(Closed) How to plan an elope wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
14658 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well, if you’re “planning” it, it’s not really an elopement anymore.  Sounds like you’re having a small destination wedding.  If you have a date in mind set, I’d go ahead even now and just start making the reservations so that you can keep an eye on airfare. 


Post # 4
8465 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

@JS1103:  Check out the Sandal’s “Weddingmoon” packages. I have friends that did this and they were so happy. I think the basic package is free if you book at least 6 nights. I’m seriously considering it because it’s literally 0 hassle. You just need to bring what you’re wearing; they provide the cake, photographer, flowers, officiant, dinner, and prepare the paperwork… probably some other stuff I’m leaving out too!

Post # 5
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’d say it’s not too soon to plan it, since it’s a holiday!!  

Post # 6
2292 posts
Buzzing bee

@JS1103:  As someone already said, this is more of a small destination wedding, not an elopement.

I don’t think a year is too long to start planning a destination wedding. You may want to Google or search “how to plan a destination wedding” or something similar to that to get better information on how to plan such a wedding. 

I also recommend Googling or searching “destination wedding timeline”. I just did that and lots of helpful timelines came right up. In fact, about 12 months is the time-frame that many of these timelines are based on.  

Post # 7
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015


Most people I know who eloped only took a few days to plan it. All you need to do is pick a spot, and find a officiant. 

Post # 9
8465 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle

@JS1103:  Sorry I’m not really sure what you mean. My understanding was that if you tell the resort that’s what you want to do they pretty much do the work for you. As far as I know, the more expensive packages will give you a “choice” between certain themes/color schemes, but other than that it should be pretty painless overall.

Post # 10
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Golden Gate Bridge

I will have a total of 97 days to plan for an elopement that is now 80 days away. It is an elopement because it is top secret and it will only be my Fiance and I. Just because you plan for it doesn’t make it not an elopement. I still want it to be special, I just don’t want anyone else involved until it’s over!

So far I have 

  • picked a date
  • hired a photographer (who will act as our witness.. two birds with one stone! woop!)
  • bought a dress (not a wedding dress but a very nice white lace maxi dress. much more casual but still makes me feel like a pretty bride)
  • booked hotel rooms for our weekend honeymoon 
  • started working on our DIY elopement announcements
  • started making payments on a ring

Whenever I start to feel overwhelmed by this stuff I just imagine how much worse it would be with a hundred other people involved. Cost wise, emotionally, logistically… I couldn’t be happier with the route we are going. 

One of the most common regrets I hear about couples that elope is that there were not enough photos to share with their family, friends, and future children. Anothe regret I hear is that they wish they had gotten more dressed up, made it a little more “festive.”  Just sharing my experiences thus far!

Happy Eloping 🙂

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