Elegant shades of Peach, Gold and Mint create a beautiful romantic wedding palette.
A peach, gold and mint color palette is stunning for a spring or summer wedding: it’s subtle, delicate and looks very romantic and natural. Mint fuses with the greenery around, peach looks natural with blooms and gold adds an elegant statement. Wanna know how to pull off this color mix in an ideal way? Let’s have a look at these cute ideas.
This mix of colors creates a lovely English garden wedding theme with delicate vintage touches. The beautiful mint carries the color palette. Roses are a must in an English garden and what better roses than the peach garden rose? The soft green linen, and white bone china, lends to the vintage touch. Other vintage accents are the soft mint linen napkins, frosted gold tea lights, and perfect succulents. The styling was inspired by the nature found among a garden.
Mint green has been an ultra trendy color for the past few years, and with its versatility as a pastel cool color, it is easily paired with most other shades of the rainbow. In a wedding cake, it looks particularly beautiful when paired with gold, both matte and sparkly, as well as warmer pastel tones such as peach, and even soft pink.. This contrast of warm versus cool colors in pastel tones is enough to be eye-catching and unique, yet it is not too striking of a difference to seem mismatched. These three colors create a gorgeous rustic springtime wedding palette & a gorgeous cake.
Romantic guest book in linen, peach, mint & gold flowers, pearls & lace...so dreamy!
A peach flower girl dress makes a gloriously memorable wedding. When paired with mint green bridesmaids dresses, the effect is so soft and romantic.
Having bridesmaids in alternating colors is a great way to introduce your color theme. You can mix and match the soft colors, which all of course compliment an ivory or white wedding dress.
You may wish to be completely different and choose mint green as your bridal gown color. This is a match made in heaven for this color palette.
Planning a wedding is equally one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life. With sites like Pinterest and Instagram sharing every wedding trend from couples kissing in cowboy boots to couples cutting into a 10-tier cake with a flaming sword, couples feel pressured to make their day one to remember.
What these sites won't tell you is that even the most rustic burlap-and-mason-jar wedding can break the bank when you start adding in all of the little designer details. By the time you've recreated that intricate table decor (times 15) you're out thousands of dollars.
In fact, apart from good music and decent food, most guests don't actually notice the details. If you're trying to put together a wedding without taking a second mortgage on your home, consider saving time and money by foregoing the 12 following things that your guests really don't care about:
1) Cheesy Wedding Favors
You’re feeding them. You have liquor & awesome music. They’ll just be forgotten on the table anyway. Yes, we tend to think anything customized with our name and wedding date are cute and must-have accessories; but most guests don’t. Opt out of wedding favors and guess how many guests will ask where their favor is? That’s right….zero.
2) Save the Dates
Just tell people. Send Invites. Get RSVP’s (see #4). They’ll just end up in the trash, probably even before your wedding day. Set up a wedding website & send out save the dates online. You’ll save a tone on postage too!
3) Ceremony Programs
They start on the seats, they end up on the seats, or the ground. Only your mothers & grandmothers will keep them.
4) RSVP Cards
RSVP cards are a formal way for guests to reply to your wedding. But most people don’t know how to fill them out, or forget to turn them in. As the host, you end up paying for the cards… and the postage. Then, you have to manually track the responses (and hope you don’t lose them). If you’re going to build a wedding website (which most wedding planning sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire offer for free), use their Guest Tracking Tool. You upload your list of guests by party, then your guests RSVP on your website and your guest list is automatically updated online and in the app. This is a life saver!
5) Customized Aisle Runners
Aisle runners are a nice accent to your wedding aisle. They define the aisle, protect the brides dress from dragging on the floor & they’re just pretty! Customized runners can get pricy fast & they just end up in the trash after the ceremony. Save some of your budget by using a plain runner, toss some beautiful rose petals on the aisle & call it a day.
6) Customized Monogramed Robes for Your Bridal Party
Your bridal party will look just as cute & have just as much fun in unmonogramed matching
t-shirts in your wedding colors.
7) Expensive Champagne
Most people don’t know Dom Perignon from Korbel. Save a considerable amount by going for a cheaper brand for the guests, but do get a nice bottle for your private toast in the evening.
Tip: There’s no law that you must toast with champagne, use a nice white wine instead.
