One of the most appealing parts of eloping over a traditional wedding is that the cost is substantially less, leaving you with more money to spend on making memories and having fun.
Is your dream to get married in a fancy, gorgeous city like New Orleans yet you are wondering about the cost of an elopement there? Don’t worry, we have everything you need to know right here. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have your dream ceremony come to life!
Much of the cost of a traditional wedding is in the fluff, which has nothing to do with the whole point of the marriage itself: the couple. When you cut out the extraneous costs, you would be surprised how easy it is to budget for a fantastic and magical elopement that you would never forget.
Here is a breakdown of some of the costs you can expect if you wanted a famous NOLA Elopement (prices are based on normal seasons, special events like Mardi Gras and holidays like Halloween could effect the prices below):
Airfare for 2 - $800 or drive in for less than $300 in gas
French Quarter Hotel for 2 nights - $900 (I recommend Bourbon Orleans or Dauphine Orleans)
Dinner for 2 after elopement ceremony - $200 (see my link for places we can recommend on the blog - https://www.elopetonola.com/recommendations.html)
Hair/Makeup - $175
Obligatory world famous beignets and cocktails ($40)
Ibay Elopement Package - $1495. Includes officiant, flowers and our professional photography services.
Marriage License - $30 (Ibay Photography will provide a list of all necessary documents to apply for license)
Total - $3700 plus any applicable taxes
Enough in the budget for wedding dress, suit and accessories or....fun New Orleans tours and attractions! A typical wedding can cost more than five times this much on average, and that comes with a truckload of headache. An elopement is simple and focuses on fun, making memories, and romance.
It’s no secret why couples everywhere are flocking to exotic and fun venues like New Orleans, because that’s what a marriage should be about: you, your significant other, and the romance.
The Key to an Affordable Elopement
Want to know our biggest tip to have an affordable (and unique) elopement?
- Select a Free or Small Permit ceremony location! Local parks, botanical gardens or the courtyard of your Air B&B are all locations found in numerous spots throughout New Orleans. Most of these unique and romantic spots are free to the public (keep in mind other people nearby utilizing the same spaces). Some areas may have a small permit fee required (most of the time under $200)
There’s always the urge to whisk you and your beloved off on a magical adventure to an unknown city, but you’re likely going to spend more, waste more time, and have more headaches if you go in without a plan.
Yes, an elopement should be exciting and spontaneous, but you want to cut costs and have fun, right? To make the most out of the experience and ensure that you stay under $5000, choose a company that has experience and knowledge of your chosen destination. There are numerous benefits and virtually no drawbacks to hiring an elopement photographer. With the help of an elopement photographer, you will have someone take all the remaining complications and headaches out of your special day, leaving you to just enjoy the moment.
Start with your guide to the top 5 secrets to a successful elopement and FREE checklist HERE!
For more information or to reach Ibay Photography/ElopeToNola.com, send us a message at: info@ElopeToNola.com
Let’s face it, wedding planning can be arduous. If you’ve ever felt like it’s just not worth all the time, money, and hassle, you’re not the only one! Plenty of couples decide not to hold a full wedding and instead would prefer a romantic getaway together. Who says weddings have to be stuffy and expensive?
Let’s look at these 8 reasons why an elopement might be exactly what you’re looking for to tie the knot!
1. The Money You’ll Save Can Be Used For Making Memories
There is most certainly a practical aspect to marriage these days, especially given how the economy is, and couples everywhere are making the decision to simply spend their money wiser. Instead of throwing down a small savings just for the “big day,” there’s a growing trend in saving or opting for a romantic getaway or honeymoon instead. There’s so many more practical things that money could be used for as well, such as a down payment on a house or starting a business together.
Whichever option you go with, you know that you won’t have to deal with the financial burden of the typical wedding if you elope instead.
2. Planning your wedding is less time-consuming and less stressful.
A typical wedding is a massive undertaking that usually has all parties stressed to the breaking point leading up to the ceremony. Instead of trying to coordinate a hundred different things and eating up your time (which you could be spending having fun with your significant other!), elopement frees up your time and is far less stressful.
Your special day should be as hassle free and joyous as possible, right? Elopement focuses on the romance and the memories, not how elaborate the floral settings are, or how many people you can cram into one room!
3. You get to travel and get married at your dream spot!
It’s many people’s dream to travel and see beautiful, exotic locations first-hand. Why not bring some magic into tying the knot by doing it someplace new? Instead of having the ceremony at your local church and sticking with the same old scenery, you can quite literally hold your wedding as if you were already on your honeymoon. It’s a win-win: you get to travel and live out your fantasy.
4. No Need for Elaborate Wedding Parties
Sometimes there’s so much focus on making guests happy during the wedding, it takes joy away from what the bride and groom want to do. There’s nothing worse than preparing for the big day and having to worry about putting together a party for hundreds of people and making sure everything turns out alright. Some couples realize that the wedding should first and foremost be about them! Save the money and the hassle and have a romantic night on the town in an exotic location. If you need want to invite a few close friends and relatives to a little get-together while eloping, it’s also so much easier and more casual than going full-throttle with a wedding party.
5. It’s Much Quicker
It takes months, sometimes even years to plan a full wedding. What if you want to tie the knot much sooner than that? It’s difficult, if not impossible, to put together a wedding in only a few weeks, but an elopement is entirely possible. In fact, couples say this is one of the biggest draws to getting eloped. Instead of having to wait and go through the prolonged arduous process of planning a wedding, you can get to the “happily ever after” so much quicker.
6. No Big Crowds and People to Please
Hate the idea of reciting your vows in front of a room stuffed with people, many of whom you barely even know? You’re not the only one! Plenty of brides (and grooms!) have more than a little anxiety about the idea of being on display for everyone to see.
During an elopement, small services are the norm. Many don’t even really involve outsiders, but it’s up to the bride and groom to make the decision based on exactly what they’re comfortable with. No people-pleasing and awkwardness – just exactly what you want on your special day.
7. Photography Services Are Far Cheaper and Often More Gorgeous
Elopements are a photographer’s dream. Sure, typical weddings provide opportunities for great photos, but nothing beats the magic and candid romance of on-the-scene elopement photography! Not only do elopement photography packages typically run cheaper, the quality of the photos you get are almost always better. There’s nothing like capturing the moments a couple share when they are unburdened by the stresses of a wedding yet are still tying the knot!
8. Far More Exciting and Fulfilling
Does the sound of standing in a stuffy room or church seem boring to you? With the typical formalities and never-ending ceremonies that seem to accompany a traditional wedding, it’s no wonder so many couples are opting for a little more adventure.
During an elopement, you have so many more options for fun and entertainment. You can really let your spirit soar and do something out of the norm that you will have a blast during, and remember forever. And it will be anything but boring. This way you can focus on the love and romance and not get bogged down making sure the caterer is on time and that your second cousin Earl catches his flight. It’s not about them, it’s about you and the love you share with your significant other. That’s what your marriage should be about!