COVID19 and 2020
Let's face it, 2020 has thrown a curveball in the wedding industry for both you and us. Those of you that envisioned a huge wedding are being forced to postpone or make your wedding smaller to accommodate the restrictions. It sucks, no doubt about it. Let's talk about why an elopement might be perfect for you after all.
The Benefits of an Elopement
Less Planning and Overall Cost
Weddings are expensive and take a long time to plan! If you reduced your wedding from 100+ people to 5 or less, your wedding costs can go down by over 75% and let's face it, who doesn't want to save money?!
Planning a wedding can be very stressful! The amount of work and time that goes into planning a wedding is enormous. Some people can find this overwhelming especially right now when things regarding weddings are uncertain.
It Becomes Only About You
Planning a wedding can very quickly become about the guests and attendees rather than you. Your wedding should be about you coming together as one and expressing your love for each other alone or in front of a few friends and family.
How Do I Elope?
Check the Laws
Check the laws in the state you will be eloping in to see:
- If you need a license
- How long it will take
- If you need an appointment at city hall
- If you need witnesses
- If you need an officiant
Book Your Vendors and Travel
Book your most important vendors (Ex: Florist or photographer) FIRST as soon as you can. These vendors are likely filling up faster than normal with the pandemic and having to move all of our previous wedding to new dates.
Book yours and your vendors travel soon after.
Plan a Ceremony
This will include things like:
- What you will wear
- Where your perfect location is
- Will you exchange rings and vows
- How many people will attend
Out of the Country
Some countries are fairly easy such as Iceland, but it will likely be more complicated to get legally married in another country on the day you’re choosing to elope. A lot of countries will have things such as longer waiting periods and approved blood work.
Another option is to get legally married in the state/country you live in and have your elopement ceremony out of the country.