How to Elope
Despite the restrictions relaxing, elopements and intimate weddings are still hugely popular. You don’t have to go abroad to elope, you could stay in the UK, there are some beautiful spots! Here I will share with you some do’s and don’ts of how to elope and how you can work with me, an elopement celebrant here in the UK.
When planning an elopement, make sure that it is what you really want to do. There are many reasons why couples choose this, family drama, keeping the cost down, keeping it intimate and personal. As long as it is your decision – both of yours! Then go for it!
There can be feelings of guilt associated with eloping, and although its easy for me to say; do try not to! You are adults and it is your decision and yours alone. Some family members may be upset and maybe a little disappointed but hopefully they want the best for you and will come round. Do let your closest family members and friends hear the news from you, and not a status update on facebook!!
Leading on from that, organise a nice party/get together for when you get home, create some excitement about the plans so that family members feel assured that they are not in fact missing out, and that you will celebrate when you return. This doesn’t need to be a ‘reception’ just a simple gathering.
Make it special! Just because its just the two of you, it still needs to be about you and made special! I can help you create a beautiful, personal, ceremony to kick it off. Choose wedding outfits that YOU want to wear, a sequin jumpsuit, or a gold suit! Arrive in a helicopter, eat pizza then the wedding cake and retire to a penthouse suite in a castle. The world is your oyster here, so make the most of it!
Do ensure that if you are thinking of somewhere abroad, that you have read up on all of the legalities. I will do a separate post if what you need to look into. If you do choose abroad, I would highly recommend booking a planner who specialises in the location, they will know all of the details/suppliers information and all of the best places. A perfect way to tap into some local knowledge. Here are a few that I highly recommend:
I would absolutely advise booking a photographer for your elopement, having all of the wonderful pictures to show your friends and family will make them feel part of your day. Plus, for yourselves, it will be a fabulous keepsake of the most romantic, magical of days!
Do not expect it to cost next to nothing, as this is simply not the case. You still need your suppliers and its is after all your wedding day, so do prepare a budget beforehand.
Create a structure for the day, you don’t want to be stressed on the day, so check in with the suppliers and create a timeline. Taking this out of the equation on the day itself will mean you are more relaxed and can focus on the here and now.
Most importantly, on the day relax and enjoy the moment! It will go so quickly, they always do! So savour the time together and ENJOY!!
If you want to discuss your elopement ceremony plans with me then please do get in touch.