It’s becoming increasingly common for engaged couples to choose elopement over a large, traditional wedding. There are a variety of reasons for this trend, which include cost, freedom, and values. What’s more, is there’s no one way to elope. In the past, the word elope elicited the connotation of a secret marriage or a marriage completed in rebellion to the couple’s friends and family.
In today’s age, elopement simply means a smaller and simpler wedding. For some couples, it’s as simple as heading to a courthouse and signing the paperwork, and for others, it means choosing an inspiring location, gathering an intimate group, and saying “I do” with an officiant present. For those couples who are enchanted with the idea of elopement, here is a brief guide to help you get started.
The Art of an Elopement Wedding
Step 1: Choose the Type of Elopment
You’ve decided to elope, now what? Here are a few examples of types of elopement you can choose from. Of course, there is no right or wrong way, so you can also blend between these types or do it your own way altogether! Whatever floats your wedding boat.
- Solo elopement: Just the two of you at a city hall. You absolutely can tell and invite relatives or friends to join you.
- You two + an officiant: Get married by an officiant wherever you choose, with as few or as many people as you choose.
- Self-solemnizing marriage: In Colorado, Pennsylvania, and DC, you can do what’s called a “self-solemnizing” marriage. To do this, you’ll need to pick up the paperwork, go to your chosen spot to say “I do” and marry yourselves! For more information visit here.
- Las Vegas elopement: Every possible style of elopement is available in Vegas. Whether you want Elvis to marry you after an impressive amount of beverages consumed, or you’d like to have the swankiest elopement possible, everything is available in Vegas.
Step 2: Make a List of Everything Needed
Elopement is often chosen because it involves less, of everything, which is true. A mistake couples often make, though, is not knowing everything that’s needed ahead of time. Here’s a quick checklist to help you get started:
- Decide where you want to elope. Which state? Which country?
- Find out the exact marriage requirements of the state or country you intend to elope in
- Write down and memorize how much time you need between getting your marriage license and being able to say I do.
- If you need a witness, or two, who are you going to choose? Be sure to confirm that they can be there on the date and time you’ve chosen.
That’s really it! There’s much less involved, as long as you know the requirements you an put all of the other pieces into place!
Step 3: Fill in The Fun Details
By this point, you’ve chosen the type of elopement and, you’ve gotten familiar with the requirements needed to elope at your chosen destination. All that’s left for you to do is fill in the fun details!
We recommend creating a vision board for your elopement, so you can start to visualize all of the magnificent details. Do you want to say I do with towering, majestic mountains in the background? Are you picturing you, your spouse-to-be, and a dozen of your closest friends and family having a picnic amidst a field of flowers on a sunshine-filled day?
Flip through travel and wedding magazines, or spend a few hours perusing through Pinterest. Because you’re eloping, chances are you have an abundance of resources to put towards this elopement since you won’t be spending a small fortune on a large wedding! Whatever elopement dreams you have, you can turn them into reality!
If your equipment dreams include getting married in wild and free Jackson Hole, Wyoming, we have all the resources you could ever need!
Imagine staring lovingly into your love’s eyes promising forever amidst mountains, big blue skies, crisp warm air, surrounded by as few, or as many, people as you desire. Wyoming offers an incredible balance of raw energy and peaceful living.
As eloping has become more popular, we have developed the idyllic elopement package to ensure your elopement dreams can come true here in Jackson!