Destination Elopements: Everything You Need to Know!

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A destination elopement is all a girl dreams of, right? The idea of running away with the love of your life is exciting and it’s no longer something that seems out of the ordinary. In fact, it’s becoming as popular as eloping at city hall!

About Destination Elopements

Why exactly are destination elopements becoming so popular? It turns out, traditional views of marriage are changing, financial situations are changing and people simply want to mix things up a bit! The younger generation has been gifted with plenty of opportunities to go and see the world and don’t actually have the capital to throw a traditional wedding. Think about all the stories our grandparents told us about their own weddings, they were like 20 years old and having these huge weddings with over 100 guests! Nowadays, people are choosing to invest this money in their own future and keep things simple and cost-efficient by having an elopement.

I know what you’re thinking, destination elopements aren’t even cost-efficient, but just how cost efficient they actually come down to how you see the bigger picture. Destination elopements can actually end up saving you money! You’ll be having your elopement and honeymoon at the same place, you won’t be paying for 80 guests, there aren’t any hidden costs, you won’t be paying an arm and a leg for an enormous wedding venue which you’ll end up having to decorate, and all of your expenses go towards you and your husband having a romantic and intimate time together in a wonderful place!

Okay, so let’s get down to discussing the actual need to knows about your destination elopement!

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Eloping etiquette

There’s actual etiquette when it comes to eloping, and it’s not something you should overlook. Yes, the elopement is purely for you and your future hubby, but you have friends and family who care for you deeply and surely they deserve to be kept in the loop? Because you’re having a destination elopement, it’s always a good idea to let people know about your decision forehand. If they’re important to you, let them know why you’re eloping and what it means to you.

You can always host a pre-elopement or post-elopement party, this way you can give everyone the deets of your elopement.  If you’re a little bummed out that your family and friends won’t be there, elopement parties are the next best thing! It’s a great way of celebrating with your loved one.

Destination Eloping packages

You’re bound to find elopement packages anywhere in the world! These offer simple and affordable means to planning an elopement that’s happening halfway around the world. If you’re unfamiliar with the area it’s always a good idea to opt for an elopement package. The packages will take care of all of your elopement needs, from officiants to decor, and photography and cute little one tier elopement wedding cakes!

We love the idea of elopement packages and if you click over here you’ll find a variety of different elopement packages from across the world!

All inclusive elopement and honeymoon packages

Keep an eye out for these gems! Just like elopement packages but more! Your honeymoon accommodation is going to be sorted as well as an activity itinerary!

Packages are a really good idea if you’re exploring a place for the first time. It can be pretty scary eloping in a place you’ve never even visited. How are you going to know who the best vendors are? Where are all the cool spots? Are there any specific legal requirements? Packages will cover all of these concerns and allow things to run as smoothly as possible.

Inexpensive places to elope

Destination elopements don’t have to be an expensive extravaganza! There are beautiful places across the globe that are affordable and elopement friendly. Check at what the exchange rates for each country are, because what’s overpriced in one place may be a bargain in the next.

These are the top 5 cheapest places to elope:


The British Virgin Islands



The Greek Islands

If you’re planning on eloping with a budget, take a look at our favorite, most affordable elopement destinations from all around the world!

Destination elopement planning checklist

It’s always a good idea to have an elopement checklist. You don’t want to end up halfway across the world and realize you’ve forgotten an essential item for your elopement. Elopement checklists ensure that everything goes to plan, that you haven’t missed something completely and that you have a well-thought elopement,

So what exactly should be on your elopement checklist? Let’s start with the basics, your attire (which includes some make-up and accessories), his attire, an organized photographer, an officiant, your location for your ceremony, some special decor items you might want to include for your ceremony and book all the vendors.

Some things to think about planning:

  • Plan where you’ll be having your elopement photoshoot
  • Convert your currency
  • Organizing charging ports to stay in contact with everything
  • Have a back-up ceremony location (just in case your location is weather dependent)
  • Research the legal requirements for marriage (each country has a different set of legal requirements, so it’s a good idea to be on top of these things)
  • Organize some sweets and treats, this could be an expensive bottle of celebratory champagne or your very own elopement cake

Here’s a well set out elopement checklist that you’ll be able to keep on hand for your destination elopement!

Unique destination eloping ideas

Your elopement day is super special, so why not add some super special touches!

Send out some elopement announcement cards

Through an after elopement party!

Video call your friends and family after your elopement

Have your very own elopement wedding cake

Take some cute polaroid pictures

Bring along your fur baby!

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