(Closed) Elopement budget

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
659 posts
Busy bee

We originally looked into eloping to Vegas, doing the whole little chapel thing. With flights, hotel, and ceremony I think it would have been around $2k.

We ended up doing a big(ish) wedding of around 125 guests. It was beautiful, but I hated planning. I hated thinking about planning every single day. Some girls really have alway dreamed of a wedding, and I just wasn’t that girl. Sure, I dreamed of being married, but not the wedding part. I wish we would have told everyone that pressured us out of eloping to HUSH, and we could have just eloped. There’s something very romantic about running off together 🙂

Post # 3
3532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

lizknope:  When I was seriously considering eloping, I wanted us to have a nice weddingmoon. He proposed in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and I would have loved to have gone somewhere in the Caribbean or even Hawaii to get married and honeymoon. Zika made things complicated though, not that we plan on TTC soon, but I’m gonna need more information to be released about how long it can stay in your system. So a destination elopement to Hawaii or somewhere in Europe probably would have cost more than what we ended up doing, an intimate NYC destination wedding and ceremony.  

Post # 4
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We spent ~3300 all said and done, which included the following: 

-engagement ring and both wedding bands

-marriage license 

-ceremony including location 

-my eyebrow shaping & manicure 

-a sling to wear our daughter in during the ceremony 

-my bouquet & his boutonnière 



my mom bought my dress & shoes for me, and my Mother-In-Law is a hair stylist who did my hair the morning of. My husband wore a suit he had recently purchased for another event 

This was all in Ontario, Canada

hope this helps! 

Post # 5
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Oh and no regrets at all! 

Post # 6
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I recently eloped with no regrets! We did it Mendocino ( small coastal town in northern CA) on the coast through an inn. The officiant, cake, flowers, photography (raw photos, we have to edit and print), and champagne cost $1,500. We spent another few hundred on dinner and a wine tour the next day. We also spent about $900 to stay at this inn for a long weekend. With all of that and my dress, rings, hair, makeup, etc. we spent ~$5,000 for a really nice relaxing wedding weekend. 

Post # 7
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

We live in Phoenix, Arizona and eloped in Sedona, AZ. All in we spent approximately $5,000 which included the following:

  • $1375 for a wedding planner/elopement package which included consultations, photographer, non-denominational minister, land use permits (we were married at Merry Go Round Rock), and help filing the marriage license
  • $480 for a Pink Jeep Rental to/from our wedding location – this was our treat to ourselves and was a lot of fun
  • $1500 for videographer – this was important for us to have and share with our family/friends
  • $1200 for 4 nights of food + accommodation in Sedona and Flagstaff
  • $500 for wedding attire (dress/shoes, jacket for him, hair/makeup)

Here’s my blog post about our elopement: http://haggisandhamburgers.com/our-sedona-elopement/

In the end, we were really happy with our elopement. It was fun, relaxed, and meaningful! We could have drastically cut our budget, but this was a treat to ourselves and was what we were comfortable spending.

Post # 8
3 posts

I’m getting ready to elope to Key West, SO is heading off to the Army and I just finished the Air force so we didn’t want the headache from a full wedding. We’re spending around 3.5k for the two of us for a week down there.

  • $1100 – Lodging
  • $800 – Flights
  • $500- Photographer
  • $500 – Attire, I totally splurged on my dress from what I was planning.
  • $250 – Hair/makeup + trial
  • $150 – Officiant

We’ll probably end up spending a good amount on food and day trips out to the reefs, but it’s money well spent as neither of us has had a vacation or really splurged before. I’m not one for dressing up so the hair and dress is a once in a lifetime day for me.


Post # 9
836 posts
Busy bee

A little over 2K and its an intimate wedding

400 – dress

160 – dress alt

40 for second dress for dinner and dancing after the ceremony

700 for photographer 

100 for hair 

Free makeup – my best friend is a MUA

100 for accessories

0  for venue (public beach)

0 for hotel stay and dinner (gift from in laws)

200 for rental car to drive down to location

50 for henna artist

400 total for wedding bands

plus the groom’s attire which i havent gotten yet. 

Its a lot cheaper than the 5000+ ceremony and recetion I was gonna have.

Post # 10
1428 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

We are eloping. It hasn’t been the cheapest. We’ve spent about £4000. But that’s much cheaper than a big wedding. There were still things we definitely wanted and didn’t want to go cheap on. I knew I wanted a fabulous dress. We also wanted a really good photographer and didn’t mind spending a bit more for that. The hotel we’re getting married at does a “just us” wedding package. The package includes one of their cheaper rooms for one night. We decided we would rather stay for two nights (night before and after the wedding) in the best room in the hotel. They gave us an amazing deal, it’s beeeeeautiful. I think we’ve done pretty good really. 

Post # 11
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

We eloped while in Charleston, SC and it was the best decision!  We found an officiant who handled all the details.  We spent about $1100 total for a package including the ceremony location permit, officiant, flowers, video of the ceremony, and a little over an hour of photography. We basically just showed up with our marriage license, rings and pretty clothes and were back to our vacation/honeymoon within about 2 hours.  🙂

Post # 12
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

We eloped in St. Augustine (about 3 hours from where we live) this past March.

$375 – ceremony on a sailboat, including two hour tour, officiant, and photography

$455 – 3 nights at a B & B

$100 – dinner after wedding

$500 – attire and rings

$40 – specialty wedding cupcakes and custom made toppers

$60 – pedicab tour and ride to restaurant after the ceremony

$125 – rental car

$90 – marriage license

$120 – custom shot glasses and expensive Scotch (DH’s wedding present)

$30 – bouquet and bout.

So total, just under $1900. We also attended a concert of my favorite band ever the night before our wedding, but those tickets were my Christmas present.

It was the best day ever and totally us. We relaxed and had a really enjoyable time. I wouldn’t trade it for a big wedding for anything.

Post # 13
1724 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Our “destination elopement” was about $7, but that included 7 nights at the all-inclusive resort where we got married ($4500), flight $1,000 round trip for both of us), and a $1.5K photo package upgrade with a DVD we could share when we got home.  Incidentals like passports and luggage aren’t included, since we plan to use them again for future trips.  The “One Love” wedding package with cake, toast, planner, minister, photographer, and flowers, beach venue, and paperwork/processing fees were ‘included’ with the 7 night stay.

And that’s about what we’d have spent trying to have a small wedding locally, and would not have had any honeymoon, so I am happy with our decision.

Post # 14
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We essentially had a tiny local elopement — we went to a city a couple hours away from me, had our friend who is a minister officiate, and another friend took pictures for us. We took everyone out for BBQ afterwards. I wore a dress I already had, and he wore a suit he already had. The venue was outdoors and free because it was on-site at our hotel (though, we chose the hotel for the beauty of the grounds) so including hotel room, cake and BBQ, our wedding cost us about $750. It goes up to about $1000 if you count the marriage license, name change, and the parking ticket my husband got on the day we went to pick up our marriage certificate. 🙂 

I’m super happy we did that! Neither of us wanted to mess with planning, and we are also no-fuss kind of people so this was perfect for us. We took a three week vacation to Europe so we called that our honeymoon and boom, done! 

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