to you as a couple instead of the focus being on little details. These little things can be huge stress inducers in the planning stages, but won’t really matter five years from now. Think seating charts, wrangling RVSP responses from guests by the deadline, or writing hundreds of thank you cards after your wedding… Doesn’t sound like so much fun.
Yes, planning an adventurous elopement involves research, work, and planning. It’s still much easier and less time consuming to plan than a big, traditional wedding though.
3. You can spend more of your hard-earned money on what’s important to you. Instead of spending money on meals for guests, a large indoor venue, gifts for your bridal party, and invitations, you can spend your money on just a few things. For example, a photo permit if you’re eloping in a park, the wedding dress of your dreams, a beautiful bouquet, your photographer, and the cost to travel to your destination.
Your list of expenses is much shorter with adventurous elopements or a tiny wedding.
4. You can pretty much be guaranteed that you’ll have amazing, epic photos. You can definitely still have amazing photos with a traditional wedding. But for someone who loves the outdoors, images of the two of you in nature can hold a special meaning.
5. Elopement photographers can offer a more customized package to meet your vision. It also means you get to make a new adventure buddy and explore an amazing place with them! Many elopement photographers also offer coverage for multiple days, different locations, etc. Basically, a custom package just for you, which means whatever adventure you have in mind, they’ll likely be down!
Also, since so many elopement photographers love traveling and adventuring in the great outdoors, if you happen to be planning your elopement in one of their dream destinations (mine are Spain, Morocco, and Banff), you can probably find someone awesome who is willing to travel there with you.
If you find a photographer you love, check the travel schedule on their website, or just reach out to see if they would be interested in traveling to your location.
Cliff’s Notes: adventurous elopements
- allow you to have a wedding AND a honeymoon at the same time
- give you the space to focus on each other, your vows, and your relationship – the important stuff
- save you money
- give you amazing, print-worthy photos
- are customizable so your day can be totally YOU
They’re also becoming more and more popular, which is honestly a good thing for you. Why? Because it means you have WAY more resources available to help you with the planning process! Another good reason to elope!
If you’re thinking of eloping at a Canadian provincial park, check out this list of helpful tips from Parks Canada to get some info about permits, what to avoid, and how they can help you find the best spot for your elopement.
Trying to find a photographer but not really sure what style of photography gets your blood pumping? Go on Instagram and search #elopementphotographer, #eloped, or #elopement and start browsing to see what catches your eye. (This is also a great way to find some amazing locations!).
*TIP- to save an image, click on the arrow to the bottom left of the photo. From there, you can create and name your own collection for future reference.
I hope this gives you that final nudge you needed if you were on the fence about eloping! If you have any other tips, please leave ‘em in the comments below!
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