An elopement might be infinitely simpler to put together than a wedding, but that doesn’t mean a little planning isn’t necessary.
In fact, one of the biggest mistakes you could make after deciding you want to get eloped is not putting any thought toward planning and just leaving everything to chance.
Elopements are supposed to be fun and spontaneous compared to traditional weddings, that’s part of the allure! But the best elopements are planned elopements, and this is why elopement planners are such a big deal.
Even if you’re planning on having a minimalist kind of ceremony with very few guests not too many vendors or things to coordinate, it’s important that you understand what you need to do in order to pull off an elopement and how having an elopement planner can eliminate most of your stress and take everything off your hands so you can better focus on the actual ceremony!
Managing Everything in the Background
A good elopement planner will go out of their way to ease your burden and clarify things so you don’t have to scramble to do a ton of research or figure out any local legal jargon.
If you are thinking of food and floral vendors, among other services, do you really want to be calling these people left and right and trying to arrange everything yourself? In a city you may not be familiar with? All while packing and picking out your perfect dress?
Of course not! Elopement planners make it their business to know their city or area in and out, so they know where to get the best deals, where the good eats are, and how to most efficiently handle all your needs so that everything runs smoothly and you barely have to lift a finger.
Yes, an elopement doesn’t have as many pieces to think of as a wedding, but weddings themselves can be exceedingly stressful. Simply planning for a trip and making the big leap into marriage can be a daunting prospect for some people.
Do you really want to be worrying about if the flower arrangements are done on time or delivered to the right address?
Let a professional handle it. You’ll be glad you did.
No Need to Get Technical
It’s not really a secret that the last thing a couple wants to do before their big day is research local laws on marriage certificates and public park regulations just so they can pull off their own elopement ceremony without a hitch.
This does not fall into the ballpark of “spontaneous” or “fun.”
Though many cities and towns have pretty simple guidelines for all of this kind of thing, letting a professional who knows their city like the back of their hand and can arrange everything for you in the background is worth its weight in gold.
No need to get mired down in legal jargon or technicalities. A good elopement planner will set you up with the perfect officiant for the ceremony, will make sure you know how to properly obtain your marriage license, and will do as much of the work for you as possible outside of signing the actual certificate for you!
That’s a whole lot better than waking up one morning and deciding you want to get married halfway across the country and ending up there a day later not knowing the first thing about how to actually get legally married there. That’s not exactly romantic.
In order to get the best possible experience on your elopement, it stands to reason that you would probably have to spend hours researching what the best venues for food, entertainment, and other amenities are, correct?
This is work that shouldn’t have to burden you in the days leading up to the ceremony.
Elopement planners have already established connections all over their city, and know exactly who to go to in order to fulfill your requests. They know the hot spots, the best way to manage your time, the best places to eat, and the best deals on flowers, music, or anything else you might need for your elopement.
Since they’ve spent years becoming knowledgeable specifically so they can help their clients, an elopement planner will be able to much more than you could ever do alone, and they’ll do it in half the time. They are in the business of making sure they put together the best possible ceremony for their clients, so that means capturing the best of what that city has to offer and packaging it just for you.
Photography: the Secret Ingredient
Capturing the moment with great video or photography is probably the most underrated part of putting together an elopement ceremony.
After everything is said and done, you’re going to want to look back on the memories and see the best moments captured. Sure, memories themselves are priceless, but sometimes you can’t put a price on a perfect picture that captures a special moment.
The best elopement planners either know the best elopement photographers in town, or they provide elopement photography services themselves, like I do.
Photographing my couples and seeing their faces light up later on when they get to see their ceremony captured perfectly just the way they remember it is one of the best parts about providing elopement planning services.
This is not an area you want to try and pull off yourself or go cheap on. There’s a gulf of difference between a hobby photographer and a professional. In order to get those crisp shots at just the right times, with the right lighting and angles, you have to go with someone who knows what they’re doing and loves their craft.
If you’re interested in an elopement package for New Orleans with everything you could ask for in an elopement ceremony and more, plus my professional photography services, you can see more details here.
A great elopement planner will go out of their way to make sure you have a stress-free and beautiful ceremony that aligns with your vision. Don’t try and pull off an enter elopement yourself, it’s much easier to go the professional route and know that your ceremony is in good hands.