• Leah Marie

How To Plan The Ultimate Elopement

Planning the ultimate elopement is super exciting! Every little detail of your elopement can be totally catered to you without having to consider any outdated traditions. So let's kick start this journey for you today.

Set a Budget

Elopements can still be costly as the option to elope is much more open than a traditional wedding. Many couples decide to elope in their dream holiday destination like a tuscan wedding, or a wedding on top of a mountain. Now is the time to start discussing what you would like to do to celebrate your elopement. Think about where? When and why? Think about the structure of your day and what you would like to do, after your vows would you like to go for a wine tasting experience? Or perhaps rent a boat and go soak up some rays on the water. The world is your oyster!

Keep Loved Ones in the Know

Consider who you want to tell about this important milestone in your life, even if not everyone will be included in the actual event. Talk about your plan ahead of time with those most important to you, often older generations still think eloping means the two of you will run off and tie the knot, that is of course an option but eloping can also include the people you love most to be their with you. While not everyone may be onboard with the idea of your elopement at first, remember that you’re doing what’s best for you. However, be sensitive to others’ feelings and do them the courtesy of letting them know about your elopement ahead of time or, if that’s not possible, tell them personally after it happens and don’t let them find out about it via social media.

Think About Who You Want to Include

Along the same vein, think about who you’d like to include in your elopement, if anyone at all. Some couples choose to have just immediate family or a small group of family and friends there. Think about this for yourself and also consider how you’ll invite this group of individuals to the event if you don’t do traditional invites.

Choose a Special Destination and Venue

Consider eloping somewhere out of the box or exciting to make this event something truly special for you and your partner. Whether you’ve dreamed of a beach ceremony or saying “I do” on top of a mountain, it’s simpler to coordinate a destination event for just the two of you or for a small group than it is for a typical destination wedding. Much of the allure of an elopement is the ability to do it wherever you choose without having to ask many people (or maybe anyone at all!) to travel in order to celebrate your big day.

Decide if You Want Decor

Decide whether or not you will include decor for your elopement during the planning process. You can go either way on this, including as little or as much as you’re comfortable with. You’ll also want to consider whether or not you will have flowers in the form of a bouquet and boutonniere.

Hire Your Vendors

Even if you’re eloping, you’ll still need a range of vendors. You will need someone to marry you whether this is someone you know like a friend or family member or an official celebrant and a photographer too. You also will want to decide where you’ll celebrate directly after you exchange vows—will you go to a restaurant or have a catered meal? You may also want to hire a ceremony musician and potential a hair and makeup artist. Make these choices ahead of time to account for a seamless day. Vendors get booked up one or two years in advance so be quick to enquire to avoid disappointment.

Decide How You See Your Perfect Elopement

Talk with your partner all the things you'd like to include during your special day. For example your day could go like this:

You decide to elope in Switzerland at the bottom of a mountain with the icy air and the beautiful landscape.

You hire an Air bnb and wake up to the gorgeous view over Ronco Sopra Ascona.

After a nice lay in you begin to get ready together and then head on down to the mountains.

You reach the mountains and decide a spot to say you'r vows. Your photographer might help you decide where the best lighting is for your photographs and help guide you to the best spot for this.

After your ceremony you decide to go for a meal with a small group of family and friends to celebrate.

You splash out on a Michelin star dining experience and because there is only a handful of you, this can be within budget as you're not paying for 100 people to eat.

Basically you get the point. The options are so much more open when you choose to elope but just make sure you do exactly what you both want. This is your dream elopement and you deserve to make this day very special and rememberable way to to the knot.

Wedding & Elopement photographer, Leah from Leah Marie Photography explains What Is Eloping? Click here.

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