Top 6 Things to Consider When Eloping
Many couples choose to elope on a whim.
They start planning a traditional wedding, realize that sucks, say "f*ck it," & decide to elope.
That's great & I support you.
But eloping still requires some decisions & planning, so I've come up with a handy-dandy list to help you narrow down your options
1. Legal Requirements
First & foremost, unless you don’t care about getting legally married, do your homework.
Check any waiting period regulations in the state/country you want to elope in. This period can be on the front end or after you apply for the marriage license. Some states even require a blood test.
If you are getting married in a different country, research what paperwork is necessary. It's typically a lot.
2. What it means to you
Will it be just the two of you?
There is something just so romantic about running away with your partner. You wake up one morning & realize you can’t wait to marry this person. You want to get married & you want to do it now.
No muss, no fuss, all love.
Or is an intimate gathering more appealing?
Gone are the days where eloping has to be just you & your partner. Our fancy elopements allow for ~10 guests.
An intimate gathering is a great solution for the couple who wants to surround themselves with their nearest & dearest, while still making each other the center of the day.
3. What it looks like
If you’re like me, though, City Hall just wouldn’t do. I need more customization. Enter the fancy elopement.
4. Seriously, still have a photographer
No matter what way you chose to elope, for the love of god, get a photographer.
You will be kicking yourself if you don’t. Most offer elopement packages at a reduced price anyway, so cough up the cash.
Allow yourselves time for a killer portrait session.
5. How you’re going to tell people
Even if it’s just the two of you, still give your parents a heads up
If your mom is going to be pissed, give her a call ahead of time.
Some relatives will be upset, but stand your ground. They love you, will get over it, & really just want you to be happy.
Send them some pics by that professional photographer you got.
Elopement announcements are a thing
If you want to surprise everyone & you like mail, look into announcements. They are totally cute & your relatives will love hearing about it from you rather than Facebook.
6. Make it a vacation
You’re getting married! Why not roll that elopement into a honeymoon?
Take a few days (or a few weeks if you’re lucky) & take advantage of all of the things your elopement location has to offer.
For those of you eloping in Austin, I already made you an awesome itinerary.
Alright, kids, that's it. Now go get planning.
Choosing to elope should be less stressful, not more
Let us make your day both beautiful & seamless.
photos by Zach Hunt