Pros And Cons Of A Destination Elopement

August 15, 2020
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Pros and Cons of a Destination Elopement

You’ve always paved your own path; you’re adventurous and love the unconventional. The way you celebrate your wedding with your partner should also reflect who you two are as a couple, so you’re considering opting for an intimate, destination elopement. 

Planning a proper destination elopement can still be a large undertaking especially when you do plan to host a reception back home for friends and family. It is a common misconception that eloping is effortless—everything from researching the ideal destination, to obtaining any applicable permits, to hiring a photographer, and an ordained minister to marry you can all still cause stress in planning. Most of the advantages of eloping can also be seen as a double-edged sword to some, so be sure to consider everyone’s needs while still holding true to yourself and your vision.

While this may not be an option to some couples with large families, destination elopements are becoming more and more popular now with social media platforms showcasing the intimacy and beauty of sharing your vows in nature. You can choose to elope alone, just the two of you, or you can invite a select few friends and/or family to share the experience with.

Many couples can be bashful about professing their love for one another in the most genuine, vulnerable way with 100-200+ guests hanging on their every word. If you fall into this category then you can choose to elope by yourselves. By choosing to elope someplace other than your home area, you can get married in privacy at the top of a mountain, or on a beach, then celebrate with everyone once you have already tied the knot! This option can help relieve any stage fright you may have about being the center of attention while still having all your loved ones involved in your celebrations. If that’s the case for you, be sure to explain that to friends and family if you get some resistance on your decision.

If you do choose to still involve friends in family, but are looking for a unique way to share your vows while limiting your guest list, a destination elopement is a perfect way to have your cake and eat it, too! Close friends and family will likely make the trek out to your dream location, however if you have older family members or friends that are in a tight financial situation, be prepared for guests to opt out of attending. While this may be a perk to some couples as it keeps the guest count low, for some it can be devastating getting RSVPs declining from people they’d love to share the experience with.

Whatever your decision may be, if you choose a destination elopement with or without a reception when you get back home, make sure you stay true to what you and your partner want to do in the end. It may ruffle the feathers of more traditional friends and family, but ultimately it is your day and you should celebrate it your way.

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