How To Elope: 5 Do's and Don't's

Elopements are perfect for couples that want a simple, straightforward marriage. Eloping is still just as special, but it involves less people, and less faff. You can elope anywhere in the world, which makes your wedding experience all the more unique. Eloping abroad, either just as the two of you or with a select few loved ones as guests, means that you can combine your marriage with an incredible honeymoon and travel experience.

Despite having to organise for less guests, elopements still need a bit of planning. So here are 5 do’s and don’t’s on how to elope, complete with some useful inspiration and recommendations of companies around the world that can make the process even easier…

Photo: Kryvenok Anastasiia

1. Do Organise A Post-Elopement Party

If eloping allows couples to better enjoy the moment because they don’t have to stress focusing on their guests, often this new wedding trend, is not so appreciated by parents and relatives, who feel cut off from such an important event. By organising “a post elopement” party upon your return, as suggested by The Italian Wedding Tailor, you can relive all the emotions of the day with your family and friends. It doesn’t matter how big or fancy the party is, your family and friends will appreciate that you thought about having a celebration with them! The “post elopement party” should be organised reflecting your style and personality, recalling details of your wedding day.

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Photo: The Italian Wedding Tailor
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Photo: The Italian Wedding Tailor

2. Do Splash Out On A High-End Hotel

Wherever you choose to elope in the world, choose a luxury hotel in which to spend your wedding night. Since an elopement takes the focus away from the big party or the many guests, it becomes a lovely day spent intimately as a couple. You will save money on a big wedding, so why not splash out on the hotel? Choose one in an exotic location with amazing views, and you’ll never want your elopement experience to end!

Photo: Alfajiri, Kenya

For venue decoration and an elopement closer to home, check out Sweet Beginnings in Gloucester. Laura will be on hand to recommend and book venues and suppliers to make your day special, and she even runs a bridal boutique with products to hire and pre-loved wedding gowns to fit all budgets.

3. Book A Local Photographer

Normally on a wedding day you have lots of people around you taking pictures, but with an elopement they won’t be there! Holly from Wanderlust Events therefore thinks booking a local photographer is one of the most important aspects of eloping; this way, you’ll have photos as well as memories that you can share with your friends and family after returning home.

Bob Norris is a fashion and wedding photographer who trained in London, lives in Paris, but is willing to travel anywhere in the world to be your elopement photographer. Bob’s style is full of colour and emotion, and he can adapt to your tastes and desires.

For a photographer who operates specifically in Italy, you’ll be in good hands with Max D’Alessandro of Scatti Spontanei. Max has mastered the art of being a discreet wedding photographer, especially during the vow ceremony. ‘I position myself in hidden places, which allows me to have the same point of view as the guests,’  he says, as the focus of his lens is similar to that of the human eye. You’ll therefore be able to have beautiful wedding photos of your elopement that are more spontaneous than posed.

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Photo: Scatti Spontanei, Max D’Alessandro

4. Don’t Stress The Small Stuff!

Your elopement should, first and foremost, be the best day of your life. So don’t stress and enjoy the day. If something goes wrong, whether big and small, don’t lose focus of the fact that you are marrying the one you love, and so nothing else matters.

If you’re looking to have a stress-free wedding in France, So Special Events offers A-Z planning to make sure your day goes as swiftly as possible for you. So, choose between the romance of Paris, the lush rolling hills or the golden coast, and let them do the rest!

5. Don’t Forget The Legal Requirements

Once you have decided where and how to elope, don’t forget to check all the legal requirements needed. As a lot of couples organise their elopement abroad, it is very important to check immediately with the country’s embassy the legal details for non residents to be married there, in order to have enough time to get the required paperwork. You can’t risk to be obliged to postpone your wedding because of the lack of a document…

With these 5 do’s and don’ts, along with our recommendations of top international wedding planners and photographers, what are you waiting for? Get hitched in the most simple and personal way possible, by eloping in a beautiful destination of your choice.

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