If you have recently got engaged and are now thinking about what to do for your big day, there are lots of opportunities available to you and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. This is definitely truer at the moment with all the current uncertainty and confusion surrounding weddings and the guidelines which seem to change all the time. You may be thinking that you don’t want to deal with all the stress of planning a big wedding and would rather just get away, just the two of you and have a very intimate day with just the two of you or with a couple of close family members. This is when you may both be considering eloping.  We have put together our overview of the eloping vs wedding planning to help give you some more information to help you make an informed decision.

When we think of eloping, many people imagine it is running away from the stress of traditional wedding planning and going somewhere abroad, usually Las Vegas to tie the knot secretly with no family or friends there. Although of course this is an option if that’s what you would like, it’s not the only option! Many people choose somewhere exotic and secluded to elope to and it also means that as you are abroad anyway you can just extend your stay to combine into the honeymoon.  There is also the added benefit of keeping it all a secret that may appeal to a lot of people as you can just escape, get married and not have all the questions and interrogation from friends and family!


One of the main benefits to eloping rather than planning a lavish wedding is the time aspect. Eloping takes a lot less time to organise and will allow you to spend your time on more important things. It’s also a great thing to do if the thought of wedding planning fills you with dread! For some people, they just want to get married with as less stress as possible which is completely understandable. With the added time that you will gain from not wedding planning you could even look at having a small celebration with your friends and family at home once you return from your wedding and honeymoon. This could be as simple as having a few drinks at your local pub if you really don’t want to plan anything grand or lavish.


One of the biggest deciding factors for many couples considering eloping is the budget. If you decide to get married abroad just the two of you, you can save thousands on venue hire, decorations, food and drink for your guests etc. Obviously there will be some costs involved depending on what you’d like to do, for example, if you want to spend out on a luxurious bridal dress and suit, or just wear something that you both already have, but a lot of the money you would normally spend on your guests experience on the day will be saved.


Eloping also gives you the choice to be more flexible with your budget and spend it on just the two of you. There will be the cost of plane tickets and accommodation to factor in, but as I said before you could just extend your stay and enjoy your honeymoon at the same time. It will also save you money to spend on important things after the wedding, such as a house deposit.


Choose important suppliers

If you are choosing to elope then obviously your friends and family will not get to be a part of the day, so it’s important to make sure that you have a photographer on hand to capture all the important details of the day so that you can share these with your family and friends when you get home. You may also choose to have live music played during the ceremony to make it more romantic and personal to you both. With travelling abroad you may choose to either take you preferred suppliers with you, but you would more than likely have to pay for them to attend your day, or you may choose to liaise with your venue and choose local suppliers.


Check the marriage laws

Before you do decide to board that plane and get married abroad it’s worth just checking the legalities of the country you are planning to get married in. You will need to research the marriage laws where you are getting married to see if there is a waiting period between receiving your marriage licence and the wedding. Another thing to consider is if there are any residency requirements to fulfil in order to be legally married. These things, although are a little dull, are necessary to ensure that your marriage is legal.