8) Large Bridal Party
Save your friends money & yourself too! Sure you want everyone to be in your wedding, but the costs add up quickly.
These are the costs that the couple should cover for their attendants:
* Bridesmaid's flowers & men’s boutonnieres
* Lodging for out-of-town attendants
* Transportation for the bridal party to ceremony and reception
* Thank you gifts to attendants
* Bridesmaids' luncheon & groomsmen’s dinner
* Hair and makeup
* Manicures & Pedi’s
9) Small Children in the Bridal Party.
You love kids, but you've decided they don't fit in at your wedding. That's okay! You don't have to invite kids to be in your wedding.
Let’s be honest about this. To the average small child, weddings are a complete bore. They have to spend hours hanging around in uncomfortable fancy clothes. Small children get tired & then start crying, or worse throw themselves down in the middle of the aisle during your processional. Unless you find that adorable, it’s better to skip the babies toddling down the aisle.
10) Disposable Cameras.
Everyone has an iPhone or digital camera & they’re annoying enough! Disposable cameras are expensive (both the cameras themselves and developing the film). A better approach is to create an official wedding hashtag and ask guests to use it when they share their photos on social media. People can use their own smartphones (which pretty much everyone has) and you will have full access to their candid pictures.
11) Multiple Wedding Dresses
It’s becoming more and more of a trend to splurge on not one, but two (or three!) wedding gowns for your big day. But if you’re looking to cut on costs, this is probably not where you should be spending your extra dough. This can be a big drain on the wedding budget and such a hard thing to discard if it’s never used. Instead, put all of your pennies into one jar for that one special dress you only get to wear for one night.
12) Fancy Centerpieces
Although table decorations and centerpieces enhance the overall look of your wedding, most guests won't remember whether you used peonies or hydrangeas, or if the votives were set in gold mercury glass or Victorian amber candle holders. What they do care about is being able to see what’s going on and talk to their table mates over dinner. If all you can swing is clean tablecloths, farmers market flowers, a little greenery and some twinkling votive candles, no one will bat an eye. Your guests just want an inviting place to sit, eat, sip and laugh.
Friday's Fabulous Florals ~ Lavender, Dianthus, White & Ivory Roses, Lisianthus, Succulents, Bupleurum, Scabiosa, Statice & Freesia
Succulents are fantastic for wedding decor! Not only because they are a huge trend right now, but also because they don’t wither so fast as flowers. Incorporating them into your wedding decor is easy, and they suit almost any theme: desert weddings, beach, rustic, woodland, glam and so many others.
Few things add such a huge impact to a wedding bouquet & centerpieces as adding succulents. No matter what your wedding's theme, you can use succulents to enhance your flowers.
Add gorgeous blooms of English Lavender to your bridal bouquet for a striking look and aromatic touch. Lavender features soft blooms that run atop dainty stems. The grey-purple tones and wiry posture are a perfect touch to a garden-inspired wedding bouquet or centerpiece.
A fresh pink flower, Dianthus averages 10 to 15 blooms per stem. Each bloom opens into a delightfully rounded petal with a gorgeous rounded center. This pink flower is sure to enhance any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
Create glamorous arrangements with True White Roses. Each bloom looks like a dreamy cloud, with their large cup-like shape and fluffy layers of petals that delicately swirl outwards from a tight center. The petals are a classic, creamy white color, making them perfect for crisp vintage-inspired arrangements.
The Ivory Rose has a large head that opens into a delightful semi-star shaped bloom. This yellowy cream rose is a perfect neutral rose for any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
Gorgeous Lavender Lisianthus Flower will add a touch of femininity to your wedding arrangements.
Add an enchanting element to your bridal party arrangements and table centerpiece with the sweet touch of lisianthus. Hues of Lavender Lisianthus Flowers feature multiple blooms with soft lavender petals. The unique lavender blooms are the perfect touch when mixed with other flowers and sprigs of greenery for a dreamy wedding arrangement. Or simply arrange alone and tie with a cream lace ribbon for a statement bridal bouquet.
Natural succulents are perfect for adding unique texture and visual interest to your bouquets and arrangements.
