What is an elopement?
Should you elope?
Why I eloped: Our story
Pros and Cons of Elopements. (Reasons to elope & Reasons to have a traditional wedding)
Tips for eloping (Things to keep in mind)
- Elopement invitations/Elopement announcements
- The hard choice:Elope or a destination wedding
- Things to keep in mind for elopement pictures
- United States elopement destinations
- International elopement destinations
What is an elopement / What is eloping?
Should I elope?
For travel lovers: Elope OR Destination Wedding?
Why I eloped and my elopement story
Reasons to Elope (and not to elope)
Pros: Why you should elope
Cons: Why not to elope
Tips for eloping
Do you want a private ceremony somewhere remote? Would you be happy with a national park? Do you know anyone who can legally officiate or do you need to hire someone? Do you still want the setting to be elaborately decorated? What is NOT negotiable that you want from a traditional wedding? This can include a traditional wedding dress and/or vows. Do you want to go hiking or climbing to where you get married? (The sky and your budget is your limit!)
What to keep in mind when hiring an elopement photographer
If your photographer is local, you can save on costs (depending on where you're shooting) and they might have local knowledge of some great spots, however you might need to flexible in terms of style depending on how many photographers are in the area (can be harder for more remote areas).
I repeat: Do not go cheap on the photos as they are your only memory of your big day and how you will share the big news with your family/friends. It is worth it to find the right photographer and to cut back on other parts of the budget.
For me, it was important to have a photographer who captured the locations and us in those locations in an iconic way that made it uniquely Amsterdam. (This includes cute cats!) As a photographer myself, I had quite a few must have shots that I worked with my photographer to have.
Elopement invitations & elopement announcements
I decided to call my family to invite them after we set the date before our elopement and like a hipster, I invited all my friends via a Facebook event organized at the last moment. Don't expect many people to come as your elopement may not be somewhere convenient, however you might be surprised who can make it.
Best Places to Elope & truly unique elopement places
Best places to elope in the USA
Eloping in Vegas, Nevada, USA
Elopement in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Elopement in Colorado, USA
Elopement in Miami, Florida, USA
We were in Florida in January 2016 visiting family and again discussing the difficulty in getting our families together and where to have our wedding when we decided to elope. It made so much sense to us, and eradicated the problems of being from two different countries. We went on a road trip around South Florida, only the two of us knowing our secret plan. On February 17th we met with an officiant on the beautiful and quiet North Beach in Miami, and said our vows with just the ocean as a witness. It was perfect!
Elopement in New York City, USA
Elopement in Redwood Forest, California, USA
Elopement in Hawaii, USA
International elopment destinations
Elopement in Jamaica (Montego Bay)
Elopement in Bali, Indonesia
Elopement in Santorini, Greece
Elopement in Ecuador
Elopement in Italy (Florence)
Elopement in Paris, France
A Unique Elopement in Ukraine
With the help of friends, some old, some new, everything was prepared for us. Getting married in the Ukraine is especially unique because the colors, the traditions, and the non-stop food/drinks and dancing. We had the best day of our lives! From traveling back and forth to/from the church on horseback, to the process of getting the bride and groom ready (braiding the bride’s hair, the traditional outfit which is totally handmade including the exotic jewelry….the more beads worn, the richer you are in the eyes of society….the traditional shoes, down to the feather in the groom’s cap…worn on the right when single, left once wed…etc.) – Everything has meaning! One interesting tradition is the bread. The bride and groom gets to pull it apart and whoever gets the bigger part is the boss of the home. Guess who got the bigger part?! That’s right, I’m the #bosslady….LOL Later, the bread is distributed to the guests then, lastly, given to the newlyweds.
The party continues into the reception, including homemade moonshine with golden roots, vodka, wine and much much more. There are also different kinds of dance moves, like placing the bride & groom inside a circle of guests. The funny part is that, even without our families being present, the native participants will make you feel like a member of their community! Believe me, you will have the best time of your life. Thanks to Olga Maria from Dreams in Heels.