The ultimate personal elopement experience, just you and your significant other on a beach resort or mountain retreat, ready to celebrate your union and your honeymoon-like getaway without any other obligations or family to cater to.
If getting eloped without any guests in some fantastical location sounds like something you might be interested in, we’ve got just what you’re looking for!
Evolving Elopement Trends
Because they are so versatile, elopement trends and traditions are changing all the time. Indeed, no two elopements are ever alike, and with all the things you can customize or leave out completely, it’s no wonder why they are skyrocketing in popularity.
For some, an elopement can be just like a traditional wedding, just held in some faraway or exotic location.
In these cases, couples basically arrange for a bunch of friends and family to fly out with them to a honeymoon-like destination and celebrate with them.
This of course can be a wonderful experience, but it is somewhat far removed from the classic idea of an elopement, where a couple madly in love picks a spot to get married in and just takes off with little planning and just romance to carry them in their travels.
It’s certainly great having a small entourage of family and friends with you on an elopement, but what about if you really just want an intimate experience? What if you just want to share the moment with the love of your life and not have to worry about entertaining or catering to other people?
That’s where the trend of Just Us elopements come in.
A Wedding Made For Two
There are so many obligations during a traditional wedding that it can be daunting for many couples.
Sometimes the stress can impact the day of the wedding itself. These stressors include having to cater to the dozens or even hundreds of people that are attending.
Imagine having to take time out of what is supposed to be the most romantic days of your life up until this point, to worry about your distant aunt’s food allergies the day before the wedding?
Doesn’t sound like a fantasy, more like a sitcom episode!
Bucking the trend of weddings being large family affairs, the “just us” wedding is exactly what it sounds like. A getaway package just for the couple getting married.
They are usually relatively cheap even compared to most elopement packages, and simply include accommodations and the necessary officiant for conducting the ceremony.
Examples of Just Us Packages
Because of the amount of freedom you have if you aren’t catering to a large group of people, just us wedding packages can vary wildly.
Here’s a few examples of great packages that help define the kind of experience you would expect.
Just the Two of Us Beach Elopement
This is the perfect example of a simple, affordable ceremony that cuts out all the fluff and just gets to the heart of the matter.
What if you and your significant other simply want to get married on a beach?
If you want to add on to the package, you can do that as well. This format of putting your own ceremony together saves money and frustration for the bride and groom.
At the end of the day, what could be better than just saying “I do” beside the ocean?
Florida Just the Two of Us Package
For couples looking for a little more structure and less decision-making, yet still want to get married on the cheap and by the shore, this package is perfect.
Instead of the add-ons, this package comes included with some photography, decorated table setup, and bouquet.
Still a very simplistic option but somewhat beefier. If you want a simple, magical beach experience with no frills, this is a great option.
Just the Two of Us Celtic Castle Package
How about a more exotic experience? For couples with a slightly bigger budget and looking for more memories to make, what could be better than getting married in an actual Celtic castle?
You’re still saving thousands and thousands of dollars compared to a traditional wedding (or even most traditional honeymoons), and you’re getting a bed and breakfast suite, champagne, a bouquet, the full ceremony, and more.
It even includes planning!
Imagine what kind of magical elopement experience you could have if you purchased a package like this and added on with your own sight-seeing and adventures after the day of the ceremony?
This is one of the reasons why the idea of elopements are taking off. Getting married in a castle in a faraway country sure beats the typical wedding imagery!
Romantic New Orleans Just The Two of Us Package
What could be better than a “just us” wedding in downtown New Orleans? The history, the art, the majesty, and the sights. To say nothing of the food!
New Orleans is known for being an elopement destination, because of its naturally congenial climate, litany of world class hotels and fine dining, sightseeing opportunities, entertainment, and charming chapels.
It also makes a fine destination for a “just us” ceremony.
This package is similarly priced as the previous and includes seasonal flowers, professional photography, makeup artists and vendors arranged by the elopement planner, and your choice of several beautiful ceremony sites in the heart of New Orleans.
The photography session in this package is worth the price alone, let alone everything else.
New Orleans stands out as one of the finest locations to have any kind of elopement, but it shines for intimate and just us elopements. You can take full advantage of the city and all its amenities.
Regardless of what your choice is, there are many upsides to having a “just us” ceremony. If you are trying to get married on a budget but still want an exotic destination elopement in a place like New Orleans, this might be the option for you.
The romance and allure of having an intimate ceremony, coupled with the affordability, means you have the freedom to do what you want without having to plan or worry too much about anything else.
And after all, that’s what your special day should be about: enjoying it!
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