Succulent Flowers are a stunning and unique fresh cut bloom. Frosted shades of green and pink colored rosettes form at the end of stalks, which make them easy to tuck or wire into any arrangement. Succulents can be used for eco-friendly centerpieces, modern place card holders, beachy bouquets, and more!
Showcase the cheery, shining glee that makes afternoons under the sun so extraordinary with Bupleurum Flowering Greenery! Bupleurum is a thick and vivid filler greenery, marked by its small clusters of oval-shaped leaves with spike-like tips and small, sunny-yellow flowers that smile back at you.
These lavender blush blooms are perfect as a focal or a filler. Scabiosa flowers are also known as pincushion flowers. The lacy bloom is sure to enhance your rustic floral bouquets, table centerpieces, and flower arrangements.
The scabiosa flower features small buttons surrounded by fluffy petals that are held high by tall, slim stems. A favorite in butterfly gardens, scabiosa is a wonderful flower to use for a garden tea, baby shower or outdoors wedding.
Statice flowers are a popular filler flower with and average of 5-8 tiny blooms clustered together. Statice is known for its award winning premium quality and long lasting vase life. This lavender tissue paper-like flower would serve as a subtle backdrop for any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
Like a graceful fairy perched atop delicate stems, Lavender Freesia Flowers bloom with a poise and elegance that is perfectly balanced. Trumpet-shaped blossoms happily open to showcase a gradient of milky, off-white lavender transforming into a crisper lilac hue.
You’ve decided to pop the big question — the question, the one that will change your lives forever.
But before you can start planning your happily-ever-after with your future spouse, you have a little shopping to do.
It’s natural to feel overwhelmed by how much you need to learn when you set out to buy an engagement ring.
Find the “one” whom your soul loves. Check. Plan the perfect proposal. Check.
Buy engagement ring. Hmmmm…..
Buying an engagement ring can be an overwhelming task. There’s a lot of pressure on this purchase. It’s a symbol of your love, and it’s a token of your willingness to take the relationship to the next level. Plus, it doesn’t help that your fiance will be showing off the ring to their friends and family, and everyone!
For many, the purchase of their love’s engagement ring will be their first experience in the the wild world of jewelry. When they walk into a jewelry store they’re inundated with terms and concepts that they’ve never heard before. Tiffany setting? Inclusions? Eternity band? What the...?
Never fear. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you purchase an engagement ring that your future spouse will flip over. Let’s get started!
Grey is one of our favorite wedding colors to incorporate into your wedding color palette.
The neutral hue is perfect for any season. It's classic, chic and elegant. There’s nothing dull or depressing about a grey color palette. It pairs perfectly with so many other colors, such as white, ivory, pink, yellow, coral and natural greenery. Here we're sharing 3 charming wedding color palettes in shades of grey just for you!
Grey , Soft Pink & Blush
Grey and pink is a beautiful and romantic combo, which is ideal for an elegant spring or summer wedding. Grey and pink have lot of shades to choose from, so you can create your own combo that suits your dream: it can be a delicate blush and dove grey scheme or a contrasting dark grey and bold pink one.
Purple, Lavender & Grey
Purple and grey is one of the most popular wedding color palettes of all time.
Purple and grey wedding colors may be seen as dull for such lively celebrations. However, no one can deny the level of elegance and sophistication they bring to the wedding day when done the right way! Running out of ideas on how to effectively use this muted yet whimsical color palette? Here are some interesting ways to bring your color of choice to new heights.
Grey & Yellow
Wedding decor in yellow & grey look amazing – bright, fresh and cheerful!
Grey and yellow are one of the classical schemes for wedding decor – colorful and elegant.
Such a color scheme is ideal for a spring wedding when you are tired of winter and want colors so much, or for a bright summer wedding with kind of rustic or retro touches. You’ll be surprised when you see that these two colors have so many different shades to choose and to combine!
Eloping might be easier, but there are still plans to make.
Perhaps you and your fiancé are the super spontaneous types always looking for an unconventional adventure. Maybe you're trying to save money for a new life together, and just realized your next vacation could easily pull double duty as your nuptials as well. Whatever your perfectly justified reason, figuring out how to elope can quickly make the process feel more like a scary unknown task than a romantic escape. If planning your elopement is giving you those stress sweats you were trying to avoid, we're here to help!
