November 14, 2019 / TIPS & TRICKS
10 Reasons You Should Consider Eloping
REASONS TO ELOPE
From dress shopping to menu decisions (and I won’t even bring up the headache of seating charts), wedding planning can be hectic, overwhelming, and feel more like a chore than anything. Big, elaborate weddings with all the frills aren’t for everyone, and that’s okay! Create the wedding day you want by exploring other options—epic, adventurous options.
Are you ready to jump ship on your big wedding day? Here are 10 reasons why you should choose to elope! (Check out this blog for the 2020 definition of elope.)
• YOU WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Planning a traditional wedding involves a lot of people—and their opinions. It can easily become overwhelming and stressful. Eloping eliminates that stress and allows you to start your lives with an epic adventure.
Most couples that choose to elope crave a day that reflects their relationship. They’re rad couples that value a true experience they can remember forever. They know these memories don’t come from the things they had on their wedding day, but the experience of being together, focusing on each other.
In the end, there are no rules for your elopement or wedding day. The most important thing you can do is honor who you are as a couple. If planning, coordinating, and balancing a wedding sounds like a nightmare, then consider planning this important day around what makes you truly happy— hiking, nature, sweet mountain air, and sharing an epic day with the person you love.
• YOU WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT
Planning an elopement is easier in a lot of ways—one of which is simply because you have zero limitations! Think about it: the venue, the location, the vows, even what you wear. Each elopement is completely customized to what you want. Elopement is great for couples that value experience over a big wedding, or would rather put their money toward something else than a wedding.
A small, private beach in Oregon? You can choose it for your elopement! The top of a Colorado mountain? I’m stoked to help you plan it! The options are endless, and it starts with choosing the perfect spot to share your vows!
We would love to hike near the tall trees overlooking the mountains. In the afternoon, we’d like a picnic with smalls bites and wine. At the time of the ceremony (exchanging vows), we would love to be surrounded by waterfalls/lake. Towards the night a campfire would be nice for our first dance.Thi & Ralph
You also can tie your elopement into your honeymoon and make one big trip out of it. My wife and eloped in Ireland and then spent two weeks traveling around Italy. It’s a way to kick start your travels together and the options are unlimited!
• YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY
Weddings are expensive. According to Nerd Wallet, the average price of a wedding is $33, 931. According to The Knot, receptions can eat up 48–50 percent of your budget! No matter what you choose for your elopement, you’re still going to be saving money by cutting out needless expenses that others deem necessary. But your day isn’t about others, is it? It’s about you and your partner making a commitment in a way that is honest and genuine.
• YOU WANT SOMETHING INTIMATE AND MEANINGFUL
No matter how in-the-moment you plan to be at your traditional wedding, it’s nearly impossible to focus only on each other. You’ll be tied up with the timelines, the to-do lists, the guests, the event. A big wedding is a production, and it’s difficult to make space for each other when there are so many others demanding your attention.
Choosing to elope is just easier. It’s private, intimate, and unforgettable. Imagine exchanging vows with a mountain at your back. Making a soft forest path your aisle. Sharing your first kiss in a field of wildflowers. It’s all possible when you elope.
The main reason why we chose to elope was to have this day be just about us, an intimate experience full of love, laughter and adventure. We want to take in every second of the day’s natural surroundings and breath taking views by incorporating some hiking, dancing on the beach, toasting bourbon on the rocks..– Megumi & Glen
• YOU WANT TO AVOID ANY WEDDING DAY DRAMA
Look, we’ve all got relatives who are difficult. Maybe family stresses you out, or they’re putting demands on you to get married the way they want, not you. But it doesn’t even have to be opinionated or difficult family. Perhaps you have a giant family, or too many friends to count. If the thought of planning a wedding to accommodate an enormous guest list makes you queasy, eloping is a great option.
You can play by your rules, and that means you can even include a few close friends and family members. In the end, all couples are different, and you deserve a wedding that this is authentic. Maybe that means no one but you and your partner. Maybe that means a small group of beloved family and friends. But whatever it is, give yourself permission to create the day you want.
We liked the idea of getting up and hiking in the morning just us, in our wedding attire for pictures and reading vows to each other on our hike.Nolan & Michelle
• YOU BOTH WANT TO EXPLORE SOMETHING NEW
If you’re thinking about eloping, you’re most likely considering a spot more exciting than your local country club. What do you love to do together? Where do you want to kick off married life? Combine everything with your elopement to turn your wedding into an extended honeymoon!
We have never been to California! We are from a poo town and nothing is pretty so we wanted to go somewhere completely different than we’ve ever seen!Cassidy & Caden
• WEDDING PLANNING IS TOO STRESSFUL FOR YOU
Wedding planning can be extremely stressful, and the anxiety of the process can negatively impact the relationships you love and cherish. All of the planning and coordinating with friends and family turns you into a manager instead of the bride or groom. It can suck all the fun out of being engaged and turn your wedding into a task to complete instead of a celebration. (Check out this blog for help on your elopement timeline!)
Your wedding doesn’t have to be about everyone else and their expectations. I’m giving you permission to reject what you don’t like and focus on what’s important when it comes to your wedding day! This should be an epic adventure! So make it one. Trust me, your wedding can become an experience you’ll never forget.
• YOU WANT AMAZING PHOTOS FROM YOUR WEDDING DAY
One of the biggest draws to eloping for my wife and I were the epic photos we knew we’d get in Ireland. We made it a priority to find a photographer who could not only take our pictures, but also capture this amazing experience and every moment, big and small.
Now when we look back on our photos, we can relive all those special, intimate moments as if we were back near that castle.
Elopement photos are meant to capture your love in a way that is true to you. These photos are candid moments. They’re a hard copy of your memories. And they’re something more and more couples are valuing. Pinterest recently reported a 128 percent increase in searches for elopement photography ideas.
• LEAVE NO TRACE PHILOSOPHY
According to Wikipedia, the average wedding has 150+ guests and produces between 400 and 600 pounds of trash. Yes, you read that right. This includes trash bags, food, napkins, plates, and hundreds of dollars worth of flowers. Those lavish weddings you see in magazines don’t show the aftermath: weddings are wasteful and bad for the environment.
But they don’t have to be. I love to photograph couples in nature and am passionate about following Leave No Trace guidelines. You can tie the knot in a low-impact way and still get an unforgettable experience.
• YOU AREN’T A PLANNER
People hire wedding planners for a reason: Weddings are hard! The idea of tackling a huge, traditional wedding is terrifying to most couples. So don’t do it! Nothing says you have to plan an elaborate day incorporating every opinion from family and friends. Instead, focus your time on the things you love: finding an epic elopement location, writing heartfelt vows, or spending time with family.
That’s what I love about elopements. I don’t just get to join rad couples on their adventures, but I alleviate stress by helping out with all the planning. Even an elopement still needs some planning, but the difference is that the process can be as chill as you’d like! Check out this helpful blog for planning your elopement timeline!
My name is Sean, and I can’t wait to help create your adventure elopement! I’m a free spirit who has dedicated my life to exploring this wild world and connecting to the people in it.
I know firsthand what an important and personal decision this is—my wife and I eloped to Northern Ireland. You’re trusting me to capture this amazing day, and I make it my responsibility to make sure you have an incredible experience from start to finish.
My passion has led me here, where I can follow my heart and share my love for the outdoors with others on their wedding day. It’s truly an awesome experience, and I’m stoked every time I get to document your day.
When I’m not photographing couples, I love to go exploring with my wife and our corgi. Our dream is to own an Airstream and take Vows and Peaks on the road!
Sound like the perfect match? Reach out so we can get started on your epic elopement!