Post # 1
I’m thinking about eloping, maybe in Northern California or the Rockies. I’m not sure how to arrange for an elopement or find a specific space to elope. Is it customary to get an “elopement package”? A lot of whta is included seems unnecessary; I would likely hire my own florist and photographer, and then would want a small dinner afterwards with immediate family.
For bees who have eloped or are planning to elope, how did you choose or reserve a spot to elope?
Post # 2
LauraLooLai: We’re going to Vegas, so I don’t know how helpful this will be. I don’t think we’ll be getting a package, though – like you said, there are a lot of unnecessary extras that I’d rather not pay for. Most we were looking at included a bouquet for the bride, boutonnieres for the groom/groomsmen, and corsages for the bridesmaids, plus a cake. Well, we don’t have a bridal party, I don’t want a bouquet, and neither of us are into sweets, so all of those packages are out!
An elopement package would probably work quite well if you want all of the things they list, but if not, it seems like a waste of money.
Post # 3
I don’t think you need an elopement package, I think they’re just for convenience sake.
Also I think some places will give you discounts on services for getting the package, like a combo meal at McDonald’s lol
Post # 4
LauraLooLai: I both explored using a package and doing all the things on my own. I’d just need to get a bouquet and bout (easy enough to arrange with a local florist), pick up a bottle of champange and flutes, get a little cake or cupcakes from a shop, call and arrange to meet the officiant as a designated location, tell the photographer where you’ll be. The hardest part was trying to pick a location that had awesome enough views and was open to the public (we wanted mountains in the backdrop).
It did not seem too hard really!
However, when I priced out all the items in our elopement package, not even including running around, the elopment package was much cheaper. Mainly because our pacakge came with the 3 course wedding dinner and 3 breakfasts at the lodge where we stayed and married which made it a great deal. Plus I did not know the area and it came with a wedding planner who just made it all happen. We just showed up to our cabin and looked good at the right time.
So price it out, weigh the options and see what you think!
Post # 5
We didn’t get a package because it wasn’t offered. Even if it was, we wouldn’t have gone with it. I looked at some locations with packages, but frankly, they offered things I didn’t care to have, and were missing things I did want. Plus, their “photographer” sucked, and I didn’t want to pay for something I didn’t want. So I worked it out myself and was happy with how it turned out.
Post # 6
GFerg: I’m on the same page with you when it comes to the package offerings. So how did you work it out yourself? My main concern is finding a ceremony location (especially since it will be a destination elopement).
Post # 7
LauraLooLai: we did our service in Mexico but we only had 4 guests and their smallest elopement package was for 10+ and the whole schebang- cake, flowers, bouts, chairs w covers, decorated pergola, etc… We just negotiated with the events manager at the hotel to get us a cheaper package with only what we wanted and it worked out great. I enjoyed not having to worry about arranging much at all, but we didn’t go with a traditional elopement package (ours included the service/legal fees and flowers to decorate the ceremony space & that was pretty much it)…
Post # 8
LauraLooLai: We found the location first, then I found a local JP and photographer. That’s all we had, so it was easy. 😉 I made my own bouquet from flowers I bought in the floral section at the grocery store. 🙂 Your best bet is probably contacting a visitor’s center or something similar for the city you’d like to elope in. Or perhaps do some searching here. Where are you looking to elope?