Whether you’re considering eloping because of a pandemic, or you’re just not into the production of a traditional wedding, eloping could be the most fulfilling thing you do as a couple! Throughout this list, I’ll bust some common myths around elopements and hopefully inspire you to make your wedding day unique, authentic, and unforgettable! Before we get into it, you can always read my other blog all about HOW to elope in the Asheville area if you’ve already decided you want to elope! You can find that here!
OK, I know what you must be thinking… “But, our wedding day will be all about us regardless of how we get married!”. Well, maybe so, but hear me out. With the majority of traditional weddings, most of the decisions you make about your wedding day will revolve around the guests. Food (how much, what type, will they be happy with our choices?), venue (will everyone fit?), whether you can seat your Aunt Joanne next to your Cousin Bobbie, and the list goes on. (While we’re on the topic of guests, have you had a disagreement about the guest list yet?!).
Every year on your anniversary, you’re going to remember your wedding day. Do you want to remember it as a stressful day with so much happening that it ended up being a blur? Or do you want to remember it as a care-free experience? Why can’t you have a relaxing experience just soaking up the day with the person you love, without all the added pressure of a traditional wedding? YOU CAN! And you shouldn’t feel bad about it!
Here’s a truth bomb. Your wedding day should be 100% how and what you want it to be! It’s YOUR day, not anyone else’s! I understand the pressure you might feel from family or friends to be included. They want to be apart of your day! But what if I told you, you can include them?! Elopements don’t have to be just the two of you, which leads me to my next point!
Elopements don’t have to feel like you’re running away to Vegas and getting married in secret. You could still include 30 people and it still feel like an elopement! A modern day elopement isn’t how our grandmothers described it. The term “elopement” doesn’t have a negative connotation anymore. It’s taking on a new definition. It just means you’re going to have a day that is authentic to you and how you envision it!
Regardless of how or what you do on your big day, it’s STILL your WEDDING DAY! Whether it’s just the two of you, a couple of your closest friends and/or immediate families, you will still make a promise to each other. You will still celebrate your love. The bones of the whole ceremony will still be there! It just won’t be steeped in the pressures and obligations of a traditional wedding. Here’s the best part: you can still enjoy some of the more mainstream wedding traditions. You can wear a dress or suit, you can have flowers, you can have cake, you can have a first-look, you can have a first dance, and more! Check out the first-look down below!
If you can dream it, you can do it! You can do as much and as little as you want! What do you love doing as a couple? Whether it’s hiking, climbing, or just cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway, why can’t you do those things instead of creating an event just for your guests? Even if you’d rather do a more city-inspired ceremony, we can do that too! It’s your day! Make it YOURS! I’ll help you plan and document whatever we dream up!