Before I start, I want to preface this by saying that there is absolutely nothing wrong with a bigger, traditional wedding! Weddings can be a beautiful, fun, and wonderful celebration surrounded by all of your loved ones.
On the flip side, I know there are a lot of people who make the decision to have a larger, more traditional wedding just because they feel pressured to do so and it’s not necessarily something they want. There are also some people who don’t want to go the traditional route, and want to experience something totally different for their wedding day! Are you on the fence? Not sure whether you want a more traditional wedding, or to elope? I’ve put together 5 reasons why eloping may be the right fit for you. Read on! 👇🏼
When you elope, you have complete freedom to choose exactly what you want your day to look like. Why? Because it’s just the two of you! Do you want to elope on a mountaintop, a national park, the beach, your backyard?! Do you want to plan your first look for sunrise, and vows at sunset, with a hike in the middle? Maybe you want to incorporate something you love to do together, or a location that holds sentimental value. Or maybe you want to travel somewhere new entirely, just the two of you. With elopements, you have the flexibility to craft a day that truly reflects the two of you and what you love, which is pretty darn special.
Sure, there are still intimate moments at a traditional wedding where all eyes aren’t on you, but there’s not anything quite like having the entire day where you two get to focus just on each other, without the pressure of having everyone else watching. Eloping allows you to truly be able to focus on one another without any distractions.
The idea of getting married in a church, cutting a cake, and tossing a bouquet just doesn’t feel like you. With eloping, you get to create new traditions that hold meaning and are true to who you are as a couple.
According to theKnot.com, the average wedding in 2019 cost $28,000. That’s a whole lot of money! Couples who elope spend an average of $5,000 to $15,000 for their special day. They tend to really invest in the few things they feel are important, and skip out on the rest. Either way, it ends up costing significantly less than a traditional wedding, leaving you with the option to spend that money on something else that’s meaningful to you — like an epic honeymoon, down payment for a house, or paying off those student loan debts. I’d say that’s a win!
With elopements, there’s no “one size fits all”. I’ve had couples ask my opinion on how they should do certain things when it comes to eloping. The best part? I get to tell them that it’s totally, completely, 100% up to them and how they want their day to look. Do you want to elope just the two of you? Maybe you want your closest family and friends to be there during your vows. Or maybe you decide to make a whole weekend out of it, exchanging vows together one day, and celebrating with family and friends the following day. The possibilities are endless.
There you have it! At the end of the day, what’s most important is that your day reflects what YOU want, and is not influenced by anyone else. So whether that’s an intimate elopement, or big wedding including all of your loved ones, it will be an epic celebration of love which is what matters the most. If you’re on the hunt for a photographer who’s eager to capture your unique love story, I know a girl 😉
Did any of these resonate with you? If you had the choice, would you elope or have a traditional wedding? If you’re already married, is there anything you would have done differently? I’d love to hear!