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Elopements in 2020: Everything You Need to Know

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Couples with 2020 nuptials may now be considering elopement as a way to wed. Some may even be wondering what an elopement is and how to even begin planning one? Our friends over at Wandering Weddings know weddings, and they’re here to answer all your questions on elopments, minimonies, micro weddings, and more, as well as provide you some great tips to help with planning along the way!

How have elopements changed over time and what is now considered an elopement?

The definition of elopements and why couples decide to elope has changed completely. Elopements originally were defined when a couple decided to run away and get married out of shame or secrecy. Eloping was also highly associated with Las Vegas and having “Elvis” marry you.

Now eloping means celebrating your wedding how you want to. You don’t need to run off to Vegas to elope. You can actually elope anywhere in the world together. Elopements put priority and complete focus on the couple.

Couples decide to elope because they want something different. They prioritize experiences over things, and they want a more intimate wedding day experience.

So many couples go the traditional route and realize they don’t remember much from the day, or they didn’t agree with all the traditions they felt they “needed” to incorporate.

When you decide to elope, you decide how and where you get married. You can get married in your backyard, in a forest, or on top of a mountain. If you love a certain wedding tradition, then you can incorporate it into your elopement. Or you can just say I do and explore together! You can get married completely on your own together, or you can bring your immediate family or close friends to witness your I dos.

The options are endless, and there’s no rule book you need to follow.

How can a couple plan their elopement online during coronavirus?

Coronavirus has presented challenges for couples who are planning their wedding this year. However, it has also opened up their eyes to a different form of wedding planning they didn’t know existed.

When it comes to planning a wedding, couples are usually pointed in one direction, which may not suit their taste, personality, or convenience.

Planning an elopement can be done completely online, which is something that a lot of couples are loving. You can find pretty much everything you need online with the right resources, including men’s wedding attire and vendors.

Instead of going to a traditional local tuxedo shop, Generation Tux and other online shopping options exist to make decisions easier and more convenient for couples while planning. 

If you need a photographer somewhere out of state, then Wandering Weddings has the perfect guides and vendors to help you along the way.

As technology changes the way we shop and communicate, it also changes the way we plan weddings.

We think it’s so important for couples to realize there is more than one way you can plan your wedding, and it doesn’t need to be associated with stress and complications. Get together with vendors and companies you love to help bring your vision to life! 

Elopements have gained popularity due to recent events and we are also hearing about micro weddings and minimonies. Are they the same?

Elopements, micro weddings, and minimonies have similarities between them, but they are all slightly different.

When it comes down to it, micro weddings are just like weddings but done on a smaller scale. Instead of 150 people, you may have 30 people at your ceremony. Couples who plan micro weddings are usually couples who want the same traditional wedding experience but on a much smaller scale.

Minimonies have gained popularity due to Coronavirus, and a lot of couples are planning these to celebrate their original planned wedding date together. Instead of waiting for their new wedding date, they decide to hold a commitment ceremony or elope before their big wedding day.

Elopements are much more intimate and have no more than 10 guests. While elopements, minimonies, and micro weddings all have characteristics that can overlap, elopements are usually the one that goes the farthest from tradition. 

What is one thing you hear from couples who have chosen to elope?

Couples love the intimacy that comes with eloping. They love how they have a whole entire day dedicated to their love and unity without being compromised by distractions or drama. Instead of being limited to 5 hours, these couples plan a whole day or even a multi-day elopement adventure together. 

They love how easy eloping was, and how stress-free the whole planning process was for them.

You have been a part of a lot of elopements, what advice would you provide to couples considering an elopement?

Hiring vendors who you can depend on is an absolute must when it comes to planning an elopement. Elopement photographers usually wear multiple hats when it comes to elopements. They will help you plan, they will document your adventure together, and some may even be able to officiate your ceremony!

Lean on your vendors because they are the experts and are willing to help you in any way they can. They are passionate about what they do, they know all the secret spots, and they can also keep you informed about permits and regulations. 

Another important thing to plan for is extra time to ensure a stress-free day. You usually have more time when planning an elopement versus a traditional big wedding, but having a timeline helps you and your team stay on track with the things you want to do.

Couples should also remember to just take it easy and go with the flow. Like everything in life, things are bound to not go 100% according to plan. Whatever comes your way, bad weather or forgetting something, just roll with it and make the best of it. 

What is one overlooked part of planning an elopement?

Permits. Since elopements are becoming more popular, a lot of couples don’t understand there are rules and permit requirements for many adventurous locations they would want to elope to.

We try our best to provide location guides and information for these couples, and a lot of elopement photographers are aware of the requirements for the areas they specialize in. However, leave no trace (LNT), is a big part of planning couples overlook.

LNT is basically exactly what it sounds like, leaving no trace as you explore a park. So many couples don’t realize it but a lot of things we do during elopements can actually have a negative impact on the protected wildlife in national parks. 

Making sure you stay on the trail, pick up after yourself, and not bring decorations that may harm the wildlife is a must when considering your elopement destination. 

Guest Author, Amanda Morales / Executive Editor at Wandering Weddings

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