You’re engaged! Congratulations! What excitement awaits, yet some daunting decisions to make. I hope this blog helps you with that much-needed pros and cons of eloping vs. planning that big extravagant wedding.
First let’s just cut to the chase about cost. Undoubtedly the cost of a wedding means the rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony, the reception and all the comes with them. That dream wedding vision will typically cost at least $30K or more. Where a destination wedding is no more than half as much.
Let’s walk thru this one by one. Most weddings have a lot of decisions to make as well as many unwanted opinions from venues, to food, to flowers, to colors and on and on. The more people involved the more opinions good and bad. With an elopement those opinions are far more scarce leaving you to make your own decisions and more often together as a couple. Who doesn’t like to plan a trip or imagine being on one?
When you elope however, you will only invite your closest friends and family. This could cause hurt feelings and disappointment to those guests that can’t make that trip or perhaps don’t get invite to your more intimate affair. Making the decision on who you really want at your wedding is likely either easy or difficult. One thought perhaps is that if it’s truly easy, elopement might just be for you after all! Most couples I know will agree they have far more people at their big weddings they don’t know well. Surrounding yourself by those who matter most means they will likely be the same people who matter most at your 25th anniversary!
What do you imagine for your big day? Do you imagine a gorgeous church wedding and that’s all that you can think of? Or do imagine a beautiful landscape with a beach or mountains or loads of green space? Or maybe the most romantic places in the world is the right destination for your wedding? The choices really can be endless. The con, it’s not the big soiree and less attendees, which also mean a lot less presents.
Privacy is another consideration for your wedding day. It’s certainly not very private to conduct a ceremony on a public beach. But on the other hand, does it matter? Only you can decide. I have seen many of them and as a spectator, it’s uplifting and romantic! Imagine the backdrops for those wedding shots!
There are significant considerations when planning a destination wedding vs. a simple elopement in Las Vegas. One of my good friends married in Las Vegas and she was happy to do it. Saved her significant money and she could afford a trip too. But, once she really saw that red carpet she realized it wasn’t really what she had hoped and she felt disappointed on her big day. She wished she had gone somewhere more romantic and had good pictures. She also expressed missing her family. She chose to keep it to a couple of family members, thus those who mattered most to her missed her big day and couldn’t share those memories.
Choosing your location well is one of the very best suggestions I can give for elopements or destination weddings. As I have traveled the world and seen many beautiful places, my knowledge guides my couples to the perfect wedding spot. With the location in mind, I know the right photographer for your wedding is critical and worth the expenditure. Remember the pro is that with your elopement you are already saving! You won’t have tons of wedding guests getting lots of extra shots, so your photographer not only needs to make up for that, but must make the destination count as well. One of my photographers loves this work and has been published in several magazines for her work. Imagine looking back at these amazing photos!
Great choices I recommend: Florence, Rome, Panama, San Miguel, Mexico City, New York, Chicago, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, Reykjavik
The last thing I will leave with is that memories is truly what you are after. Your wedding day should and will be special, but it goes by so quickly. Making your day truly memorable and uniquely special is the primary goal. How you achieve this goal is up to you. My passion is to make dreams come true while bringing our own boutique style approach. It’s uniquely yours, and yours alone.
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About Shannon: Shannon Lemp is an international wedding planner and stylist. Although St. Louis, MO and Chicago, IL are her typical hot spots for weddings and events, she loves to destination weddings as well! Ever thought of Iceland? She's been there too! Contact Info: Shannon Lemp, Wedding Planner & Wedding Stylist firstname.lastname@example.org 314.398.2900
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