In an effort to try & condense the planning into something that won’t have you running to the door screaming, here’s your guide & checklist: meticulously crafted after years of marrying eloping couples.
Three Ways Eloping Happens ~
It seems like when a lot of people imagine eloping, they imagine sneaking off to city hall, finding the judge, and getting married in five minutes or less after filling out a piece of paperwork. And sure, that’s definitely one way to do it—but that’s not the only way (it’s also not even necessarily that easy, since a lot of times it includes waiting in long lines and scheduled appointments for courthouse weddings).
1. THE SURPRISE! WE ELOPED KIND:
Yes, this can be the two of you, alone, at city hall, but it doesn’t have to be. A secret elopement may be far more inspiring for some – the ultimate romance of sneaking off into the night to get married. Whatever you do, give yourselves plenty of time to take in the fact that you just got married before you make any kind of public announcement. Enjoy that feeling – it’s amazing! The last thing you need is to be overwhelmed with questions or even worse – any negativity that might damper your bliss! The vast majority of people will be so excited to hear your news, thrilled that you followed your heart, (envious even!), but how you handle the announcement is key.
Couples are sometimes totally confused on the protocol of a courthouse wedding. Would we exchange rings? Could I wear a wedding dress? Would it feel like a real wedding? Obviously yes, you can exchange rings. Yes, a courthouse elopement is still a real wedding—it’s your wedding after all! Your wedding is still your wedding no matter how it happens. When it comes to the dress, you can wear a wedding dress, jeans or anything else (except maybe your pj's).
2. THE TWO OF YOU & AN OFFICIANT KIND:
If you and your partner want to truly elope (just the two of you) but aren’t interested in the courthouse route… why not pick a romantic location and go for it? Think next to the lake, standing on a cliff, riding in a romantic horse draw carriage, or somewhere in the middle of a city that you love. You’ll need an officiant to legally close the deal, but that’s just about it.
3. THE NEARLY – ELOPEMENT YOU INVITE YOUR FAMILY TO:
This is what you call it when you pick a location and date ahead of time, and invite your family and friends to see you get married. This can happen at a courthouse, on a cliff overlooking the river, next to a waterfall, or wherever else you want it to.
The Pragmatic Side to Eloping:
Now that you’ve decided how you’re eloping, you need to make sure you know what you need to pull it off. It turns out there’s a little more to this game than showing up and doing it.
A Mini-Checklist for Eloping:
Every state and country has its own marriage license laws, so you’ll want to find out what yours are before signing any contracts or booking your flight. Also, not all countries look at love the same way: they may not recognize a civil ceremony or hold prejudices regarding your religion or sexual orientation. You will need to obey THEIR LAW OF THE LAND.
Generally, if your elopement will involve a license, you need to know four things:
1. What is the wait time between getting your license and the wedding?
2. Do you need an appointment at city hall?
3. What are the witness requirements, and who can serve as your witness?
4. What documents do you need?
Rings, Vows, and More: What do you need to keep in mind when eloping?
If you’re not a big planner, one of the fun sides to eloping is that there is so much you don’t have to think about. One reason couples elope is that the idea of trying to figure out how to feed 150 people with various diets and dietary considerations can be overwhelming.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you necessarily want to opt out of everything:
1. Rings: Do you want them? Do you not? If you do, make sure you order them in plenty of time (and don’t leave them at home!). (If you do just run out & grab a cheap substitute set for the ceremony)
2. Vows: You don’t have to have your own vows, but you can. Decide ahead of time if self-written vows are going to be part of your elopement. Civil ceremonies are usually pretty short, but you can usually bring your own vows if you have them.
3. Travel Plans: If you’re eloping somewhere that isn’t local, make sure you make arrangements ahead of time. Treat yourself, it’s your wedding!
4. Clothing: Sure, you don’t have to go big or necessarily bridal/groom-ish, but you can if you want to. Figure out what you want to wear (and don’t let eloping be an excuse not to get the dress you actually want!).
5. Photography: I absolutely recommend hiring a professional photographer the day you’re eloping. You’ll find that a lot of photographers offer hourly rates. The one thing you might really miss having down the road are photos from the day you got married. It’s visual proof it really happened.
