That old concept of "running away" to get married in secret is coming back - elopements (whether they are secret or not), have become a strong trend in modern weddings. The idea of having an intimate ceremony, without family or friends, is gaining popularity especially among couples who do not want to worry about all the details and expenses of a big wedding.
How do elopements work?
In this style of weddings, the bride and groom dispense with everything and everyone to celebrate a romantic ceremony with just the two of them. The exchange of vows can occur anywhere: in an inn on the sea, a chapel in Las Vegas or even high in the mountains.
The important thing is to put aside the stress of traditional weddings and invest in an unforgettable moment to celebrate your new marriage by yourselves. In fact, the verb elope literally means "to run away and get married". And that is what the bride and groom do in an elopement: they flee from their families to say yes to each other, without guests (and without stress).
This type of wedding is getting more common for couples who already live together, for those who want to renew their vows or those who could not manage a celebration when they got married.
Is it cheaper?
In theory, solo weddings do not incur as many expenses as a big ceremony, since there is no need for a big reception with drinks, dancing, and dinner, among other things. But, depending on where the elopement is held, the cost may go up (especially if you travel outside the country).
Therefore, it's still best to organize an elopement in advance to save some money, even if you find romance in the spontaneity of it all. Start defining things at least a few months before the wedding. Some hotels, inns and resorts offer this type of package for intimate weddings and costs can vary depending on the season and amount of luxury you're looking for.
Even in an elopement, there are usually some elements of traditional weddings, such as a photographer to record the moment, a coordinator to take care of all the details and, of course, someone who officiates the wedding. The bride will probably want hair and makeup services as well!
Would you consider eloping?