Are You Thinking of Eloping For Your Wedding?
More people these days are eloping for their wedding. I answer a few questions below, like What is Eloping?, Why should you Elope?, Where should I Elope to?
If you have more questions that you would like answered, please comment at the bottom.
What is Eloping?
Eloping is a marriage conducted without the knowledge of the couple's family and friends, particularly their parents. Typically, those who elope only have a ceremony and do not host a reception or celebration.
To elope suggests that you forgo a formal wedding and elope for just the ceremony instead. In modern times, eloping does not necessarily mean running away, and some couples who choose to elope do inform their families before their ceremony (although not always inviting them to attend). Sometimes, the couple invites just a handful of friends and/or family to attend.
During COVID-19, I was fortunate to be able to sign the marriage document because only 5 people could attend the ceremony (the Bride and Groom, the Officiant, and two witnesses). During COVID-19, elopement style weddings have become very popular for those still wanting to get married, even if that means less people can attend.
Why should you Elope?
This question is a popular one & can be very confusing for some couples. There’s so many factors when it comes to planning a wedding & at some point most couples think about just running away, leaving the chaos and pressure of a big wedding behind to elope. Eloping isn’t for everyone, but it is a great option for a lot of couples planning to get married in a more low-key way. It doesn’t have to be some crazy travel adventure either, the best part of elopements is you can do it however you darn well please! Of course you can run to the mountains for an adventure elopement but you can also get married in your your own living room or backyard if that’s what your heart desires. Here’s a few reasons why a lot of couples choose to elope when they get married.
1. Government Restrictions. As of the writing of this blog post, the government has mandated a limit on the amount of people gathering, as well as many venues have been temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
2. Not So Much Stress. Some couples can find that not only the planning (do you need a wedding planner?) Leaving behind the stress of planning a big wedding. Focus on what is the most important to you two.
3. Savings. It makes sense, with a smaller event usually comes a lower cost. Some vendors offer elopement deals, don't be afraid to ask. These savings can also allow you to relocate more funds to things that you feel are the most important that you might not have been able to do with a traditional wedding. Maybe you want that stunning mountaintop location, that designer dress or suit, that delicious caterer, that top officiant, or that amazing photographer. Find what is most important for you and find the people to make it happen.
4. You Are The Focus. The complete focus is on the couple, not an event set up to please your parents, or your extended family. There are distractions and people pulling you in a thousand directions.
Where should I Elope to?
Elope Ontario has some great options including Bayfield Boutique Bed & Breakfast, Stillwater on the Lake, Elope Guelph, La Petite Chapelle in Innerkip, and Wedding Cake Cottage. Click on the name to learn more about each location.
In addition to Elope Ontario, there is also Tiny Weddings and Elope Niagara just to name a few.
Many people are also having their weddings at parks, cottages, lake houses, and even their backyard.
Other than eloping within southern western Ontario, many couples choose to go to the Caribbean and Mexico to a many resorts that offer elopement services.
I offer an Elopement Special. Contact Me if you are interested in Eloping and you need a photographer to capture it all for you!
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