(Closed) What's essential for elopement? Please help!

posted 4 years ago in Elopement
Post # 2
198 posts
Blushing bee

We are eloping. I think you can incorporate the elements of the wedding in your elopement. I’ve always wanted to elope because I know myself and I would be so stressed out during my wedding I wouldn’t enjoy it. We are doing a reception after though, but it just feels like so much less pressure.

We are eloping essentially on our Europe honeymoon, in Venice. So that’s always an option- to elope on your honeymoon. I use Pinterest to get ideas… I’ve seen the most adorable city hall weddings or even private rustic mountain top elopements. 

Elements we wanted:

Formal attire- he’s wearing a tux and I’m wearing a traditional wedding dress, although a simpler style than I might choose if I had a bridal party to help with and wasn’t traveling with it. I still want to get really great accessories.

Flowers- will have a bouquet made and delivered to hotel day of elopement

Photography- booking a photographer to do a 4 hour shoot, which is considerably less money than a the cost of wedding photography, where there are sometimes thousands of images. We will have a few hundred and have about 150 to choose that will be edited. I think that’s plenty and will still allow for a lot of the detail shots like the ring, shoes, bouquet, etc. 

Transportation- We are doing a gondola and water taxi but I like the idea of not having to drive a lot on your day, so maybe even booking a hotel close to your venue.

Food- Booking a private candlelit table at best restaurant in town and having a special 10 course dinner and wine pairings with a small wedding cake for 2

Vows- Want to write our own vows

Relaxation- We will get a couples massage in the morning, then I will get my hair and makeup done. Our photographer we plan to book insists on doing “getting ready” photos in our hotel room

Champagne- I would love to hit a swanky bar right after we marry before photos and toast with some champagne 


  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  lionessa.
  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  lionessa.
Post # 3
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

stjm2015:  I did a planned elopement with my husband at an all inclusive in Jamaica.  As for decor, I chose a gazebo on the beach which had an amazing view and i loved the gazebo…no decorations needed.  We wrote the ceremony and our vows (the vows were a surprise to each other).  I bought a beautiful bouquet, a big dress and we sprung for an offsite wedding photographer who swooped us off the resort and into the country side for 3 hours of wedding photos in all types of settings…rustic barns, cotton trees, cliffs,grapevines and finishing with TTD at sunset on the beach!  When we came back to the resort, we showered, threw on some clothes and had a candlelight dinner on the beach.  It was just us, tiki torches beautiful flowers everywhere our own personal menus we chose the day before and our own personal butler waiting on us hand and foot – We also had a butler all week, so we were treated like royalty all week (which made it all pretty special!).  we went back to our room and dug into our cake.  It was amazing, incredble, romantic.  I loved our wedding and i wouldn’t change a thing!


  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  LoveLikeCrazy.
Post # 4
560 posts
Busy bee

I created, with the help of the Beez, a planned elopement checklist. If you are interested you could PM me your email address and I will send it to you.

Post # 5
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You can have everything you want in an elopement. You don’t have to get married at a courthouse. Figure out what’s important to you, and make it happen

We had a destination elopement in Canada this summer. I wanted peonies, lots and lots of peonies. I wanted a beautiful gown and figured out at the last minute that I did actually want a veil. I wanted a gorgeous honeymoon suite, to walk down an aisle, and to have incredible photos to remember it all. And we did it!

What makes a wedding pretty or beautiful to you? What do you notice in common about the weddings you think are beautiful? Candlelight? Certain colors? bridal attire? Certain environments? If you havent set a date, you have plenty of time to discover what you want.

Post # 6
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010


My husband bought me a simple yet beautiful wedding gown. It was a mermaid dress with a short train. I completed the look with with a veil and pearl jewellery, as well as a faux fur wrap since northern Ontario is COLD in the fall and we were outside. He wore a well tailored suit and we had a bouquet and bout. It was important for us to have a lovely setting, so we found a resort three hours north of our city which was on a lake. The autumn foliage added more color to the photos; it was important for us to have a talented photographer. We honeymooned at the same resort which was meant for couples. 

Post # 7
97 posts
Worker bee


Did you elope in Northern Ontario?

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