As elopement is usually spur-of-the-moment, to ensure you are starting your planning on the right foot, speak to a wedding consultant, and bounce off your ideas to them. Consultants can help you put your ideas together, provide vendor suggestions, design concepts, and logistical insights. When you have all these aspects analyzed, it will be easier for you to move forward with your wedding planning, and it will also allow you to make better decisions as you move forward.
2. Where to
You can make your own rules and incorporate your own style! You can go as far as possible or not too far (yes, it can be Vegas!). You can also go a hike or a hidden gem in another country; think about an inn in Alaska, right under the snow in the mountains.
You can always choose your favorite spot! Just ensure that you plan and check availability. Some venues and spaces also require a ceremony fee; ensure this to add to your budget.
As most elopement is a spur-of-the-moment, not everyone might be available and it might end up just being the two of you. Regardless of where you’d like to do your elopement, a wedding timeline will still be helpful. You will still need to get ready, do photos, travel (as needed), and still plan the rest of the day. Getting a timeline ready will help you enjoy moments accordingly!
Don’t forget to hire an officiant that will wed you and your partner lawfully. Depending on where you are married, speak to a wedding consultant, and/or your venue/location coordinator will also help you find the officiant who can legally marry you.
If you have close family/relatives and friends that are invited, still toast with them and have a mini reception; serve cocktails and drinks for 1-2 hours and enjoy the time with them, before you end off your elopement!
PRO TIP: Even if you plan for an elopement, consider hiring a photographer or a videographer to capture your day. You still want these moments captured beautifully, and only pro photogs and videographers can do that! Many photographers offer elopement/destination/travel packages!
6. Choose great vendors
Planning an elopement that is not within your immediate area of residence will mean you have to reach out to out-of-town vendors. You would still want to have some flowers and decor and really get your elopement jazzed up! Choose great vendors, and a wedding planner will help you pack light and only really bring the essentials.
7. Shop for the perfect (and appropriate) dress and outfit
Since you are eloping choosing not only the right dress, but also the appropriate dress and outfit will be best! For example, if you are doing an elopement out-of-town, or maybe even out-of-the-country, you will have to pack your dress and outfit. Think about the size (ball gown etc.) of your dress and how will that impact your packing. Same with shoes and other accessories you need.
8. Check the weather and pack back-ups
This goes without saying that you have to check the weather and pack back-ups. If you have a wedding dress, and there is a chance of rain, you can still wear your wedding dress, for photos, but also pack a non-extravagant wedding dress that you can playfully work with around. the other photos – rain and field shots, etc.
9. You can also make it virtual
If you plan to do an elopement with just the two of you, consider making it virtual so your closest family/friends can still tune in – and be connected. As mentioned earlier, search for local vendors that will be able to assist with this set-up.
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