I know what you’re thinking… Britney, how are you going to talk about elopements when 1. You have never planned a wedding and 2. Have only shot 2 Traditional Elopements (Not the Adventure Elopements like the ones that are popular today)
Technically an elopement is more or less a very intimate wedding with no more than about 50 guests.
Many of my friends and family who are married have mentioned multiple times “Yeah if I were to do it all over again…” and following up with how they would choose to Elope!
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I totally understand wanting to have this big grand wedding surrounded by all of your friends and family. I mean, thats how weddings have been for centuries. The whole idea behind marriage was that two entire families would become one!
So why would an engaged couple stop their wedding plans and decide to elope?
This is how I feel.
A wedding of all things, to the love of your entire life, should never be so stressful that you hate the entire process leading up to getting married.
Engagement is a time to really just enjoy that part of your lives leading into becoming a married couple. I’ve heard numerous amounts of people, people I know, people at the table across from me at a restaurant, family members, and even some of my own engaged couples talk about how stressful the entire process is to plan a wedding. Quite honestly a lot of them have even said “I just can’t wait for it to be over”.
Of course, planning a big event can definitely come with a little bit of stress, I’d consider that normal. But “I just can’t wait for it to be over.” Sounds to me like that’s the time to consider throwing those plans in the garbage and freaking elope.
Being engaged is a time in your life when you are supposed to be excited, overjoyed and filled with love and happiness to be with your soon-to-be husband or wife for the rest of your life! At the end of the day your wedding is about you, and the only thing that matters is that you get to spend forever