More couples are starting to buck tradition and opt in for new and exciting ways to get married. It’s not all about the huge ceremony and expensive price tag anymore.
Elopement is the new trend, and has been picking up steam for some time.
There are several factors to consider when looking at why more couples are eloping, including cost, time, and the massive amount of coordination and planning that often goes into classic style weddings, which is sometimes just too much of a hassle.
All of these factors, with a generally more favorable view of elopements in our society, has led many couples to take the plunge and have their ceremony their way, no strings attached.
The Allure of Elopement
There’s something undeniably romantic about getting eloped. Picking a whimsical spot to fly away to and get married kind of fuses the wedding ceremony and honeymoon into one giant celebration of love, and more and more couples are waking up to this.
Another major factor in getting eloped over holding a traditional ceremony is the simplicity of it all, especially when it comes to who you are inviting.
Weddings can sometimes get daunting when it comes to deciding who and who not to invite. In fact, it can get to the point where the couples don’t even get to think about themselves, but rather, the needs and tastes of the hundred some odd guests that they are inviting, which can really put a damper on the mood, to say nothing about the cost of it all.
It’s a massive relief to couples holding intimate ceremonies where they know they only need to invite their closest friends and family. No wondering if your aunt from Ohio that you haven’t seen in a decade will feel left out and smite you just because you didn’t invite her to your special day.
After all, it’s your ceremony. The old way of holding weddings where the bride and groom are stuck in endless loops of planning and budgeting for months leading up to the ceremony just doesn’t hold any appeal anymore. Leave that stuff to the upper crust and the royals, most couples just want to get married!
When you take out all of the “extra” stuff that tends to just make a wedding feel crowded and overdone, you can really create a beautiful experience for both the couple and the guests.
It’s also easier to appreciate your guests and the event in general when your attention isn’t being pulled this way and that by all the shiny objects you spent money on and the people you invited. Less can certainly be more when it comes to a wedding ceremony, and elopements prove that.
There’s also an element of pressure involved. Millennials especially have grown up in an age of economic instability. There’s constantly pressure on them to spend money the way their parents and grandparents did, despite the fact that everyone is now making less and money is worth less, and everything costs more.
Simplicity and efficiency are like music for most millennials: do away with all the nonsense and superfluous expenses, and instead create something that’s memorable and affordable. This is where elopements really shine.
A typical wedding can run in the tens of thousands of dollars, and this doesn’t even factor in the honeymoon. Floral arrangements and catering for dozens of people can easily run into the thousands alone. The modern day prices of full-fledged weddings are simply outrageous by most millennial standards, and rightfully so.
Elopements on the other hand offer a much more simplified, romantic, and fun experience, for much less money. Most elopement ceremonies only cost a couple thousand dollars, and that is with everything included. Depending on your needs and where you’re willing to travel to, you can get eloped for even less.
This is the allure of elopement: no spending money on frivolous flower arrangements and balloons, no lengthy rituals and customs to adhere to, no talking with relatives you haven’t seen since you were in diapers, no catering to 100 different people’s food allergies. Just a romantic excursion that’s about you and your significant other.
What could be more perfect than that?
Getting Married Should be an Adventure
We’re so used to thinking of weddings as these long, bland, ceremonies, but they don’t have to be!
An adventure awaits if you want it, one without the complexity, pressure, expenses, and chaos of the typical wedding ceremony.
This is what is so attractive about elopement, the chance to carve out your very own romantic adventure, for a fraction of the cost of your average wedding.
The best part? Instead of spending tons of money on presentation for guests, you can use that money to get married in the place of your dreams. The romantic streets of New Orleans? White sand beaches? On top of a mountain? The choice truly is yours!
You have the ability to create the experience you want, instead of relying on tradition and the crazy ideas your family comes up with. When you elope, everything is simple and in your control.
What are you waiting for? Start your adventure now!