There are several reasons you might elope. You might decide that you don't want to deal with the fuss of a full wedding. Maybe you want to roll your wedding and honeymoon into one package, or you even want to avoid sticky issues related to who will and won't be invited. But just because you're eloping, it doesn't mean that your wedding has to be a quickie in Vegas, complete with Elvis impersonator. An elopement can still be memorable, touching and unforgettable if you get it right. Have a look at some of the ways you could make your elopement the best.
Pick the Right Place
The first thing that you need to do is make sure you choose the right destination for your elopement. There are so many places to choose from, and you could spend a lot more if you're not paying for any guests (or very few guests). Have you ever considered eloping in Iceland or jetting off to Thailand? You can choose any destination that calls out to you, whether it's close to home or a long plane ride away.
Don't Get Tripped Up By the Legal Stuff
Before you leave for your wedding, make sure you have any legal necessities sorted out. You don't want anything to ruin your union, especially not paperwork. If you just want a symbolic, non-legal ceremony and you want to marry legally at home, you're probably good to go. But if you want a legal commitment, you should check out the legalities of getting married in your chosen destination, as well as what you might need to do to register your marriage when you get home.
Have a Plan
Eloping can be all about the freedom of not having any responsibilities or the stress of planning an elaborate affair. But that doesn't mean that you should have no plan at all. You should still make some arrangements, from booking the ceremony and somewhere to stay to buying your outfits. You can be spontaneous but there is such a thing as being too spontaneous, especially when you're getting married.
Make Some Memories
Without your friends and family there to see you get married, everyone is going to want to know all about it when you get home. So make sure you book a photographer for your wedding so you have photos to show them when you're finally ready to return. Of course, the joy of an elopement is that you get to combine it with your honeymoon, and there are plenty of other things you can do to make some memories. Go on some adventures so you have plenty to talk about back home.
Celebrate When You Get Home
Hearing that you're going to elope can be tough for some family and friends to swallow because they want to be part of your special day. To help ease the sting a little, you might want to consider having a small party or gathering when you get home - or even a few gatherings with different people - to celebrate.
If you decide to elope, it's still worth taking the time to get it right. It's all about being fun and enjoying the freedom of making your own decision.
A Travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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