It’s a tough time for couples wanting to celebrate a wedding, with a recent global survey by The Knot Worldwide showing that around 71% of couples are rescheduling their weddings owing to current events.
Although most couples dream of a ‘wedding with all the trimmings’ – including a generously sized guest list and an elegant reception – for others, the main attraction with having a wedding lies in making a formal commitment to their fiancée. If so, an elopement could be an ideal way to ‘seal the deal’ while successfully skirting the many rules and regulations pertaining to group events. If you decide that you want this day to be all about you and your bride or groom, ensure that it is still a memorable, important day that is filled with meaning and love.
Choosing A Destination
If you were originally planning a wedding and reception but have decided to elope instead, then you may be thinking about spending the amount you had set aside on a destination elopement – one that kills two birds (the wedding and honeymoon) with one stone. Make sure you plan the ceremony in line with local county requirements. Some require that you wait for a specific period between the application for a marriage license and the ceremony, so gather all required documentation, and don’t leave things to the last minute. When it comes to choosing your destination, know that restrictions are consistently being imposed and lifted. In order to avoid booking cancellations, opting for a beautiful destination closer to home (one that can be reached via road travel) may be more practical. You can still go for a beach, garden, or mountainside ceremony, but taking airports and air travel out of the equation will go a long way towards making you feel more secure about your decision.
Checking Out Available Elopement Packages
Many hotels and resorts have responded to the demand for micro weddings and elopements by offering special packages that include the venue, officiant, romantic meal for two, and suite for the wedding night. For instance, The Resort at Paws Up in Montana, nestled within 37 acres of lush wilderness, allows you to wed by a romantic river and provides you with everything from a wildflower bouquet to a luxurious meal with Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries, a wedding cake, and a relaxing spa treatment. Wild Dunes in South Carolina, meanwhile, is offering elopement packages by the beach, with the option to invite a small number of guests. To find out what is available near you, call four and five-star hotels, and ask what their elopement packages comprise.
Sparing No Details
Despite it just being you and your future spouse, your wedding day should still be special, and that means wearing symbolic attire, taking time to find a suitable bouquet, and of course, having a professional photographer to capture videos and photos of your moment. You can use apps like LoveStream, Simply Eloped, or Wedfuly to live-stream key moments from your wedding, or simply ask your photographer to make short edits that you can upload to Instagram, Facebook, and other social media pages. You can also choose to have a dedicated website set up for your wedding. You can make this site private, accessible only to those to whom you provide a password.
Elopements are bound to increase in popularity at a time in which so many couples are being forced to cancel or postpone bigger events. You can always elope now and enjoy a bigger celebration with friends and family. Your ‘small but big’ day should still be special, with features such as romantic hotel stay, bridal attire, wedding rings, and photographs marking a special moment you can share with family and friends via social media.