So, you’ve decided to elope. Excellent choice! Elopements are becoming more popular as more couples forgo tradition and decide the love between two people is more than enough for a ceremony. There is also the fact that this pandemic is still quite potent, so how long will you keep pushing back your wedding? Whatever your reason, elopements have become commonplace this year. As irregular as they are, they still have etiquettes that you should follow, and we’ll talk about some of them here.
Legal requirements for weddings differ depending on the city, state, and country where you are. They can include anything from a simple marriage license to a premarital blood test, witnesses, and a waiting period before you can officially say your vows. There are even places that allow you to self-solemnize your marriage, meaning you don’t need an officiant to make it official. Find out which applies to the location of your elopement.
It won’t be as elaborate and stressful as the planning of a traditional wedding, but you will still need some planning. For example, you’ll need to pick a location.
- Spend Strategically
While eloping is a fantastic way to save money, it does not mean that you need to skimp on everything. A few strategic splurges here and there could help to make this day more memorable. Just because it’s an elopement does not mean that it isn’t special.
- Telling Your Loved Ones
Your closest family and friends should be aware of your elopement almost immediately after the ceremony. If you can’t share the news in person, a phone call can suffice. Whatever you do, don’t only send the news in a text. It is way too personal to be delivered that way. Be open and honest about the reasons why you and your partner chose to elope, and maybe consider celebrating with them shortly afterward with a cocktail hour or a reception.
- Send Out A Formal Announcement
After informing those close to you, you can then send out information through photo cards or a post so that anyone else you would have normally invited to a ‘traditional’ wedding will be aware. If you do decide to host a post-elopement celebration, you can include details of that in your announcement.
- Should You Have A Register?
If you’re not having an actual reception after your ceremony, you probably shouldn’t. Ultimately, however, it depends on you. A nice modest registry with reasonably priced gifts that people can use to say congrats would not be out of the question, though.
Here at the Mini Wedding, we’d love to help you plan your elopement. We can also help you with destination weddings, small weddings, all-inclusive weddings, and second weddings. All you have to do is reach out to us to get started. You can call us at 760-689-6073, and leave us an email at [email protected]