Ahhh, Weddings...What is it about a wedding that makes people giddy, crazy and completely irrational? The tornado that is wedding planning seems to be an unrelenting force that snatches up everyone in its path & leaves them feeling like they’ve just been slammed up against a wall.
The wedding industry has trapped women into this competition throwing away money on unnecessary “requirements” and collecting a huge amount of debt. A lot of the time, brides end up planning for elements that they don’t really want in their wedding, but feel like they must because everyone says so.
Every elopement is different - that's what we love about them! The timing, details, locations, and what the end result will be will vary with each couple.
Elopements are just as important as big weddings. Just because you're eloping, doesn't mean you deserve a less exciting day. A lot of people think elopements are short little ceremonies and a few quick portraits, but we believe you deserve so much more. So, we encourage you to really dream big for your elopement day. You've chosen to break the norm here, why not make it an expression of you as a couple & of your unique love story?
Take a look at a few of the reasons why eloping is often the best choice:
When planning your elopement, consider every detail of your day. Where do you want to wake up? What do you want the vibe that morning to feel like? Do you want to have a slow morning, sipping coffee and helping each other get ready, or do you want to get ready separately to keep the suspense? Deciding this in advance will help set the mood for your day.
Imagine, a quiet space to get ready without a phone ringing with well-wishers. No strict schedule to adhere to. No worrying about where those troublesome bridesmaids are! Just you, getting ready for your wedding day, relaxed.
We all know how ridiculous it can be to pay for a wedding. The venue alone can cost thousands of dollars. Then comes the dress, the cake, the flowers, the limo...the list could go on forever.
Avoid Family Drama
With weddings comes a flurry of opinions, and you will be surprised by just how many people think they can offer their unsolicited advice. From your dress to the table linens, family and friends are all too happy to nitpick every last detail. If they aren’t tearing apart your decisions, then someone will be complaining about being left out or why they don’t like the dinner options you and your fiancé fought over for 2 weeks. People have a tendency to think weddings are about their own enjoyment with a complete disregard for the couple. While they day is supposed to be all about the two of you, it usually becomes about someone else, putting a cloud over your day.
Instead of surrounding yourselves with an overflowing reception hall with obligatory guests, your wedding day is full of love & ultimately more intimate. When it is just the two of you, the event becomes about the commitment you are making and what it means. When you are walking down an aisle surrounded by rows and rows of people, it is hard not to let your mind wander to all those details you so painstakingly spent a year of your life planning. You’ll probably be wondering what everyone is thinking about your dress, the venue, the flowers.
Then, you are hoping the photographer is catching it all and getting your best side. You hope you don’t mess up the vows in front of all those people. It becomes hard to just be in the moment, and before you know it, that moment is gone forever. While you can always review it in those ridiculously expensive photos that will make your wedding look outdated in a few years.
Less Stress on Your Relationship
Planning a wedding takes a community, but a marriage only takes two people. Many people come together to help make a wedding come to fruition, but that is often the reason it can be so stressful. There are so many opinions and people fighting to tell you what you should do, it can feel overwhelming. That frustration is never good on a relationship. You will find yourself fighting about the most ridiculous things none of which actually matter. Then, you have to deal with the marriage advice family and friends readily offer. Suddenly, you’ll be noticing things you can’t stand about your future spouse or nit-picking the same things you once heard your mother complain about. The wedding planning can overtake the marriage like a monster.
The best reason of all? A Private Experience Between the Two of You!
Who says that a wedding has to be a public affair? During the first moments of marriage bliss, make it personal and intimate. Embark upon your lifelong journey with your own personal touch. Replace the awkward kiss in front of family and friends with an impromptu dance up the aisle or a leap into the river. Run off to a quaint inn and spend the rest of the day basking in your new roles as spouses. Your wedding day is the beginning of a lifelong relationship, let yourself bask in the experience without stress or anxiety. It is all about the two of you so create a day that reflects your unique love and relationship. This is one of the few days that you can be totally selfish and crazy, disgusting in love.
Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life. Be true to yourselves. And that will set the tone — even considering sickness, deaths, and other rocky times — for a happier marriage.
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