Tip: Ask someone to snap a picture of you with your iPhone so you can post it on social media. It’ll take a while for your wedding photos to come in.
6. Flowers: Do you want to carry a bouquet or wear a boutonniere? There’s no reason you can’t do both. Flowers add to the photos but they also make a bride feel like a bride.
7. Hair and Makeup: There’s no reason you can’t have your look professionally done—and there’s no reason that a little mascara and lip balm won’t be perfect. You do you!
8. Celebrate: If you want to have a party after, go for it! If dinner and drinks together sounds more your speed, do that. Some couples jump out of a plane, but that’s not for most.
9. Announcements: Shocking your closest family and friends with a Facebook update is a big impersonal no-no! Write in advance, a list of people you should tell in person, and perhaps those who would at least appreciate a phone call. Break the news gently, but stand firm as a couple on your decision to elope.
Sure, you’re not sending out save the dates, but you might want to send out wedding announcements after the fact with one of those professional photos on it?
And there you go! A perfectly sensible elopement checklist on how to plan-ish your elopement. Done. Now go start planning your elopement!
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Download your FREE Elopement Planning Checklist. You're Welcome!
Bouquet Breakdown: Burgundy Mini Callas, Cream & Purple Mini Callas, Burgundy/Purple Tulips, White Roses, White Lisianthus and Seeded Eucalyptus.
Such a stunning combination of Burgundy Black/Purple (the closest to black in the natural flower world!) and White Flowers. A modern bouquet with just the right amount of vintage charm. Elegant with a hint of rustic chic. I just love it!
Burgundy Mini Callas
A fresh beautiful flower, the burgundy Mini Calla Lily has a large, trumpet-shaped bloom that rests upon a long, smooth stem. Symbolizing “magnificent beauty,” the Calla Lily is easy to arrange and guaranteed to make an impression. This dark purple to burgundy Mini Calla Lily can look almost black in dim lighting and would make a spectacular wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
Cream & Purple Mini Callas
A cream purple mini Calla Lily, both the Picasso and Vermeer Mini Calla Lilies have a large, trumpet-shaped bloom that rests upon a long, smooth stem. Symbolizing “magnificent beauty,” the Calla Lily is easy to arrange and guaranteed to make an impression.
Create an ethereal, woodland-inspired ambience at your event with Burgundy/Purple Tulips. Each stem has a delicate, tapered head packed with scalloped petals that gradually open into a cup-shaped bloom. The petals have a mysterious purple hue with light berry undertones; this makes it ideal for high-contrast arrangements.
Create glamorous arrangements with White Roses. Each bloom looks like a dreamy cloud, with their large cup-like shape and fluffy layers of petals that delicately swirl outwards from a tight center. The petals are a classic, white color, making them perfect for crisp vintage-inspired arrangements.
Lisianthus is a wonderfully elegant bloom that is sure to add a classy, sophisticated look to your special day. With multiple blooms per stem, it makes a great filler, accent or even focal flower.
A must-have flower for both formal and casual arrangements, creamy white lisianthus is irresistibly beautiful. These exquisite ruffled blooms have a very long vase life.
Seeded Eucalyptus is a very diverse green that is highly used for weddings. With sturdy but easy to manipulate stems, it is a great choice for table arrangements, bouquets, personal flowers, garlands, and so much more. Seeded Eucalyptus will add texture and depth to your decoration and fits well with any theme you choose for your wedding.
There are certain colors that we all know match: black and white, blue and silver or red and gold. But those aren't your only options for your wedding. Unexpected combos like purple, blue and blush are pretty, modern and totally gorgeous!
A hand tied bridal bouquet of Blue Hydrangeas, Blush Pink Roses, Blue Delphinium, Lavender Stock and Solidaster makes a beautiful statement!
A very approachable and easy to execute combo -- lavender looks so sweet when paired with blush & lush greenery.
Dessert tables have really hit the headlines recently and stylish table fare is set to continue to be a huge trend for weddings. A tempting dessert table is a popular choice for many reasons, but mainly for adding interest and decor to what might otherwise be a blank corner of your reception space and for providing a spread of delectable desserts for your wedding guests.
With this color palette an elegant affair wouldn’t be complete without a blush and lavender dessert table, featuring delicate french macaroons and delicious candy pops.
