Eloping is not what it once was. The definition does not fit into a neat little box.
On a personal note, we started brainstorming all kinds of fun for a wedding day but then logistics crept in. We thought through every possible option that sounded like “us”. Many ideas were great, some too pricey and some felt like settling. We wanted a stress-free day that was romantic, private and gave us the chance to travel. So, you guessed it, we eloped! And here's how our elopement played out: a quick trip to the courthouse for the legal marriage uniting us, hop on a plane for our (symbolic) ceremony in Paris with just us 2 + photographers + officiant and then about a month later we had a family dinner celebration.
It’s up to you if you want to a) escape suddenly for an adventurous elopement or b) plan for can’t-be-missed details. Let’s look at some pros and cons.
Surprise elopement – Pros!
Surprise elopement – Cons.
Planned elopement – Pros!
Planned elopement – Cons.
Sort through these and add to each list for scenarios specific to your situation. If you're looking back on your wedding day 10 years from now, what do you want to see? to feel?
All the best on a happy planning (or lack of planning) wedding adventure!