What is an Elopement?
Technically, there isn’t one standard definition of what eloping is. It can mean a lot of different things to different people.
Not too long ago, eloping was seen as a couple running away and getting married without telling anyone (and it usually wasn’t seen in a good light). But now, people use the term “elope” to describe a number of different ways of tying the knot. Getting married at a courthouse, eloping in a foreign country or having a ceremony with a few of your family members all count as having an elopement…which is why it can be hard to find a set definition of eloping!
The Pros of Eloping
It can be just as much of a celebration as traditional weddings are!
Eloping was once seen as a way of saving you money, but more recently, it seems that eloping can be just as luxurious as an actual wedding. If you’re not too keen on missing out of the pretty things when it comes to weddings, fear not, because elopements can still beautiful celebrations! If you want your day to be just as big as your wedding day, then plan the most extravagant elopement! You can invest in the picturesque décor, the professional photographer and fancy formalwear.
There will be way less planning to do
Elopements in general simply have less planning to do than actual weddings. You’re not going to be organizing a big day for 80 guests, so things in the planning department will be going a lot smoother. (And if things don’t go to plan, it’s only you and your hubby you need to worry about!)
Just like you get wedding planners, you can also get elopement planners! They can take care of any of your elopement planning from anywhere in the world. So if you’re thinking of eloping in a foreign destination, elopement planners have got you covered!
All of your expenses go towards your and your hubby’s enjoyment!
When you don’t need to worry about making other people happy, you can spend money on the things that’ll make you and your partner happy. You won’t need to take anyone else’s preferences into account! Essentially you’ll be investing the money into your own happiness and the start of your new life as a married couple.
The Cons of Eloping
You’ll wish some people could be there
As amazing as intimacy is, and being able to celebrate the love with just the two of you, there’s bound to be people you wish were there. But as it goes, as soon as you invite one person, you’ll need to invite another, and your list will begin to trail on! If this is something you may be feeling a little bummed out with, consider having a post-elopement party, another beautiful reason to celebrate!
It may cause some drama
Many couples elope to avoid the drama, but sometimes elopements can actually create the drama. You’re going to have to be prepared for people being a little bit judgemental about your elopement plans. It’s still a new concept for some, and when you’re going against the standard, people are going to have something to say.
You might look back and regret not having a bigger celebration
Even though you might not regret not spending thousands of dollars, you might regret not celebrating the day in a bigger way. You’ll be missing out that one day that people get to shower you in love and praise!
A Traditional Wedding
If you’re still set on having a traditional wedding, we’ve laid out a few of the pros and cons. This way, it’s simpler to see what is most important to you. Hopefully, your decision will be a lot easier now!
The Pros of a Wedding
You get to celebrate with those nearest and dearest
Celebrations are always more fun when you are with your favorite people! Weddings provide the opportunity for you to immerse yourself in all the love people have for you. Sharing big moments in your life with other people is something you’ll cherish forever!
The celebration is more enthusiastic
Because of how many people you get to celebrate with, your wedding is going to be the biggest party! Happiness is contagious, and weddings are the perfect place to spread the good vibes!
It’s a reason to splurge
Even though weddings are going to cost you, it’s a good enough reason to spend your money. Being able to create a beautiful venue for your wedding is a top priority and it can be so fun to splurge on decor! Find your inspiration by going on Pinterest and creating your own inspiration boards, so that when the planning commences, you know what you’ll be spending your money on!
The Cons of a Wedding
Being budget-friendly can be a bust
Chances are you’re going to be spending quite a bot of money on just one day. When it comes to budgeting, you may opt for things that will work well with your budget, but won’t necessarily be the best for your wedding. What if you’ve always wanted beautiful orchards at your wedding, but roses just suit the budget better?
It can be a super stressful day!
With all the stress of the big day, you might miss the opportunities for enjoyment. It happens way too often that brides get so stressed that they can’t actually enjoy the whole process of the wedding. It’s no surprise that things are that stressful though, you’ve got a lot of planning to do!
You might not always get what you want
Weddings come with a lot of compromises. You won’t just be catering to just your needs, but the needs of all your guests and you’ll most likely take their preferences into consideration. You’ll want to make sure your guests are having as much fun as you, which could mean a lot more worrying.
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