How to Plan an Elopement – Four Practical Aspects

Are you planning to elope? Often, couples opposed to a formal wedding event ponder on this question. Maybe, you are second-guessing your big celebration plans due to the overwhelming weight of the obligations and social expectations.  Or, perhaps, it’s just a case of getting it over with because current events seem to be conspiring against your wedding dreams.

How to plan an elopement - Bride and groom walking hand in hand on a beach in Normandy France
Elopement photos in Normandy, France captured by Elopement Photographer Odrida from The Paris Photographer

This article will guide you about some practical aspects worth your consideration while planning an elopement.

How to Plan an Elopement – What Practical Aspects to Think About

You may find it overwhelming to figure out feeding so many people at a formal wedding with different considerations and diets and, as such, leading you to opt for an elopement. Note, one fun side to eloping, if you’re not a mega event planner, is that you don’t need to think about too many things.

However, this doesn’t necessitate opting out of each and everything. In any case, it’ll be helpful to consider some practical aspects of an elopement beforehand to get the most out of your special day.

First and foremost, you should make an effort to know your respective marriage license laws as every state and country hold their own legal rules. In case of a license requirement, it’ll be wise to seek answers to the following questions: 

1. What will be the waiting period between your wedding and getting the license?

2. Is there an appointment requirement at the city hall?

3. Are there any witness requirements? If yes, then what are they? 

4. Who will be able to serve as your witness?

5. Once you get answers to the above question, you can delve into some of the other practical aspects of elopement

Bride posing in the ceremony spot on the day of her elopement in Shangri La Paris
Bridal portraits inside Shangri La Paris
Couple photos on the staircase of Shangri La during Paris elopement
The majestic staircase of Shangri La Paris

Tip 1: Narrow your Elopement Location Choices to One Specific Area

Limiting your travel destination to a single country or a city will be wise, even if your elopement ceremony involves a destination far away. It’ll complicate things in case of a global search. Keep your elopements as simple as you can, just like they are supposed to be. But, if you’re finding it hard to focus on one area, it’ll be better, to begin with, the least desirable areas and go from there. Here is a quick guide on the best places to elope in the world.

Tip 2: Keep an Eye Out for the Vendor Prices

Although most of you may think of an elopement as a cheap affair owing to its simplicity, it can sometimes become way expensive. Despite saving money on the guest list, the elopement may incur several vendor payments. First off, with a location hosting weddings on a regular basis, the blocking out of the venue for your elopement may come with a massive fee. 

Paris elopement photo shoot - Eiffel Tower wedding pictures
Eloping to Paris allows for some incredible wedding photos

What’s more? It’ll be beneficial to factor in other additional vendor fees too. These may include the cost of your wedding dress and fees for a videographer, photographer, veil, and any other accessories. Just because you’re opting for an elopement instead of a formal wedding, the above factors will not come with cheaper price tags.

Tip 3: Have Your Rings and Vows Ready Beforehand

One of the first questions while planning for an elopement ideally is regarding the rings. Are you into them? Or the whole thing is outdated? If you answer yes, then make sure to order your wedding rings well ahead of time.

Although having your vows can be memorable, you can also merely follow the judge’s lead. It’ll be wiser to decide on self-written vows as part of your elopement event ahead of time. 

Elopement in Santorini - pictures captured by Elopement photographer Odrida from The Paris Photographer
Santorini elopement photos captured by Odrida – The Paris Photographer

Tip 4: Hiring a Professional Photographer

It’s highly recommended to hire a professional elopement photographer well before the special day. Trust me when I say that you don’t want to miss out on having memorable photos for the future. With photographers offering hourly rates, you may miss out on hiring one on the elopement day.

Having a handful of fantastic, high-quality photos will only add value to the experience and offer cherished memories.

We hope that you have enjoyed these elopement planning tips. In case you are considering Paris, France as your destination wedding, you might want to check out the Paris elopement guide that we have created. This guide has been designed to help you at every step in planning your dream Paris elopement.

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2 thoughts on “How to Plan an Elopement – Four Practical Aspects

ALex Gaspar
Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

Amazing portfolio, superb images!

    Fran
    Thursday, November 17th, 2022

    Thank you so much!

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