The best part about these colors is how surprisingly translatable they are. Push the lavender with a deeper purple if you're having a formal ballroom wedding, or wash your reception in powder blue and little splashes of dark purple for a more casual vibe.
See what I mean? Utterly gorgeous and I am a little bit in love with that wedding cake!
The key to pulling off this combo is to include a more subdued version of both colors so that they complement and don't compete.
Your bridesmaids will love you for letting them flaunt their own style on your big day.
When executed correctly, mismatched bridesmaid dress colors, and styles, will make your bridesmaids totally stand out—and different styles allow each bridesmaid to find a hue, cut and fabric perfectly suited (and flattering) for them. Most importantly, when your bridesmaids like what they're wearing, it'll show in your photos!
Your wedding colors should capture and evoke the mood you want for your nuptials.
From the romantic ceremony to the trendy reception decor, this glamorous affair remains flawless to the core!
However you choose to incorporate your colors into your wedding, remember that they should complement, not overpower any of the elements, and most importantly, they should complement you!
Eloping alone or accompanied by only a few close friends offers intimacy, beauty and ultimately, a focus on what matters most: marrying the love of your life.
Enjoy the Elegance Mother Nature Gives You
An intimate ceremony allows you to keep the guest count small, the location private and the ceremony space focused on the wonders of nature.
Forget large venues and 300 gold chiavari chairs. Find a grove of beautiful trees or a field of colorful wild flowers. Bring a few chairs—or even stand—and bask in the silent stillness of nature’s grandness.
Observe a BFF-Only Guest List
Don’t let social media “friendships” dictate your invite list.
With an elopement, you can get married just before sunset and still have time to take photos of the entire ceremony & wedding party during the “golden hour”. With a small gathering of just your loved ones, you can bask in their sincere happiness for you, not a group “friends” who just came to party.
Avoid Newlywed Debt
Incredible and on a low budget? Have your cake (jest intended) and eat it too!
You could save thousands of dollars on your wedding and put it towards a house, college loans or into savings. Finding the perfect location is easy with enough scouting and attention to where and when it’s appropriate to set up a small ceremony site. Some locations are free & some have very low permit fees. Still so much cheaper than spending thousands on a huge venue that you won’t even use most of.
Extroverts Need Not Apply
If hosting a big wedding & standing up before hundreds of strangers is terrifying you, then running away together to an amazing private locale is always an option.
If you’re a couple who values straightforward, beautiful, & minimal; and you don’t want the hassle of planning a huge impersonal wedding, an intimate elopement may just be the right thing for you.
Ignore Wedding Trends
Put away the magazines, checklists, to-dos and must-haves. Get off Pinterest & Instagram and remember what this journey is all about.
Love is the reason you are marrying your “The One”. Get married to the love of your life in a location you love the most, on your terms, wherever that may be!
Don't you just love bright cheery colors? These fun shades of lemon, green & beige are inviting and cheerful. Gorgeous for a garden wedding!
A Classic Bridal Bouquet accented with Billy Balls & Seeded Eucalyptus is fun, yet chic.
Snapdragon is known for its wispy jaw-like upper and lower petals. A single stem averages 10-15 of these unique blooms, which are grouped closely together giving the impression of a single lengthy flower. This flower would heighten any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
Brilliant, bright yellow blooms are an excellent focal flower for a stunning, sophisticated look.
Perfect for bright, garden-inspired arrangements.
Yellow roses represent friendship, joy and caring. Perfect for weddings!
For classic bridal chic, ivory roses look beautiful on the big day. Roses make every bridal bouquet look beautiful and elegant.
A perfect neutral rose for any wedding bouquet, table centerpiece or flower arrangement.
Billy Balls (aka Craspedia)
Add whimsical color and texture with Craspedia Billy Balls Yellow Flowers. Craspedia have no foliage and large, spherical blooms with an intricate, scaly texture. The blooms are a bright, sunshine yellow hue. Best of all, craspedia are versatile, meaning these blooms can be used in anything from boho to rustic arrangements.
Seeded Eucalyptus is a very diverse green that is highly used for weddings. With sturdy but easy to manipulate stems, it is a great choice for table arrangements, bouquets, personal flowers, garlands, and much more. Seeded Eucalyptus will add texture and depth to your decor and fits well with any theme you choose for your wedding.
