Post # 1
My fiance and I are 98% sure we are eloping. A large/traditional wedding isnt for us although I’m afraid his parents and siblings might get upset we eloped but we just really dont want a spectacle on our wedding day. We live in Southern California but really love Nothern California a lot more because of the forest and wildlife up there. A part of me wants to plan our elopement for somewhere up north like perhaps Big Sur area but then again I feel like our location changes almost every week because we end up changing our minds on it for whatever reason. Maybe I’m over thinking it? How did you guys figure out where to marry? We are kind of all over the board on this.
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
If you get on Instagram and look up #elopement you can see photos of places people have eloped. I completely changed my mind about where to have our wedding because of photos I saw here on the Bee. Find a place that looks beautiful, then Google “eloping in ___”
Post # 3
I think the fun part of eloping is that wherever it is will be so special because you make it so. My DH and I got engaged while we were on vacation in Vegas and we were so high on the excitement of the engagement, we spontaneously got married there the very next day. We went to one of those stereotypical “Hangover” type wedding chapels where they just do wedding after wedding all day long. As corny as it was, we had so much fun, we were so giddy about the whole thing, and we look back on it so fondly poking fun at our impulsiveness and my H&M “wedding” dress.
I guess what I’m saying is, although it’s a big day, don’t overthink it. Don’t worry about if the location is special enough because everything about it will be implicitly special and exciting and rebellious and amazing and everything else. If you are truly all over the board and can’t decide, do Rock Paper Scissors, or flip a coin, or bet it on a sports game or something. Hell, you’re already bucking tradition anyway, right?
Congrats and enjoy yourselves, bee!
Post # 4
We had our initial plans fall through, as the B&B we booked is having renos done and will change it’s aesthetic. Ultimately we ended up Googling places to elope in our state and found a place 45mins from home that does packages and is beautiful… We made the booking that night.
It’s a personal choice where you want to elope. That’s the beauty – you don’t need to appease anyone else! You can make it as elaborate or as simple as you want too!
Post # 5
We were actively planning a backpacking trip through Europe for after our daughter’s 1st bday and DH said “Let’s get married while we are there”. Then, it came down to arranging on the trip we had already booked.
Post # 6
We based our decision on how affordable and easy it was to get married there. For us that was Vegas. We each came up with our list of 5 or less top priorities. We compiled them all and picked our wedding from there.
Post # 7
Yeah I hear you! We even had a place picked out (based on pics) but we wanted to visit it first, to see if it really is a fit. (we wanted quiet, mountains, forest and pinteresty places for photos…) Turns out when we were there it was SUPER difficult. It was very overrun and touristy, the places we thought about photos for werent accessible or plannable and everything was super complicated.
We totally 180ed on that and have decided to do something simple with a package were we could see exactly what we were getting. (planning out every detail at a distance, we discovered, is just not for us.)
Since we are in Germany we are thinking about a Scotland elopement (“Wee Wedding Elopements) or Denmark (Danish Island Elopements) There are packages (the scottish one is even with a photographer and a videographer if you want that too) and truly beautiful and stylish.
I thought I wanted to do it all but now I see I just want it done for me, but beautifully and with a somewhat reliable outcome.
Post # 8
Fiance didn’t care. But I wanted someplace different and unique. It came down to logistics, cost and availability.
Post # 9
We ended up going with a place about 45 minutes from us. It had the feel of where we live and it was easy to get there for the wedding. We didn’t have to worry about flying our dress/tux.
Post # 10
I eloped for my first wedding 5 years ago. We’re from West Virginia and already decided to honeymoon in St. Augustine, FL. Six months out, as I was working on our guest list, I had a panic attack over who to invite that led to the decision to elope. Since the honeymoon was already booked, we talked it over with our parents and decided that we would just get married there — a “weddingmoon.” Our family and friends knew and we made sure that our photographer captured the day beautifully so we could share the moment with everyone. About a month after we got back, we had a casual BBQ at a local park to celebrate with everyone. Unfortuantely we are now divorced (amazing person but we were never right for each other) but we did have a wonderful time!
Post # 11
I had stumbled upon photos on Pinterest of elopements at San Francisco City Hall. I had never even been on the West Coast before, I live in Connecticut. I just knew if we were to elope that SF City Hall had to be it.
We eloped this past September.
Post # 12
I just looked up elopement photographers and I found one based out of the Denver area, which just so happened to be where we got engaged. After looking over some of her photos which were absolutely stunning, we decided to elope in the mountains of Colorado and it was perfect!