Elopement wedding might be a great idea for the ones who have a small budget to get married, for the couples who love to travel or even for the ones with tricky family set-ups.
According to the Mexican wedding planner Joyce Mnguni, the elopement is less stressful for the couple. “They don’t have to worry about where their guests will be staying, etc. It’s always just them. Some of them choose to have the ceremony only and other choose to have ceremony followed by an intimate dinner for two. Brides usually are quicker to make their decision when it comes to selecting their flowers, location and the music. With elopement weddings, we see quite often that the couples make the ceremony about their personalities”, says Joyce.
For the Portuguese wedding planner Rui Mota Pinto, the complicity of the couples is huge on elopement weddings. “There are always very romantic and intimate moments that we live on that day. The fact that they are weddings for two people or with very few guests, without large structures or technical needs, allows sometimes choosing simply amazing places that would be impossible to use if the wedding had many guests”, says Rui.
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For Joyce, it is exceedingly difficult to find a location that allows elopement. “Especially because it doesn’t bring a big revenue to the locations. Most hotels do not cater for this type of wedding. In my area, I highly recommend going to private locations. Another tip is to make sure you choose a weekday date, since it’s much cheaper and chances that the location is available are quite high”, alerts Joyce.
According to Rui, the distance, the culture of the couple and sometimes the language might be challenging for destination weddings. “Normally, elopement weddings bring couples from distant countries and with extremely specific cultures and traditions and, sometimes, with languages we do not know. On these occasions, there is the need for interpreter and the wedding planners also must know about the culture, traditions, and details of what the wedding should be. I work with some Japanese couples and Japan has a rich culture and so many amazing traditions, but they are really different from the Europeans. So, I had to learn those traditions. Since elopement weddings bring us couples from all over the world this is a big but exciting challenge – to learn all those specific cultures and traditions. But it is amazing because at the same time we learn a lot and we grow as professionals and as a person”, says Rui.
There also some other challenges for an elopement wedding:
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Joyce explains that some couples choose to have the ceremony only and other choose to have ceremony followed by an intimate dinner for two. However, after the wedding, some of them choose to invite friends and family for a private party later on. “Two of the couples who did an elopement, didn’t let anyone know until professional pictures were ready. What they did was to invite their closest friends and family to the home for a BBQ, as guests walked into the dinner area they noticed some of their wedding pictures on a little display. Then, they broke the news, and everyone celebrated”, says Joyce.
Rui tells that normally there is no reception. “There is champagne and cake after the ceremony and sometimes the couples ask as to find a nice place for a traditional dinner. But never a reception like in a traditional wedding. This is also a reason for couples to choose a elopement wedding. They are in fact looking to celebrate in privacy, by living an unforgettable moment together but without all that is usual in a normal and traditional wedding. They are really looking for an experience. A love experience in a far and idyllic location by hey own”, he explains.
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Some creative ideas for couples who want to elope:
Tips for planning an elopement wedding
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