Why elope? We’d like to share with you our top reasons to choose the freedom of eloping over a typical, big wedding. These may surprise you!
Our top reasons – Why Elope?
Meaningful Moments instead of Pressured Performance
Years ago when we planned our wedding day, we felt that we didn’t have the option of a small intimate wedding. Instead, we followed the crowd, planned our wedding with a “just like everyone else” timeline and found ourselves caught in a big event that didn’t fit our personalities.
The day was a whirlwind of moving from place to place, activity to activity – checking off boxes as we went along.
Follow a timeline. Dance at a specific time. Cut the cake, make sure we say hi to all the guests, and rush out the door before our time is up at the reception venue.
We missed our chance for meaningful, shared moments and dealt with the feeling of “performing” a big wedding for everyone.
If we could go back – we would do things SO differently.
We would have created our wedding day plans based on our love for shared experiences as a couple – instead of letting the big wedding template dictate our day. We would have planned a day that had plenty of quantity time together – to experience quality time with each other.
Prioritize time with each other by eloping
Lost in all the mix of our day was time spent alone – to have a “just us” experience. After our vows we were swept away into a timeline without taking a pause to enjoy our day.
Knowing what we know now – we would have made space for those precious moments to “happen.”
Why force smiles for rushed photos and act like we enjoyed dancing in front of 100s of people?
Our ideal experience would have been a small ceremony with our parents – then taking the time alone to “wander” together on our favorite trail in the midst of the Blue Ridge mountains’ splendor.
To take in the beauty of the place and the love we felt for each other all at once. To dance to our own song – together.
True story – we were so rushed (and full of nerves) on our day we completely skipped dinner at our reception. (A topic for another day – how much of that exquisite & expensive catering do couples really enjoy when they are rushed through a big wedding day?)
Hopping in our car to get out of town for our honeymoon, our first dinner together was at Burger King. Chicken sandwiches marked the start of this new chapter in our lives together! Sure, we can laugh about it now, but it is such a great example of how our day just wasn’t us.
Eloping is how you can forge your own path – and be true to your “why”
If you’ve read this far, we bet you’ve got a sense of being “different” about you. When everyone else follows, you ask “why?”
Likewise, we expect that typical cookie cutter weddings, cut and paste timelines – are not your thing.
Your wedding day is much too important to be dictated by what the rest of the wedding industry expects you to do. This is your opportunity to draw that proverbial line in the sand and define who you are as a couple.
Take a step back and reflect together on what’s really important to you as a couple. Think beyond what everyone else is telling you about your wedding day. Close your eyes – what do you see? That’s what we’re here to help you create.
Yes, you can have a zero stress day
Imagine a day as relaxing as getting dressed up for a fun, epic day with your soulmate. When the most you have to “worry” about is remembering to bring your bouquet, backpack, handwritten vows and change of shoes. Doesn’t that sound like – freedom?
You don’t have to bounce around from guest to guest with casual small talk or deal with an unruly coordinator who keeps a strict timeline. Why not leave all that behind?
Why elope? It means the flexibility to pause and enjoy the sunset, feel the cool breeze on a warm summer afternoon, or sharing a kiss as you take in the moment for all that it is meant to be. Life will be full of to-do lists – later. Let’s make this time completely yours.
We’ve seen too many couples get bogged down in the immense task of planning a big day. They get caught in the steamroller of the demands on their big day, trying to “keep everything together” – all the while seeing their opportunity to experience time together fall by the wayside.
Eloping is making everything right about your wedding day. About leaving all that stress behind and taking the time to experience the moment, together.
Your credit card will thank you
With the average wedding hovering around $30,000 – elopements are (in our opinion) a much more worthy investment & greater value. The worst feeling is to still be making payments on your wedding months or years later (we’ve been there, done that!).
When you are enjoying your beautiful images and epic elopement highlights film – you should be debt free. Get a head start on your financial plans together by keeping your wedding plans to what’s most important.
Curious to learn more about the cost? Check out our blog post on the cost of eloping vs a big wedding.
Why elope instead of a big wedding?
- Because this day is about you, free from having to meet everyone else’s expectations!
- When you elope, you can prioritize meaningful moments with each other instead of performing for everyone else.
- Planning a small wedding or elopement separates you from all the stress and drama of a big wedding.
Our heart is all about creating small, intimate experiences for couples to just be themselves and enjoy their wedding day. Feel like an elopement is for you? Reach out today and let’s chat about creating an adventurous day just for you!