Elopements are becoming a huge trend because it combines the beauty of a big wedding with the intimacy of a small get together. No one really wants to invite their aunt’s neighbor or their long lost cousin to their wedding, so an elopement is a good excuse to keep things simple and uncomplicated.
Still, a nice elopement still needs some planning. While other may feel that a day at the courthouse is well and good, some people still want a romantic elopement.
So what does an elopement look like these days?
Modern elopements still include the main aspects of the wedding, which includes a small venue, a place for the reception, and some wedding services. The modern elopement usually looks like a small wedding ceremony without the bells and whistles.
The bride still wears a pretty dress. The groom is in a suit. The loved ones are gathered together. But you don’t have to plan it for a year before you can proceed with the ceremony. Still, there are some things that you must prepare in order to ha ve a successful elopement ceremony.
What to Prepare for Your Wedding Elopement
- Who will perform the ceremony?
Some couples prefer to go to the courthouse to make things quick and address the rest of the celebrations in a different venue. That means that you must book a judge in advance. If you want a minister to marry you in a different location, you should book them in advance as well. This is especially important if you want to elope during the busy wedding seasons.
- Where will you get married?
The beauty of an elopement is that you can get married anywhere without having to deal with overbooked venues. Many couples rent out beautiful houses or do it in the comfort of their own home. We noticed that many couples are opting to marry in nature-themed locations like national parks, public parks, and destination locations. For this, you’ll need to get permits for public locations. That will be easy if you line up now at the agencies that deal with this.
- What will you wear?
If you want to get married within a short amount of time, you have no choice but to get an RTW wedding dress. Don’t worry. Many premade wedding dresses are quite beautiful and are ideal for elopements in various locations. Suits are easier to get, but the tailoring has to be done in advance. As for guests, the great thing about elopements is that they don’t need to feel pressured to follow a theme or dress code. Just let them know if you don’t want them to wear white.
- Where will the reception be?
When booking an elopement reception, it’s similar to getting a reservation for a large party. Elopements usually consist of less than 10 people, so it won’t be difficult to book a nice place to celebrate. You can even get a private room in some restaurants for an intimate celebration.
- What else do you need?
Before you go ahead with the ceremony, make sure you prepared your diamond wedding bands in advance. You should also think about booking a makeup artist and hairstylist that specializes in elopements because they cost less and are ready to book you on short notice. Don’t forget your wedding photographer! Many photographers are offering elopement shoots as well. In our opinion, they look just as good as traditional wedding shoots.
Now that you know what you need for an elopement, are you ready for your big day?