8 Elopement Destination Ideas We Love
With engagement season in full swing, many of you might be starting your wedding planning process. Although a big wedding bash with your closest family and friends is a great way to celebrate your union, a large party may not be for everyone. If you have a more intimate celebration in mind for just the two of you, you don't have settle on style. Check out our list of elopement friendly locations we love, along with ideas from elopement expert Shavon Hunter, of La Soirée Chic Events, who shares pro tips on how to create an awe-inspiring ceremony for two.
1. Exotic Destination
If you and your love are looking a destination that's elopement worthy and can double as an exotic honeymoon, then we suggest jumping on a plane. We love the idea of getting married and crossing an exotic destination like the Seychelles off your bucket list—all in one trip.
Pro tip: Now that you know how much you'd like to invest, pick a date. Since elopements can take place during the week, you could practically get married whenever and wherever you want.
2. Lakeside Romance
Who said an elopement has to be boring? We love the idea of your elopement having all of the elements of a traditional ceremony, but on a smaller scale. This picture-perfect lakeside elopement is perfect for the couple who wants to incorporate a theme and unique decorative details into their special day—like a lavish tablescape for a romantic postceremony dinner for two.
Pro tip: You should consider hiring an elopement planner if you want to include décor. Why, you ask? Simple: Because you're still planning a wedding—it's just not as large. Additionally, this person will do all the legwork you'd otherwise have to do yourself.
3. Secret Garden
We can't think of anything more romantic than two soul mates uniting as one, surrounded by beautiful florals in an intimate garden ceremony. Your local botanical garden is a great idea for couples looking for a location with built-in décor.
Pro tip: If hiring a planner isn't an option, we suggest keeping things simple and organized. Decide early on what your budget will be. This will help you as you begin to select a location and your vendors.
4. Barefoot at the Beach
If you love the idea of a beach wedding, but you're not exactly ready to drop thousands on a trip outside the country, don't worry. Your local beach can be the perfect backdrop for your intimate "I dos." Best of all, with a beautiful sunset and crashing waves, you can still get the look of an exotic elopement for less.
Pro tip: Once you secure a location, the next step is hiring your vendors. At the very least, you'll need an officiant and a photographer. Want florals? Visit your local florist to order a bouquet and boutonniere.
5. Out-of-the-Box Venue
If an outdoor location really isn't your thing, there are so many ways to make an indoor space work for your specific needs. Think about renting a yoga studio with exposed brick. You can add character to the location by renting vintage furniture and creating a space to display your mini wedding cake.
Pro tip: If you're looking for an indoor venue, consider meeting rooms, chapels or small businesses like bakeries, cafés and even photography studios.
6. A Walk in the Park
Getting married can be as easy as a walk in the park. Yes, you can actually get married at your local park. There are tons of interesting locations to choose from and the costs are minimal.
Pro tip: Stay on track with your planning by using a wedding planning checklist to log all of your wedding tasks, like applying for your marriage license, purchasing your wedding rings and so on.
7. Chic Courthouse
Whether you're going for a casual courthouse wedding or you want to get fancy for your visit to the judge's chambers, a courthouse wedding can be both romantic and great for photos. Most courthouses have unique architectural elements, like large columns, structured arches and endless staircases, that can make for visually appealing nuptials.
Pro tip: If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the planning process, a simple solution is to elope at your local city hall or courthouse and hire a great photographer to capture the moment.
8. Say "I Do" at Home
What's more romantic than starting off your married life in the home you'll create together? We love the idea of repurposing a living space like your living room, dining room, patio or backyard to create your ceremony area.
Pro tip: Décor can be as minimal or elaborate as your heart desires. An arch, backdrop or some focal piece to use as an altar is generally the extent of what's needed.
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