There are a thousand different ways that you can plan your big day and how you do it is completely up to you. Have you ever thought about eloping and how incredibly intimate and emotional it could be?
Here are 5 things to think about when it comes to elopements vs large weddings.
1- Weddings can be overwhelming, they are often big and come with multiple pressures. By eloping you can eliminate the amount of pressure, anxiety and even obligation over that of a traditional wedding and the day ends up being an experience truly about just the two of you. You can focus more on you and your partner without the extra distractions that come with larger weddings and more guests.
2- Sometimes when you plan a large wedding, it can become more about who you invite, their comfort levels, opinions etc. opposed to the focus of you and your partner and the sole purpose of the day. I remember when I was planning my wedding, it was such a tough decision as to if we would book the destination wedding of our dreams due to who would or wouldn’t be able to come or if we have something local. It caused me intense amounts of anxiety and stress until we made the commitment and booked, crossing our fingers that everyone truly important to us, could make it.
3- Valuing the experience and moments of the day can be very different in an elopement than it can in a large wedding venue. The focal point will always be you and your partner however during a full wedding day, as a photographer, I’m always intentional to schedule 15 minutes for the bride and groom to have some one on one time. The day can be consuming of everything and can quickly take the time away from the two of you.
4- Your big day can be whatever you choose it to be. I loved the decision we made to have a destination wedding on the tropical beaches of Mexico but it could have gone two ways, only a few people would come and it would have turned into a small elopement, or what did happen, and everyone we cared and loved make the flight. It was truly the best decision we could have made. The one thing that was tough was trying to spend enough time with everyone we invited. There was never enough time to chat and spend quality time with everyone so we were constantly bouncing around. Though I wouldn’t have changed anything about our decision and the incredible turn out, it would have certainly been a lot more relaxing with fewer numbers.
5- How many people can attend an elopement? It doesn’t need to just be you, your partner and witnesses. It can be a small ceremony with your parents and besties. There are no rules to how to plan. It doesn’t mean that you’re only allowed to invite so many guests, it just means you’re planning a day SOLELY around the two of you with much fewer guests.
Want to chat more about your big day? Click the contact button and we can chat the day away. I’d love to work through what’s on your mind and help you plan the most epic day, whether you decide on an adventure elopement, destination wedding or a large local wedding. I will help you every step of the way and I CAN’T WAIT!