5 Reasons To Elope

If you ever thought about eloping I’m here to help you navigate questions like why? Does it fit us? As time went on we realized that eloping is no longer taboo. It’s actually considered a very intimate, and beautiful experience.


Before I go on I want to let you know at the end of the day it’s YOUR wedding day. Whether you elope or have a big wedding make it all about you. Theirs so many ways that friends, family, and the wedding industry can tug you. Traditions can change, and be broken. I’m here to help you navigate those uncertainties and make the best decision that serves your special day.

Now, let’s dive into some reasons to elope.

1. Intimacy + Authenticity; Just the two of you.

So, this is one of my favorite reasons to elope. I think this is perfect for that couple who likes to keep things private, and low key. Or honestly what if you really didn’t want to share one of the most important days with others. Guess what? You don’t have to, and eloping allows exactly that. This allows for the most intimate moments to just be kept between you two, and break traditions or follow them up in your own way. Eloping doesn’t mean you can’t follow traditions; it just means you get to do them just between you two. Eloping gives you the freedom to express all of your love, and more without the stress or anxiety of having a big group sharing the moment. From first-hand experience I actually was so nervous I forgot my vows. When it’s just the two of you this allows for your most authentic self. You’re able to let go of trying to entertain your guest and really focus on being in the moment. You’re not being pulled away in different directions, and instead of going on your own timeline. You and your partner are able to direct how you’d like to spend your wedding day.

2.  The Experience.

The experience is once in a lifetime because you get to control everything. It’s a very unique moment tailored around who you are as a couple. Are you adventurous? Well, guess what your location is limitless when it’s just you two. You can practically go elope anywhere! The schedule to cut the cake, give speeches, have your first dance, enjoy dinner, and photograph just the two of you. During a traditional wedding, you’re constantly being pulled in different directions, and it’s all based on time. At the end of the day after all is said, and done you’ll probably have 1-2 hours to just hang loose. Eloping allows everything to move around YOU.

3. Stress-Free (or almost lol)

An elopement usually brings less stress than a traditional wedding. Elopements are pretty laid back, and practically stress-free since you’re running the show. You can start the day by enjoying that cup of coffee, and knowing you’re not following a 3-page timeline. The pressure of being on such a timeline is all gone. You can wake up start your day knowing today you’ll be marrying your best friend, and just enjoying each other for the day.  Imagine waking up, and heading over to your special location knowing that you won’t have countless phones in your face? Instead, you’re met with a beautiful location just for you two, and get to share your vows with each other in your own bubble. After you say I do you can do WHATEVER you want. You won’t have to jump from table to table trying to be present, it instead just be present for each other.


4.No drama

I mean let’s be honest we all have a little drama in our lives, and it often comes from the people we love the most. Eloping doesn’t leave room for the family to bud in. I remember when planning our wedding I had family that meant well, but they had a lot of input lol. This added stress and it wasn’t “fun” trying to plan in the midst of this. My husband really didn’t care for the traditional wedding, and it was more of me trying to follow my cultural traditions. If I could do it again I would 100% elope. I hope to one day be able to renew our vows in which it would only be my husband, son, and myself! Traditional weddings make you the center of attention, and if you’re not into being the center of attention well..


5. Money.

I don’t know about you, but I love to save money lol. Most of the time eloping will be cut cost in more than half. The average wedding in the US is currently $33,900!! Umm, that is a very nice down payment for a house haha. When we got married 6 years ago we originally had a budget of $10K. We actually spent $20K and I have no clue exactly where it went to? In the middle of our wedding we’re saying man when will we have a moment to breathe? We missed so many moments with our friends, and families because we were pulled left, and right. You can still have that dream dress, and get married at an epic location. The only difference is your budget is going directly into you. You are not budgeting for invites, table runners, centerpieces, etc. All the little things all add up before you know it.  Your entire budget is going to cycle back to you two, and theirs no better feeling than that.

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