By: Matthew Lovett, Crimson Sigil Media
You’ve decided to forgo all the stress of wedding planning and run off just the two of you to say I Do. But just because this plan is much easier to pull off, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to put in some effort. Check out these five things you might forget to do before eloping.
1. Don't Forget To Take Care of Your Legal Work. Nothing gets in the way of a romantic destination elopement more than forgetting to get all of the legalities out of the way. You might think it’s okay if you just wing this part because you’re not planning a huge wedding, but it’s just as important. You don’t want to have to be thinking about this side of things while you’re supposed to be enjoying time with your significant other.
Make sure all of your paperwork is ready, completed, and out of the way. That way, your getaway will be headache free and your union will be official.
2. Don't Forget To Invest in a Planning Service. Local wedding planners are essential and do more than just cater to huge traditional weddings. If you want your perfect day to go off without a hitch, you’re going to want someone managing everything in the background for you.
An elopement should be stress free and full of romantic events planned out – treating it otherwise will only give you headaches. Why would you want to risk not having a reservation at the restaurant you had your heart set on, or not being able to find a certain venue because you don’t know the area that well yet? Elopement and wedding planning services take all the hassle away, save you time, money, and best of all, they are experts at maximizing your enjoyment.
3. Don't Forget To Create a Theme. What direction do you want your elopement to go? Are you looking for an earthy feel, a tropical getaway, something fancy, or super casual? In order to have the best possible experience, plan ahead of time what theme your elopement will have. This will make planning for everything else that much easier.
One of the easiest ways to get tangled in your own wedding plans is to dive in without an idea of what you really want to do. Once you decide on a theme, that will set the pace for everything else, including catering, flowers, decorations, cake, dresses, and more. You might even want to base your elopement destination on what your theme is.
4. Don't Forget To Hire Professional Photography Services. You’re going to want great photos of all your special moments. Often, a good wedding or elopement planning service can help you out in this regard, and others provide in house photography services (like us), but either way, you don’t want to skip over this point.
You might have a few amateur photographers in your family or friend circle, and that’s all well and good, but to truly capture the highlights and special little moments, you need a professional service with all the right tools and experience with special events like weddings. There’s simply no substitute!
5. Don't Forget To Setup Your Transportation. A surefire recipe for unwanted headaches is having to rely on the randomness of taxi or limo services to ferry you on the fly from one place to another. And the last thing you want to be doing on your special day is driving yourself around. That’s a huge no. So the best course of action here is to have your transportation plans laid out before you say “I do.” Make sure you know how you’re getting from point A to point B, and beyond. Make sure all of your guests know how to get to all the important venues as well, and make sure any flights involved are booked well ahead of time. This goes for hotel stays too! If you have a wedding planning service on your side, they usually help immensely in this department, so don’t forget to use their expertise.
6. Don’t Forget To Plan For The Days After Your Elopement! Since you will likely be staying at your destination location for a couple of days, map out what to do in the city as a newly married couple the days after your wedding day. I recommend not coming to a city like New Orleans to marry and then not have a plan for what you will do the rest of the days you are here. I’m all for winging it, enjoying each others company and letting your nose lead you to amazing restaurants but a little bit of planning will ensure you see some very iconic sites in your chosen destination. Even just reaching out to others on social media (or simply asking for recommendations from your planner/photographer who likely live in the area) for advice and tips of what locals do in your destination. What you find on a google search will most likely be very touristy and non-unique.
Your elopement should be stress free, fun, and memorable, so make sure you take care of what you need to beforehand. Don’t forget to let your friends and family know If your plan is to have an intimate destination elopement with only a few friends and family, or perhaps only you and your significant other, be prepared for at least a little backlash.
Most people agree that it’s best to let the cat out of the bag sooner rather than later. Don’t wait to announce that you tied the knot in some exotic locale on Facebook before telling close relatives or long-time friends. That’s just setting yourself up for a world of headaches.
One of the most important aspects of planning an elopement is deciding early on how big of an event are you planning and who’s invited. The sooner you hash those details out the better, that way you can get the word out to the right people when it’s time.
Knowing what NOT to do on your elopement is just as important as knowing what TO do. With these tips, you'll be better prepared and you will be less likely to make any mistakes along the way. For more information on eloping and best locations, visit our partner site HERE!