While there's nothing wrong with a classic wedding, some couples prefer a quieter, more personal experience for their union. But just because two people decide to elope doesn't mean they need to forgo romance and the right amount of ceremony. There's definitely a right way to elope. Here are a few tips to make the real-life version of running away together a positive, memorable adventure.
Combine the Wedding and the Honeymoon
If you're going to spirit away with your betrothed, you might as well make your wedding a destination affair. Since you don't have to worry about transporting and boarding any guests, the whole world is an option for your elopement. Always dreamed of a honeymoon in Venice? Go ahead and make an appointment for a religious venue or courthouse near the Bridge of Sighs. If you're feeling more outgoing, hop in the car and let the road inspire you. A small town off the beaten path may just becoming a special place for you and your partner.
Don't Be Too Spontaneous
A big part of the appeal of eloping is doing things on the fly, but the reality of from-the-hip experiences is that they simply don't have the security of events planned months in advance. Make enough plans to ensure your elopement isn't a bust or too much hassle to be worth the romance. This can mean just a few short phone calls so you know what to expect from your private ceremony of choice and to make sure you don't have to spend your honeymoon in a roadside motel.
Make the Experience Particular
The lack of an obligation to any guests means that your elopement is a lot more flexible than a traditional wedding in terms of personalization. Just because the wedding itself is on-the-fly doesn't mean that you shouldn't put a lot of thought into special gestures for your partner. Try to incorporate their favorite things into the experience, from the food you eat to the songs you listen to and beyond. The whole pointing of elopement is to make a wedding about the two people getting married, so it's up to the couple to make that happen.
It's never a good idea to travel without letting someone know you'll be away and how to reach you. You don't have to tell anyone that you're going to get married, but you should leave enough information with someone you trust that they can get in contact with you in case of an emergency.
Be Aware of Your Commitment
Elopement can be a romantic fantasy come true, but the seriousness of the commitment is the same as a traditional wedding. The Quik-E-Chapel shouldn't be what you have in mind for the start of your marriage.
For some couples, elopement is a more practical or emotionally fitting option than a traditional wedding. With these suggestions, you can make your vows on your own terms without stumbling on the potential difficulties that come with the territory. Good luck and congratulations, however you decide to get married.