How to Elope Without Freaking Your Family Out (BONUS: FREE Downloadable Eloped Wedding Announcement Wording)
If you haven’t noticed by now, elopements tend to bring up a lot of emotions in people. From family members to friends, even co-workers & strangers! Your decision to elope will most likely cause a sideways glance or two. So how do you elope without causing complications between you and your loved ones? Hopefully these tips will help you navigate the (sometimes) choppy waters!
Think about it. Eloping means you deny your dad the chance to walk his baby girl down the aisle. Your mother won’t be able to take you dress shopping or cake testing or help you plan the big day. Your best friend no longer has the chance to give a super embarrassing speech about the time you made out with that skinny boy named Arlo at the lake, and your two-year-old niece will no longer be your flower girl.
For some couples, eloping has everything to do with escaping from family and friends, but for many, deciding to elope is about focusing on you as a couple and not necessarily about leaving anyone out. If you’ve decided to elope but still want to have your family involved in the excitement, we’ve got a few ideas that will both keep the peace when you drop the news that you’re getting hitched without them as well as make them feel valued and a part of your day.
So, is there a way to elope without offending every single person you know?
Probably not. But you could tell them to suck it up and get over it, or you can try and minimize the damage as much as possible. We’ve put together some tips and handy information on how to elope without upsetting everyone you know (unless you actually want to of course).
1. Preach what you (plan to) practice:
Yes, I know that saying is reversed. But here’s why: Even though eloping is becoming more and more commonplace as wedding costs rise, it’s still considered an nontraditional route to go. Which means that while you are comfortable taking the road less traveled, you shouldn’t knock those who aren’t. This might sound harsh, but I bring this up because I recently read an article in which the author talked about why she eloped, and why “you should, too!” She mentioned how she didn’t want a large wedding because she wanted the wedding day to be about the “marriage” (somehow alluding to how other weddings aren’t?). She also relayed “frantic” stories of how stressed-out her friends were who had planned a larger wedding, while she, of course, wasn’t.
Your choice to have a larger wedding, or not, is just that…your choice. Let me say that again. Choosing to elope is YOUR choice. And BOTH should be based on what you want to do, rather than some manufactured idea of what’s right and wrong with the other. You might not agree with someone’s choice, but as the old saying goes…you should defend everybody elses right to say (or in this case, do) it. This is true not only for the family and friends of a couple who has decided to elope, but the eloping couple themselves.
2. Tell your parents, closest family members, and friends BEFORE the wedding:
The word “elope” technically means to “run off secretly to be married, usually without the consent or knowledge of one’s parents.” Today, however, it generally means getting married as a consenting adult with a witness and an officiant in attendance. While you might prefer the original definition and choose to surprise everybody with the good news AFTER your elopement, it’s always a good idea to let those you love (especially your parents, if you’re close to them) know about your plans BEFOREHAND so they can feel as much a part of it as possible. They might not be able to be there, but knowing it’s happening might be good enough to keep them (and you!) happy.
4. Consider an intimate brunch, cocktail, or dinner party to celebrate:
A lot of brides eloping might think it’s silly to throw a wedding party when they eloped to avoid one, but if you have friends and family who would love to see you and congratulate you (and it’s easier to do this with everybody all in one place), then consider participating in or throwing a casual (or fancy) get-together. It could be a potluck at your Aunt’s, or a dinner party at your friend’s house (maybe the feeling left out MOH?), or a brunch made by your mother who can’t wait to invite her friends to share the good news. Or it could be all three. Nothing stressful. Nothing over-the-top. Just a chance to get together after the fact and toast your nuptials. Besides, this is a great occasion to pop lots of bubbly!
5. Send a marriage announcement after your elopement:
It can be nice to take a more traditional route in this situation and send out nice marriage announcement through the mail to all your friends and family. Some people might be wondering what happened to your engagement or if they're getting a save-the-date soon.
A marriage announcement lets people know that you've already gotten hitched and it's the perfect opportunity to showcase some of those gorgeous intimate photos you captured on your special day. This is a chance to include any photos you have from the elopement itself, and it allows you to express your new status in a slightly more personal way, while saving the dozens of repetitive conversations at family holidays.
