Help choosing a location; do I need an "elopement package"?

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

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
2095 posts
Buzzing bee

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
6125 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by  sienna76.
Post # 5
4963 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 11 months ago by  GFerg.
Post # 7
2533 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
4963 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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?

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