Post # 1
(Not engaged yet, but it’s coming soon!)
My BF and I live in SoCal, and have been kicking around the idea of eloping, instead of having a big wedding…. mainly because we cant afford it.
(About 10 years ago, my dad threw my older sister a HUGE, beautiful wedding. But apparently he didn’t set any $ aside for my future wedding… so… yeah. But that’s another story.)
Annnyyyway, we were looking at Napa, at some wineries and B&Bs. I’ve looked through about 4 websites now, and their “elopement packages” cost anywhere from $2-5! What! (They come with a 1-hour photographer, officiant, a cake, and flowers.)
Why are they so expensive? Is it because of the location? Or are these actually reasonable prices and I’m just new to this so I’m having sticker shock? lol
Post # 3
That sounds very reasonable to me
Post # 4
it usually includes accommodation at the resort that’s why
Post # 5
@gelaine22: Good to know 🙂 I’m still getting used to the cost of things. It’s a bit overwhelming sometimes.
Post # 6
@LadyMoriarty: Are you looking through wedding planner for these packages? Those packages will always be rather pricey. I remember looking for a package for our Canadian elopement. The planners would charge $3000 for not so great photography (in my mind) and no accomodations. So I found lots of hotels that offered a “sweetheart” or romance deal (flowers, champagne, fancy dinner, lodging) or even an elopement deal, then I got my own officiant and own photographer. Turns out to be waaaaay cheaper.
It also could be your area that is pricey.
The total for our 2 nights lodging, 3 hours of good photography, officiant, three course wedding dinner with champagne, wedding cake to our order, bouquet and boutonneire that I designed, toasting flutes came to $3070. The lodging alone was $950.
I saw this Napa Valley elopement on intimateweddings.com
Real Weddings: Kristin & Matthew’s Stress-Free Napa Valley Wedding
It looks like she got everything for $3500 – which appers to be photography from Megan Clouse Photography, a Galina gown, flowers, a pretty nice looking dinner at Brix (ceremony and dinner) and an officiant and probably other stuff too. It may have included her accomodations too. That part was unclear.
Post # 7
that sounds reasonable to me, and I’ve noticed similar pricing on the east coast. B&B accommodations are EXPENSIVE! Around here, they start around $300/night.
Post # 8
hmm, maybe it’s the area, our package, with officiant, cake, flowers & 25 pictures was $299
Post # 9
Most likely it’s location everything’s higher in Cali. I gave up on packages , even here in GA, because of price. I think you’re mainly paying for convenience. We’ve decided to plan our own So it will be cheaper. Also we have NO guests, no cake or anything. Still just for an officiant, photag (2 for 2hrs) and venue It’ll be about $650 not including DIY bouquet for me.
Post # 10
I’d say it’s expensive because it’s Cali. FI and I are eloping to St. Augustine, Florida and the elopement package at the B&B we chose is only $400. This includes the officiant, a cake, a champange toast, and decorations. In our research, we found that this was a fair price for the area. We also chose to book an amazing photographer who offers an elopement package for an additional $600.
For the wedding pacakge, photographer, and a weeklong stay at the inn, our total cost is just under $2,000. Our overall budget was $2,500 so we did very good!
ETA: I will note that the B&B we’re staying at allows payments so we’re splitting the $1,400 up over the course of four months. Our photographer is a separate cost, but he also does payment plans. Whenever you decide where you want to elope, you might want to ask if they will do payment plans. It’s what saved us!
Post # 11
We were going to do an elopement package, but we ended up putting it together ourselves. The best part is we not only saved some money, but it’s now going to be exactly as we hoped for…no settling!
Post # 12
$2-5K sounds completely resonable, especially when wedding are triple or more.
Post # 13
I agree with PPs, 2-5K in Napa sounds pretty reasonable. Then again weddings are notorious for being overpriced, I don’t see why elopments would be much different!