So you are eloping and wondering where to begin? It's okay. We are here for you.
There are a few key things to remember when eloping and I will walk you through them.
Finding a dress may be your most daunting task. Consider a beautiful Semi-formal dress or Sunday's best dress to wear instead of a traditional wedding gown. Begin searching as soon as you decide your budget and your wedding date.
As soon as you lock down the perfect dress start searching for those shoes. Now, if you find the perfect pair, DO NOT hold off on purchasing them. Your feelings will be hurt if the store no longer has them in stock.
Hair & Head Piece
Decide on your style. Will it be a style you can do on your own? If it is not one that you do very often try to do a few trial runs so it's super easy to get right on your wedding day. If you have decided to color or cut your hair, do it in advance. If you are looking for something posh and elegant find someone who can help you achieve that fab look! If you are adding a hair piece, a flower or accessories in your hair consider them when styling your hair. Take them with you if you go to the salon.
Don't forget about your flowers! If you need help deciding on a bouquet check out this article, it walks you through things to consider before making your decision.
If you are wearing makeup don't forget to pack it! Again, do a few trial runs before the big day and test it out during the day and evening to see if you love it. Once you have chosen your makeup grab a travel makeup bag and get it ready to go! Grab a few other lady items while you are at it. Sanitary napkins, and a few aspirin/ibuprofen if you are prone to headaches or *cough* hangovers *cough*.
Make your mani/pedi appointment and possibly a wax session before the big day. Pick out fancy lingerie for the wedding night, jewelry, extra hosiery and a gift/card for your fiancé.
To make sure you don't leave anything when traveling to your ceremony is to establish a bridal "bugout" bag. Store essential items in a cute duffel, oversized purse or carpet bag to make sure it travels with you.
Grooms have a few choices in attire. If the bride wears a traditional wedding dress the groom should consider either a tux or nice suit. If the bride decides on a semi-formal dress, casual dress or dress pant suit the tux is out! The groom should choose between a nice suit or khakis and a collared shirt.
Choose a dress shoe or go for something fun. I love the Chucks in the photo! Think of how you can personalize your experience if you have the time and extra dough. You can also consider colorful shoes or fun socks.
You'll need to remember a few key items. Don't forget to choose and pack your tie, cummerbund, belt, vows, and gift/card for fiancé. I recommend a groom "bugout" garment bag to grab and go items of necessity. Make sure you remember the boutonnière.
***Don't forget your father/grandfather's cufflinks, watch or pocket watch or any other keepsakes.***
Make your trip to the barber's shop and get your beard/hair trimmed up real nice :)
When considering your ceremony, you will need to decide on a destination, venue and time. There are eloping services that will help you through this process. Check them out for package deals. If you find yourself in New Orleans check out ElopetoNola for great prices and packages, they can take care of the majority of plans for you and give you great advice.
If you are the hands-on type you'll need to reserve a venue, book a photographer, hire an officiant, choose music, create announcements and apply for legal documentation.
Dinner for two or small celebration party after the nuptials? Make your reservations, choose your cake, and grab the champagne.
You will need to decide on what kind of food you want to eat, your favorite cake, and the perfect toasting drink. If you want you can still bring in your own table decoration and toasting glasses.
If you are honeymooning you will need to pick a destination, book accommodations, apply for a passport, check currency exchange rates, checkout excursions & tours and book flights.
The photo Session
Once you book a photographer send them your pose list. You will need to inform them of the number of people in your photo shoot, if you have any favorite poses you'd like to have, and places you would love to take photos. Some photographers have their own list of places they take clients.
Make sure you bring along any themed props, black boards or plaques. Prepare for outdoor shoots and warm weather by bringing a bottle of water, hand towels and make up to retouch. Also,
if you are planning on walking make sure you bring comfortable shoes.
There is a lot of planning ahead and we would like to help out. We have created a checklist based on everything we have discussed so that you can take it with you. Sign-up to receive news when we have more free goodies for you and you can download the checklist today!