Why an elopement?
Elopements are, more and more common these days. This wedding concept is no longer, attached to the idea that you are running away to get married to someone that your parents disapprove of.
An elopement is a wedding for two (as usual!). In an elopement, there are no guests, just you and your better half! This is not your traditional wedding, in an elopement, you get to experience true intimacy on your wedding day!
In the next paragraphs, I will share with all of you, 12 reasons to have an elopement!
1. An adventure
An elopement is the perfect wedding for adventurous couples. You give yourselves the possibility of marrying in the most awesome places in the world. You can choose any date, without worrying about planning a year in advance. Majestic landscapes are here for the grab!
2. Intimate moments
If you or your loved one are shy, an elopement might be the right option! Since only you and your partner are the guests, he or she will be the only person listening to your vows. This way, you don’t have to go through the ordeal of doing it in front of 100 people!
3. Enjoy each other company
Yes! Truly be with one another! It might seem weird, but very often, in a traditional wedding, couples don’t really have time to enjoy each other. I’ve been to many weddings where the couple is only together, during the photo shoot. There are a lot of people to thank, talk and give attention to. It is easy to forget that the most important thing should be, being together and embracing one another!
4. Easy and simple
Elopements are a lot more simple! The need for vendors decreases considerably and you won’t need to worry about the seating plan, you be avoiding a lot of headaches! Actually, your worries will decrease dramatically! An elopement can be planned a lot faster, therefore it won’t consume as much time and energy as a traditional wedding.
Since you can skip all the planning that comes with a guest list, stress is a lot less, if not any at all! There are only you and your partner to please, you can take your time, thus, no schedules are needed! You can basically, go with the flow!
6. Focus on what’s important
In an elopement, you can really focus on what’s important, the wedding! When planning for a wedding it is easy to go bananas! There is so much to think about and do, that it is normal that, during this process, you forget what is essential and the reason why you are marrying in the first place: the love you have for one another! In the end, that is all that matters!
No family to handle! We normally think that only our family is complicated. I guarantee, all families are the same, with their fair share of drama to solve! Who wants to deal with that on their wedding day? Absolutely no one! So, having an elopement is the best way to shake that all of and make sure that you have one less problem to be anxious about.
Who to invite? If I invite that uncle, then I’ll have to also invite that other uncle, that I haven’t seen in the last fifteen years, who I don’t really care much about… Typical! Well, in an elopement this won’t be an issue!
Obviously, with no guests, priorities, when it comes to the budget, change dramatically! You only have to spend money on you two and not 100 guests! If you want to eat in the most expensive restaurant in the country, you can actually do it!
I believe this to be one of the greatest things about elopements. Because you only have each other to please, will have a lot of freedom to do whatever you want! Want to go for a swim after the ceremony? Be my guest! You and your partner are bound to no one! The day is yours to do anything you want!
11. Decisions, decisions!
All of the decisions on an elopement, are yours and yours alone! Since nobody will be attending it, you actually don’t have to have other people opinion into consideration! More often than not, couples end up by having weddings that fit their families, sometimes more than themselves, so, that anybody gets their feelings hurt. Not in an elopement!
12. All in one
Once you choose your paradise to elope to, consider the fact that you can stay there longer! This way, you can get married in the same place where you have your honeymoon! isn’t it great?! Just contemplate on how much laid-back you can afford to be!
I understand that elopements aren’t for everybody. Some of you must think: how about my family and friends, aren’t they going to be mad with us? I believe that if you explain your intentions and desires, the people who love you the most will understand and accept! And, let’s be honest here, if you do regret having an elopement, you can always have the traditional wedding later, really, that is the worst that can happen! Telling from the couples that I have worked with, so far, no one has ever regretted their choice to elope!
Would you like to have your elopement in Portugal?
My favorite places for an elopement in this country of mine, with an incredible variety of landscapes, are, Alentejo, Azores, Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais!