Let’s face it – planning a wedding can be a stressful, time-consuming and overwhelming process.  Whether you’re celebrating your love with a couple hundred of your extended friends and family or going for a smaller, more intimate ceremony, tying the knot means months of planning, researching and organizing even the tiniest of details.  With all of the hoopla surrounding it, some couples are taking to the traditions of old and sealing their story with an elopement.

Deciding to elope, however, isn’t how it used to be.  Long gone is the idea of two lovebirds running away to Vegas and coming back with a big secret (although that would be pretty cool).  Unlike formal weddings, today’s elopements have turned into small, intimate ceremonies with your closest pals, and the best part is – they can be done in a smaller time frame and within a limited budget, all without sacrificing any of your wedding day must-haves.

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Kelsey Prater Photography

Pick a Location with Meaning

When deciding where to tie the knot, choose a place that has special meaning to you and your spouse.  This might mean the place where you met, had your first date, or at the church where your grandparents got married.  Create a space that is unique to your love and make it yours.

Elopement in Field | 6 Tips for Planning the Perfect Elopement | CRUphoto | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com

All-Inclusive Packages

Since one of your goals of getting eloped is to keep your spending to a minimum, try booking a venue that offers all-inclusive packages.  Some venues may even offer elopement deals for couples who would rather focus on their vows than the logistics. Look for a package that incorporates vendor services, including photography, flowers and the wedding cake.

I Do Me Too Engraved Wedding Cake Forks  | 6 Tips for Planning the Perfect Elopement | Love Behind the Lens Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Love Behind the Lens Photography

Splurge on What’s Important

Even if your elopement means you’re spending less money, don’t forget that it’s okay to leave a little room to spend more on what matters to you the most.  It may be a good idea to spend a few more bucks on hiring a hair and makeup team to pamper you and make you look your best on your big day or a professional caterer to coordinate food preparation.

Classic Wedding Makeup with Lashes and Pink Lipstick | 6 Tips for Planning the Perfect Elopement | Madeline Trent Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Madeline Trent Photography

Make it Yours

If your going for a smaller ceremony, be sure that you personalize it to your tastes, feelings and personal history.  For example, if you tie the knot in a small ceremony in the woods, get creative with the decorations. Try working with a decorator to come up with a fun way to incorporate what makes you feel special.  This may mean showcasing special photos or symbolic floral arrangements.

Custom Wedding Cookes | 6 Tips for Planning the Perfect Elopement | Love Behind the Lens Photography | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Love Behind the Lens Photography

Give Attention to Detail

A smaller number of guests gives you the chance to do a little extra preparation for your ceremony and reception.  If you’re opting for a sit down meal after the vows, think of it as a family get together. Because you will be focusing on the intimacy of your big day, make notice of small details such as decor and place settings.

Cake Cutting at Elopement | 6 Tips for Planning the Perfect Elopement | Texture Photo | The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Texture Photo

Keep it Intimate

If you’re choosing to have guests at your elopement, limit it to those who are closest to you.  Elopements are known for being smaller and more private ceremonies, meant to be shared with people who have played an important role in your life.

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