Weddings are emotional. And not just for the two getting married.
Your mom wants to help plan. Your little cousin wants to be ring bearer. Your girlfriends want to throw a bachelorette party.
Yet, you're ready to drive up the Parkway and elope. Or, perhaps, you already have!
How do you break the news?
Next, focus on 2 things: explaining your reasoning and being respectful of the audience's feelings.
Explaining your reasoning: Here is where the confidence in your decision shines through. If you're still unsure about eloping (which is ok!) then this portion will fall flat.
If you're sure about eloping then pick your 3 top reasons for doing it and remember them well. Practice saying them in the mirror. This will come in handy with someone catches you off guard with their questioning.
Avoid getting defensive but be ready to explain what you led you two to this choice. Often, your feelings will resonate with the person you're speaking with. You'll run into curiosity, support and understanding in unlikely places!
Being respectful of feelings: Your loved ones are entitled to have their own opinions and feelings about your big day. It's up to you to weed out the unimportant junk and listen to those you trust.
Listen to those who care about you and let them know that you are listening.
Your family needs to feel wanted and included. This conversation could open some doors into how you could incorporate your loved ones.
Be confident in your decision.