Have you ever considered eloping for your wedding? Going on an adventure and returning as a married couple? This gorgeous, romanticwedding shoot, captured by Emma Ryan, is making us want to run away and get hitched! We asked our lovely community of wedding suppliers their best elopement wedding tips, and here’s what they had to say! Debbie Skyrme (Celebrant Spain) sums it all up perfectly…
“An elopement means you celebrate your wedding ceremony wherever and whenever you want. No conventions. No compromises. No stress. Suddenly venues aren’t an issue, menus become a pleasure and no vaguely related “uncles” drink their way through your bar budget. Elopement is all about the couple- it’s an intimate, personal, emotionally charged ceremony that truly reflects your values, beliefs and vision of your perfect wedding. What’s not to love?”
How to include loved ones in your elopement wedding
Many couples are put off elopement weddings because they fear letting their family down. Some couples throw a big party after they are married so they can celebrate with loved ones. Dror Wayne, from MAGNIV Photomagnets ltd, offers some advice…
Planning an elopement is a rare opportunity to do something different for your wedding. But, like many, you might be worried about upsetting family and friends who always expected to share this special day with you. So, consider recording them a video message or inviting them for tea to share the news of your decision as a positive surprise. Or, if you’re moving into a new home together once you’re back and budget allows, have them round for a house-warming party! It’s all about the start of your new lives together and this will allow your nearest and dearest to be a part of it with you.
Capture your wedding with an elopement photographer
Although you can save a lot of money when eloping, don’t skimp on hiring a photographer! Especially if eloping abroad, make sure to get your day captured in the best way possible. Edyta from ‘Say Yes To Maderia’ blog says:
“A good, local wedding photographer will know the best spots in the area and can organize an unforgettable scenic photo shoot. It is very easy to find a local wedding photographer from a distance, by checking Instagram where wedding photographers are usually very active. Their profile can be a great inspiration for ideas for your own photo shoot. We had our elopement photoshoot on top of a mountain covered in clouds, during a golden hour. It was so much fun and the photographer gave us the best wedding gift we could imagine.”
Plan ahead of your elopement
Although it can seem spontaneous, there’s sometimes more to elopement than meets the eye, especially if eloping abroad. Here’s what Sam, from Sammy Lea’s Retro Emporium recommends from her experience:
“We eloped with just our two bridesmaids, married on a beach (with a random witness grabbed on the day!) and went to a beach party in the evening! I highly recommend using a good wedding planner that you feel really comfortable with, as they will be taking care of all the small details that you won’t be around to deal with (as you’ll just rock up on the day and have a stress free time!).
Get your paperwork in order early if you are eloping and marrying abroad. The paperwork for our Turkey wedding took a LONG time to deal with, as we had both been divorced previously, and hubby had changed his name as a youngster. Some countries require specific checks before allowing you to marry…we had to visit a doctor in Turkey a few days before our wedding, whose job it was to check we weren’t related!”
Most Importantly- Do it YOUR way
Eloping means you have the freedom to completely do your own thing with zero expectation. It’s all about being yourselves and doing something that reflects you as a couple. Your wedding will be unique to you and memorable whatever you do! Here’s how Carolann from CK Flowers did it:
“Me and my other half eloped and got married at Gretna Green 24 years ago…with our kids & no other family! We had 2 witness who we paid £10 each, and we then went to Carlisle to an Italian restaurant for lunch. I wore a red spotty dress with a bunch of picked wild flowers from the hotel garden-naughty! It wasn’t glamourous, but it was us.”
The team behind this gorgeous elopement shoot...
We’re still not over how beautiful these elopement photos are! From the bohemian styling to the flowers and stationery, the shoot evokes wanderlust and a whole lot of wedding inspiration. Thanks again, Emma, for sending this in!
Creative Director/Photographer: Emma Ryan
Dresses & Accessories: Bex Brides
Flowers: Forge Events
Hair & Make Up: The Bridal Luxe
Stationery: Harriett And Joel
Rings: Molten Wedding Ring Co
Location: Water Hall Farm Cottages, Yorkshire
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