And of course, there's always the chance your recipients will send back a reply in the form of presents.
Whether you’re planning to elope or planning a big wedding, getting married should be as stress free as possible for everyone involved, especially you!
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“We’re just having the courthouse wedding now & we’ll have a big wedding later”.
Oh, the dream of having a big wedding later…
I’ve heard this spoken by the bride as we stand outside the courthouse many times.
The heartbreaking reality…
Life happens…and “later” never does.
Most couples often times aren’t actually able to make their big wedding dream come true. Life gets too busy. To many “liefy” things happen & take precedence. Jobs, children home, finances, life.
It truly breaks my heart to see so many couples have to go through with having a courthouse wedding instead of having something that’s just for them! Something that’s beautiful, romantic, holds meaning, and can be more special than a cold impersonal courthouse!
But there IS another option that still requires a little planning, can be done at the drop of a hat if need be, and is intimate, romantic & personalized just for YOU.
I want to share the different between elopements vs. courthouse weddings and so you can make the best decision for you!
The Benefits of Having an Elopement:
The most beautiful thing about elopements vs. courthouse weddings is that you can:
• Choose where YOU want to do your elopement.
• Completely customize how YOU want to do your elopement.
• Incorporate pieces into it that mean something to both of YOU to personalize it and make it your own.
You’re not stuck getting married in a cold, impersonal, undecorated room or office.
Elopements take the same amount of time and planning as a courthouse wedding, but you can make it completely personalized to tell your unique love story as a couple.
The other amazing thing about elopements vs. courthouse weddings is that you can do it just as quickly as you would a courthouse wedding. Which is perfect for our busy lives!
The only things you really need for an elopement are:
• A wedding officiant
• Your marriage license
• Your wedding attire and accessories
• A bouquet if you want one (trust me, you want one!)
That’s it! Sweet, simple, and it is completely YOU!
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Friday's Fabulous Florals brings to you a romantic blush bridal bouquet of White Veronica, Scabiosa Pods, Sahara Rose, White Anemone, Hedera Helix Berries & Romantic Antique Garden Rose.
White Veronica is a unique filler flower featuring a long, thin bloom with numerous florets that add height and interest. Veronica would be a perfect accent, peeking from bouquets and centerpieces.
Scabiosa Pods serve as a wonderful decorative filler. Its ball shaped head creates a unique focal point. Use Scabiosa Pods alone or combine them with bulk flowers to create mystical wedding bouquets, table centerpieces or flower arrangements.
The Sahara Rose opens into a lovely bloom with unique coloring. The sandy colored petals have peach undertones that contrast beautifully against dark green foliage.
Adds a dramatic statement to your bouquet with White flower & Dark Center. Anemones have a classic circular shape. The petals are an ivory white hue, while the centers are crisp black; this creates dynamic color contrast that is ideal for vintage or modern bouquet.
Antique Garden Rose
Has a large, ruffled bloom that gives it the luxurious appearance of a peony while its scent is of a true garden rose. Swirled, tissue-like petals wrap around this bloom with origami-like precision. Say "I do" to this radiant, lustrous rose.
Berries of the Common or European Ivy (Hedera helix).
Ivy, being an evergreen plant, represents eternity, fidelity & strong affectionate attachment, such as wedded love & friendship. It is a strong plant which can grow in the hardest environment, thereby representing the strength of the marriage bond.
A beautiful garden wedding color palette of lilac, lavender purple & green. A very approachable and easy to execute combo -- purple looks so sweet when paired with green.
The decor is so romantic with lush florals, greenery & gorgeous succulents.
Purple is one of the most popular wedding colors of all time. Purple & green are the perfect combination!
Did you know that wedding colors have a hidden meaning?
Soft, dainty and ladylike, this color often appears in weddings that hark to the past, with traditional-looking cakes and florals.
Shades of Green
In weddings, green reveals a modern sensibility and often comes with inventive, non-traditional florals (think green button mums or wheatgrass). Thanks to the increasing volume of eco-talk, green is also a prominent hue at environmentally-conscious weddings. Lime green + hot pink says “pop princess.” Olive or bright green combined with black & white looks downright regal, in that new-millennium way. We also love mint or sage greens as well.
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