The pandemic showed us that smaller weddings can be incredibly beautiful and amazing! You might be looking for something different instead of having a big wedding celebration. If you’re on the fence and not sure what to do, here are some reasons you might consider eloping. Keep reading to see our bonus tip on how you could elope and still have a big wedding later!
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One of our favourite reasons for considering eloping is that you can keep the focus where it should be: on you and your love. There’s less chance of getting caught up in all the plans and fuss when you elope! You’ll be able to be more present on the day, and that’s certainly a highlight! The entire focus will be on celebrating your love and commitment to one another. You can create a wedding that’s as simple or elaborate as you’d like it to be.
A big, extravagant wedding isn’t for you? That’s alright, eloping is your chance to do something unique. Pick your favourite location – wherever you want it to be! – and have the wedding that YOU want to have. If you want to include some traditions, great! If not, that’s great too. It’s your day.
Ever heard of couples who spent their entire wedding saying hello to everybody and not having even a moment to eat? The number one piece of advice that couples have shared with us is this: take a moment to soak it all in, just the two of you! If you’re eloping, it’s a heck of a lot easier to do this. You’ll be able to have a more intimate experience when you don’t have to worry about timelines, to-dos and the event.
Eek, we don’t blame you! While some choose to enlist the help of a professional, others choose to elope and avoid the planning altogether. Some couples feel that planning their wedding turns all of it into a task to complete instead of a moment to celebrate.
Big weddings are not for everybody and that’s ok. Some couples prefer celebrating their relationship with a more intimate gathering of just their closest friends and family. Others want to scrap it altogether and have a really simple elopement. If big gatherings aren’t for you, that’s completely fine.
This is particularly true for anybody who’s having a destination wedding. And sure, you’ll also get beautiful photos if you have a ‘regular’ wedding. The difference though, is that if you elope, you’ll have more time to focus on capturing your love in a gorgeous location!
It’s important to share that you can elope now and celebrate later. It doesn’t have to be a choice between the two! Some call it a ‘delayed wedding’ and you can do it without all the pressure you might typically feel.
Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.