New Wedding Trend? Elope Now, Party Later

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Vi-An Nguyen
vi-an nguyen the knot wedding planning expert
Vi-An Nguyen
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Vi-An Nguyen is an Art Director at Penguin Random House.
  • Vi-An is a designer and art director interested in the intersection of art, editorial, and storytelling.
  • Vi-An worked as an Editorial Assistant with The Knot.

The New York Times recently published a piece about what may be a new trend in weddings: couples who elope, then celebrate with a reception-like party afterward.

The story unpacks the pros and cons of eloping — on the plus side, elopement are quick and easy, generally cost less than a traditional wedding, and suit couples looking for a more private way to say "I do." But you'll also have to deal with disappointed family members who might feel cheated out of a celebration.

This "elope now, party later" idea might be the perfect compromise. The couple gets the secluded ceremony they crave (or can afford), and they can host a more laid-back party or even let friends and family throw a get-together for them. Would you consider eloping, then celebrating after the fact? Do you have any friends who've gotten hitched this way? Let us know how it went in the comments!

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