Is the idea of a big bridal bash just not your thing? Or perhaps you and your fiancé are just the super spontaneous type, so why not make your next beach vacation your nuptials as well? If you’re thinking of eloping but have questions on the mind, we’re here to help.

Prepare Yourself for Family and Close Friends’ Reactions

The most difficult part of eloping is the fear that your friends and family will be disappointed they were not a part of your big day. Have a special day where you share your photos with loved ones and be sure to tell them in person.

Don’t Forget to Take Care of All the Legal Details

Thinking of running away to a faraway land to elope? Don’t forget to swing by your local city hall first and witnesses are still a must-have!

Hire a Local Planner, Photographer, and Videographer

Just because you’re having an intimate wedding doesn’t mean you’re completely on your own. Invite a photographer and videographer to capture  your day so you can later share it with loved ones so they don’t feel completely left out.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Vendors for Special Pricing

Due to the smaller scale and shorter time commitments, most vendors will offer special rates or à la carte pricing for elopements.

Send a Marriage Announcement

Send a marriage announcement after your elopement! Some people might be wondering what happened to your engagement or if they’re getting a save-the-date soon.

Don’t Downplay Your Elopement

Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean that the day isn’t special — it’s still your wedding and there is reason to be excited and celebrate. Get a special dress and a bouquet and perhaps even set up a table, complete with your dream centerpiece and a bottle of champagne for dinner for two.

Are you planning an elopement? Let us know with a comment below!

Happy planning!