Always remember the why. Why are you eloping?
Because you’re private? To avoid family drama? To be spontaneous and romantic?
Always remember your why.
Always return to this when making decisions.
Then, consider what will be important to you in 5 years.
Will you regret not including your parents? Will you be thrilled you didn’t spend the average $25k on a wedding because now you can afford a house instead? Will you be wishing you had photos to look back on (sorry-not-sorry for that plug)?
This is how to narrow down big, tough decisions. Focus on the why then consider your feelings 5 years from now. Ok, so you’ve narrowed that down…
Now, utilize the bazillion wedding planning checklists out there (via Real Simple, The Knot, Martha Stewart) and skip over won’t you don’t care about. Skip what doesn’t apply to your dream elopement.
Professional hair and makeup still a must? Still dying to have your own unique bouquet? Photo/video to share with folks after? Only worried about the location and saving for flights to get there?
Your planning list will be a fraction of the templates available online. Hooray!