In simplest terms, "Eloping" means having an intentionally intimate wedding. Elopements are often nontraditional and free spirited in form. Elopements usually have 0-20 guests, and are centered around authenticity and celebrating the true meaning of the day.
That's a great question. And also one that has no answer because there is no such thing as a "typical elopement". I can say that at one point will likely exchange vows or devotions to one another, but other than that the rest is a free for all! That's why elopements are so dang cool. You truly create your own wedding day story. It can be as chill or adventure packed as your heart desires.
Traditional wedding: referring to a wedding with a sizable guest count, typically in the hundreds. Larger weddings like these usually have similar events and timelines that follow some sort of tradition. With elopements, you are free to follow or unfollow traditions. Your day is not wrapped around entertaining and hosting guests, but instead it's about celebrating your love without the all the distractions & hustle and bustle of a big event. Elopements are very intentional and intimate events with a handful of your closest and dearest loved ones. or no guests at all. In my (very biased) opinion, elopements are much more memorable than larger events. And it's not because they mean more - every marriage is sacred. I say this only because those who elope are able to have the time they need to soak everything in & be totally present on their big day.
Elopements are typically much smaller than intimate weddings! While intimate weddings typically have 20-50 guests, elopements have under 20 guests or none at all. Because of the guest list size, it's more common for intimate weddings to have a more traditional venue, whereas elopements are free to happen anywhere in the world in the great outdoors.
This question deserves its own blog post. I promise it's going to be okay, and there are PLENTY of ways to include your family in your elopement day, many of which are even more meaningful than a traditional wedding.
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Yes!!! Many eloping couples (especially those with large families) decide to throw some sort of a gathering after their elopement day to celebrate their marriage with those special people who were not in attendance the day of! I mean...who wouldn't want 2 epic days??
Every package includes my services to you as your elopement guide. I will help you choose locations, activities, dates, everything. I am also here for those naggy little details, like National Park permits, etc that we may need. I got you! I want this to be as stress free as possible for you and your other half. I am also ordained if needed!
Absolutely not! Every elopement experience is unique and specifically designed around you. There are no rules and no boxes to fill. An adventure elopement doesn't need to include any sort of hiking at all if you don't want it to. There are plenty of other ways to visit epic locations to say your vows (like via boat, zip line, or helicopter).
NO. At least not with me, as I actually help plan your elopement! Location options, activities, timeline, etc, I'm your girl. Along the way I ensure the day we plan is the best, most authentic wedding experience for you and your soulmate.
Not only do I help you plan your event, but I am also ordained! It's really my goal to take on all the little details of the day so you don't have to. All I want is for you to be able to be fully present & in love on your wedding day!
Elopement packages with me include guidance & planning, full day photography, an amazing experience, and travel included to ANYWHERE in the U.S. Even if you're on the fence about eloping, hop on over to my How It Works page below to discover the epic process on how to jumpstart your best day ever! Let's make some magic!
Free Elopement Planning Guide