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5 Do’s & Don’ts of Planning an Elopement
Oh hello, gorgeous ones! I do hope that this glorious summers morning is treating you well so far – we can’t get enough of this weather! Whatever your plans are for today, we do hope that you will adore this mornings blog, which is dedicated to the couples that are perhaps wanting to get wed in a much more intimate setting. Yes, we’re talking elopements!
The idea of a big white wedding certainly isn’t for everyone, perhaps you and your fiancé are the super spontaneous types always looking for a adventure? Maybe you’re trying to save money for a new life together, and just realised your next holiday could easily double duty as your nuptials as well.
Well, whatever your perfectly justified reason, figuring out how to elope can quickly make the process feel more like a scary unknown than a special moment. If planning your elopement is giving you the fear you were trying to avoid, we’re here to help!
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Prepare yourself for the reactions of friends and family
To start off, the first thing that may be giving you unwanted stress over your decision to elope is the reaction of family and friends. Perhaps you may feel that they will be disappointed that they weren’t able to be a part of your special day?
To minimise making your close friends and family feel any kind of way that you rightly wouldn’t want them to, it may be best to be upfront with them in person.
Make them feel included by sharing photos with them of your day first before posting on social channels (trust us, huge no-go!), or host a post-marriage reception or meal so that they can celebrate with you. Letting your nearest and dearest know that they are appreciated will hopefully mean that they support your decision.
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You may think that you will be able to splurge as it’s just the two of you, but a budget is still an essential to starting life dept free and importantly, happy.
Once you factor in the travel, suppliers and accommodation, your elopement can run you that small-wedding cost you were attempting to run away from in the first place. Be sure to sit down with your love and discuss your financial concerns and the amount that you’re both willing to splurge on your day.
And since you’ve followed tip number one, and involved your parents from the start, they may offer some monetary support, especially if you allow them to attend the ceremony.
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Just because you’re having an intimate wedding doesn’t mean you’re completely on your own, we’d advise you to not just to wing it, but surround yourselves with talented people that will make it easier to elope with no fuss, or stress.
Hiring a local wedding planner to where you’re wanting to get wed can take away a lot of stress. A planner can also suggest really special or under-the-radar places that you might not already know, along with suppliers to help with any other areas of your day. A wedding stylist will be able to decorate a really special area for you to exchange vows, or decorate a dinner table. Don’t skimp on the little details!
Hire a photographer to document your day, and even a videographer if your budget allows. This is especially important for elopements because it allows you to share the moment with friends and family who could not be there. Plus, you and your fiancee are making a massive commitment, and it deserves a little pomp and circumstance. Treat yourself and you’ll have memories to look back on for years to come.
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Thinking of running away to a foreign country to elope? Don’t forget to register your marriage first with a registrar or at a registry office.
Remember, you may need an officiant and a witness to be legally married outside of the UK, and many countries have different requirements and/or visas in order to be married there, so don’t forget to get your marriage certificate at home before you jet off.
A wedding planner should be able to help you with everything that you need in order to make all of the legal stuff as stress free as possible.
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Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean that the day isn’t any less special than a normal wedding — it’s still your wedding and there is reason to be excited and celebrate.
Don’t forget to indulge in the bridal aspects of your day, indulge in a special outfit and flowers. Oh, and don’t forget the dinner for two! If you’re planning a celebration when you’re back home with your closest, then you can always re-wear your outfit and display your elopement images.
Are you planning an elopement? Do let us know in the comments section below, loves.
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