If you have decided to get married with your sweetheart but you are not a fan of ceremonies with great fanfare, and you want to avoid spending money, time and energy making a list of hundreds of guests, you maybe should know that there are numerous original alternatives to the traditional wedding that we are get used to seeing and knowing, even for those who want to live one of the most important days of their life in a more peaceful, intimate way, surrounded by a lucky few or, why not, only in the company of their partner. In addition to the exciting Destination Wedding, which combines ceremony and honeymoon in a single solution, there is the possibility of experiencing an Elopement Wedding. Never heard of it before but does the idea intrigue you? Well, let’s find out together what we are talking about!
THE ELOPEMENT WEDDING IS A ROMANTIC GETAWAY (BUT WATCH OUT FOR REACTIONS!)
The idea behind the elopement wedding is exactly what the name suggests: that of an escape from everything and everyone, without looking back. But beware: this choice could make many noses turn up, especially of relatives and closest friends, because it is a wedding that includes a ceremony without reception and celebration, where the only guests are the future spouses (or, at most, a close circle of loved ones). Can you imagine communicating to your parents the decision not to want them at your wedding? If you are thinking of confessing the big secret only after the fact, perhaps it is better to think about it for a moment: to avoid unpleasant and understandable reactions, it is recommended to discuss the choice made before taking action, putting forward your own motivations. We are sure that those who love you will be able to understand your desire to experience an escape where the true and only protagonist is the love between you and your partner.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ORGANIZING YOUR ELOPEMENT WEDDING: REMEMBER IT IS YOUR SPECIAL DAY
It will certainly happen that an elopement wedding is thought of at the last second, as a madness dictated by the heart: however, despite its unconventional character (and, let’s face it, even a little tantalizing), it is still a very important day and you want it to be unforgettable. Therefore, you should choose a team that stands by your side, first of all a wedding planner and a travel agent who, in addition to thinking about all the details, could recommend destinations for the big event that you hadn’t thought of. In fact, in addition to being particular, less formal and more intimate, those who decide to get married while fleeing, normally choose special destinations, far or near, sometimes even a little outside the box. And for this, two factors come into play: on the one hand, the need to find out about legal issues related to marriage (especially if you are thinking about a destination abroad), on the other hand to think about the details, like the dress or the bouquet (it’s still your wedding!), and to lean on a photographer who immortalizes the event to fix it in a series of images. In this way, after this pink parenthesis and back to real life, you will have something to show to friends and relatives, to make them feel part of the event in some way.
WHEN OPTING FOR AN ELOPEMENT WEDDING, YOU CAN GET MARRIED IN THE MOUNTAINS, BY THE SEA, OR ON THE MOON…WHEREVER YOU WANT
Maybe we are exaggerating a bit, and it is not possible to get married on the moon yet. However, there is no limit to the imagination when choosing an elopement wedding for you and your loved one. From the sea to the mountains, from the countryside to the desert, from canyons to a romantic city, there is something for everyone. Here are some ideas for choosing the location…
- if you love the sea: Tulum (Mexico), Ibiza (Balearic Islands), Santorini (Greece), Fiji Islands (Oceania)
- if you are fond of mountains, woods and lakes: Yosemite National Park (California), Rattlesnake Ridge (Washington), Lake Louise (Canada)
- if you like barren and wild nature, waterfalls or cliffs with breath-taking views: Isle of Skye (Scotland), Faroe Islands (Denmark), Iceland
- if you are fascinated by the spatial landscape of the canyons: Capitol Reef National Park (Utah), Horseshoe Bend (Arizona)
- if you want to be lulled by the gentle desert dunes: Joshua Tree Desert (California), Algodones Dunes (California), Wadi Rum Desert (Jordan), Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
- if you are attracted by the charm of the old continent and the romanticism of its cities: Paris, Rome, Venice, Barcelona
These are just some ideas for choosing the ideal destination for your elopement wedding but there are many other options, even for the craziest, reckless, or artistic spirits, such as getting married in a museum, in a tree house or on the top of a volcano. Follow your instincts and make your choice!