Have you ever considered eloping? Have you pictured getting married in at an amazing location with just you and your fiancé and maybe your closest family? Here are some Helpful Elopement Tips!
Perhaps the idea of planning a big wedding stresses you out and you just don’t want to spend an insane amount of money on a wedding. Whatever your reasons may be, there are tons of couples that decide to elope every year, but would you know how to go about it? As elopement photographers who have documented many elopements in The Bahamas in Nassau, Bimini, and Exuma and it helps loads of couples plan their dream day, here are some helpful tips that we’ve have learned along the way!
Elopements are meant to shift the focus from your family to both of you! They’re about crafting a day around the two of you and allowing you to get married in the way you actually want to. They come down to the type of experience that you want on your wedding day! What I’m getting at is this – don’t just plan a quick ceremony and be done with your elopement day. How terrible would it be to look back at one of the most important days of life and only have memories from 1 hour of your day?! You deserve so much more than that!
In The Bahamas, there is a vast amount of stunning places you to elope so it’s best to be intentional where you want to elope! Choose a location that has a lot of meaning to you both or maybe somewhere that is just mindblowing; this can mean somewhere you’ve both been to before or a location you’ve both been dying to go to!
Nobody wants to look back on their special day and regret where they got married, because you sporadically chose the first place you could think of. The world is your playground, give it time and consideration!
Tip: Think of the time of year you want to get married, because the climate and weather of that location will be a factor in choosing your date and location!
Most couples who elope focus on having a fun adventure with their spouse and want their memories to be captured so that they can be treasured forever. The majority of an elopement budget tends to be spent in this area since there aren’t many other expenses. So, when you’re looking for a photographer or videographer be sure to pick someone whom you’ll get along well with! They’ll be with you all day during your elopement experience guiding you through your day, so picking a vendor that will advance your experience is essential!
A super important fact that most couples tend to overlook is marriage laws. This is a super important part of planning an elopement that will take some time and research! The last thing you want to do is to travel to the other side of the world without the correct documents, or have no clue where to obtain a marriage license. Take note of any cultural laws that might affect your day as well.
Many have an issue when it comes to deciding if to have guests or not to have guests. If you decide to have guests at your elopement, limit your number to your nearest and dearest family and friends. Choose individuals who have supported you both throughout your relationship and who you believe will be there for you throughout your lives together.
Don’t feel pressured to have all of your family and friends with you if you feel like a ‘just you and I’ elopement is right for the two of you! This is your day and it’s the day that the two of you will celebrate for the rest of your lives! You can get married and celebrate however you want.