However, sometimes timing and details can get overwhelming. Eventually, the idea of hosting a large and extravagant wedding may no longer be as desirable as intended.
Elopements have come a long way - it is no longer about clandestine lovers, running away and getting married. Nowadays, elopements are a simple, yet beautiful and intimate way to confess your love for each other.
Destination elopements are perfect for couples who would rather focus on the vows than the details. Its intimacy also means that you can get married virtually anywhere you want! Whether it’d be a sun destination or elsewhere, you and your partner have the flexibility to go wherever you desire, without having to worry about the nitty-gritty wedding logistics.
Though the attitudes of elopements are not as negative as it was in the past, it’s still good to ensure that those close to you are comfortable with the idea. Here are some things to consider before committing to it.
Get your ‘blessings’ – Though eloping ultimately entails just you and your partner, it’s still mindful to consider the feelings of those close to you. Prepare to experience different reactions (for better or for worse) from your friends and family. If you’re completely set on eloping, be prepared to explain why it is the option that’s best for you.
Know that eloping doesn’t necessarily mean that others cannot attend – The beauty and charm of eloping is the level of intimacy that it comes with. However, this whole traditional notion of eloping is not set in stone. Invite those closest around you to witness your day.
Get a photographer – If you’re jet-setting to another destination, the worst thing would be to forego documenting it. Hire a photographer to ensure that every moment of your big day is captured.
Celebrate with others in a way that you’re comfortable – While guests might not be there for your actual wedding, consider doing a post-wedding dinner or party to celebrate your nuptials. Not only does this give your guests an opportunity to celebrate you, it might also alleviate some of their anxieties they might've had about your elopement.
Happiness is most Important – Logistics and advice aside, at the end of the day it’s ultimately you and your partner's decision on what option is best. There’s a lot of fuss and energy that goes into wedding planning and even elopements. What matters most is that you are happy with your decision!