Wedding planner Emily Charlotte is seeing an increasing trend for couples eloping. If you like the idea, why not consider her top tips below…
Hire a Wedding Planner
If you’re considering an elopement then the chances are you’re going abroad? This means you’re probably going to be less familiar with the area or which suppliers to use. Although there’s only two of you a wedding planner is still a great idea (and of course I’m a little biased!) to help ensure your day is special…it doesn’t have to be traditional, nor a grand affair. A planner can still help make your celebrations unique, small and intimate if that’s what you’d prefer, at least you can rest assured that you have the guidance on areas where it’s needed.
The Type of Ceremony
Make sure you familiarise yourself with the legalities in your chosen country and use this to determine the type of ceremony that you would like to have, such as religious, civil or symbolic. More often than not the ceremony type will dictate the venues available to you so do your research! Legalities can seem a bit daunting (and tend to spoil the wedding planning fun!) so again, this is where a planner can be of invaluable benefit.
When planning a wedding for the just the two of you that is exactly what you need to cater to – just you and your partner. Use this as a great opportunity to source out hidden secrets which don’t usually offer services to large wedding parties. Small, intimate and untraditional can make the perfect elopement venue and will often be more cost effective.
Go A La Carte
When having an elopement I still think it’s important to have a lovely meal to celebrate (I mean who doesn’t love food?!). However, opt to have the A la carte menu rather than a traditional wedding breakfast. This is almost certainly more cost friendly and will also open up a whole new world of restaurants, and local gems for you to try. Of course, let them know it’s to celebrate your marriage so your occasion is special – they’ll more than likely give you the best table in the house as a result!
Factor In The Costs Which Don’t Change
People elope for many reasons, just one of those reasons could be the cost. In general, elopements allow you to be considerably more budget savvy, however, it’s important to remember that not all costs will reduce just because there’s only two of you *sigh*. Unfortunately, in the wedding world people tend to charge for their time; take a photographer for example, if you want your whole day documented then they still have to be with you the same number of hours as they would if you had guests, therefore it still has to be worth their while. Many suppliers do now offer elopement rates, but allow a bit of wiggle room within your budget just in case.
Do What You Want
You’ve already broken convention slightly by deciding to elope…so why stop now?! The important thing is that the two of you are declaring your love for one another, how you choose to do that is entirely up to you. If you want to be traditional, then be traditional, you don’t need 100 guests to do so, but if you want to be the quirkiest bride out there then go for it! You only have to please yourselves so enjoy and do it your way!
For more inspiration and to get help planning your special day – whether you’re eloping or not – visit weddingsbyemilycharlotte.co.uk