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Elopement has become an increasingly common choice among couples lately. But, before we talk more about it, what is exactly an elopement? By definition, it is an instance act of running off secretly, for example, marriage. As time goes by, the meaning has shifted and it is not about a secret running off marriage, but it is more to an act to get married privately or if you are happened to be a kind of adventurous couple, doing it spontaneously could be considered as an elopement too.
Do : Plan all the details
Having an elopement doesn't mean you can't get anything you want in a wedding. Even though you might not need any wedding decoration or invitation cards, you still can wear the dress of your dreams, buy a piece of cake from your favorite bakery and hire your favorite makeup artist to look flawless.
Don't : Forget about the legal requirements
Don't miss out on this one if you want your marriage certificate. To be legally married, there are certain documents and rules that you have to fulfill. In most countries, you will be required to have an officiant and a witness. Drop by the city hall to find out what you need or simply do some research on marriage requirements.
Do : Hire a wedding photographer and videographer
Celebrating without guests doesn't mean you should forget about documentation. Don't hesitate to hire a great wedding photographer. It's one of the most important days of your life that you will want to cherish. By keeping it documented, you will be able to hold on to your memories for a lifetime.
Don't : Be afraid to ask for a special price
If you decide to elope, try asking for a special price from your vendors. Some vendors will have a special package for elopement that is priced differently from usual weddings that are attended by many guests. You might be able to negotiate better since you won't need to prepare too many things.
Do : Tell your family and friends personally
How your family and friends are reacting would be the ultimate concern in this case. Your elopement plans might surprise and draw a lot of criticism at the beginning, but we're sure that by calmly and clearly stating your reasons, your friends and family will understand in the end. Tell them honestly if you're on a really tight budget or if elopement is something you have always dreamt of doing. If you live far away from your family, show your sincerity by sending heartfelt apology notes and announcement card. Don't let them know about this by finding it out online or from someone else. You should be the one who's telling them the happy news of your marriage.
Don't : Be afraid to have a post-"I do" party
You can always have an after-wedding party even if you tied the knot a few months before. You can still throw a fun party or a casual gathering with your immediate family members and closest friends without having to prepare all the things you need in a big wedding party. This way, you can share your happiness without being stressed out by frantic wedding planning that just doesn't suit you.