Just because you're running away to get hitched doesn't mean you can't document the moment with professional photography. In fact, it can be the one splurge you make, because the pretty photos will last far longer than centerpieces or a wedding cake.
One of our tips for a nontraditional wedding is to be spontaneous, which is possible when you're eloping because you don't have to work around your third cousin's graduation or deal with out-of-towners making flight reservations. How cute are these two?
One of the key benefits of a just-us ceremony is saving big bucks. From paying for family members' flights to food for 100-plus guests to elaborate floral centerpieces, the wedding tab racks up fast. True newlywed bliss is starting off a debt-free life together. This bride saved on the dress by making it herself!
Whether it's your closest friends and family present or just the two of you, when you elope the guest list is free of acquaintances and on-the-fence relatives. It's quality over quantity, and no one will scoff at you for inviting whomever you want (including horse-y companions!).
The moment is completely centered on the two of you, you're not having to appease mothers-in-law or bossy bridesmaids, so make every aspect uberpersonal. This couple incorporated the bride's childhood wish to fly away with balloons, exchanged self-written vows, and went to their favorite restaurant after the ceremony. The bride even made the ceramic cake topper!
Not only can you pick whatever food and dessert you'd like — no guest food allergies or diet restrictions to consider — but you'll actually be able to eat in peace, instead of running around greeting all the guests at the reception. You can even just share doughnuts if you want!
You can still have a reception to share your newly wedded joy with loved ones, it'll just be days, weeks, or months after quietly tying the knot. And the party won't have to be a stuffy, pricey event. It can be at you and your hubby's fave line-dancing bar, a combo housewarming soiree, or a classy cocktail happy hour.