11 Unique Elopement Ideas For Couples Who Don't Want to Stress Over a Big Wedding
Some women are more bridechillas than bridezillas and would rather keep the guest list down to a minimum than worrying about the stress of planning a wedding. And what better way to achieve that than to not invite anyone else but your soon-to-be spouse?
More couples are foregoing the traditional ceremony and reception for low-key nuptials like an elopement, and we completely see the benefits of doing so. You can save time, money, and effort, and most importantly, you're able to focus on what your big day should really be about: you and your partner. Because let's be real, most weddings aren't about you, they're about your guests. One way to shift that power back into your hands is to elope! Even if the idea of running off with your SO sounds more stressful than romantic, the concept of an elopement has been redefined by modern couples. Think of it as an intimate wedding between just the two of you and/or with your closest friends and family. (The whole secret part is only optional nowadays.)
To help inspire you, we've put together 11 different elopement ideas; some are unique and casual, while others prove that small doesn't have to mean simple. See them ahead!
A destination elopement is an especially great idea because you don't have to worry about flying your guests out, and your wedding can also double as your honeymoon. How about a personal ceremony in Cancún, Mexico?
City Hall Elopement
Dress as casual or as fancy as you'd like at City Hall. This couple, in particular, decided to fly to San Francisco alone to tie the knot and make it into a five-day trip of sightseeing.
Cool and Casual Elopement
This couple held an old-school-style New York elopement, allowing just a handful of friends and family to witness their union. The couple then celebrated with a private reception between the two of them at a classy cocktail bar.
Why stress over selecting a wedding venue when you can bring the wedding to you? This couple opted for an intimate sunset ceremony on the edge of Pinto Canyon, followed by a Champagne celebration with a small white cake. The only people invited were the bride, groom, officiant, and photographer.
This elopement at Disney World's Beach Club Resort is just one example of how you can incorporate your favorite fandom into your big day. Not having a guest list means you have more creative freedom and no one can complain about how over-the-top you go.
Casual Courthouse Elopement
In the case that you do want to sneak off and marry like these two, a courthouse ceremony is the perfect way to keep it between just the two of you without any of the extra hassle.
Say "I do" and don't look back. Ride out the excitement of tying the knot and have a road-trip honeymoon to follow.
Sounds crazy, but it's been done before! If you really want to go with a unique route, exchange vows in a hot-air balloon like this couple, and capture your own photos with a GoPro.
Since you don't have a lengthy guest list to work with, virtually any location can be your venue — even a forest. Bring along a violinist to set the scene as you walk to the "altar," and replace the reception with a small hot beverage station to enjoy as newlyweds, like this couple did.
Just because it's an elopement, doesn't mean you have to skimp on the details. This beautifully decorated scene in the woods is both the ceremony and intimate "reception" location.
Romantic Manor Elopement
How incredible would it be to have an entire wedding venue to yourselves? If budget isn't an issue, go as grand as you'd like and enjoy a private estate between the two of you.