In the past, the term “eloping” came with the idea of running away, getting married without family and friends as witnesses and not having any of the typical wedding aspects such as a gown, photographer, flowers, etc. In fact, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Elope as “to run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent.” Although this has been the image of eloping in the past, eloping does not have to be as informal today!
The New Definition of Elopement
Within the past couple of years, eloping has become a trend and more and more couples are deciding to elope rather than throw a large wedding. Although they are technically “eloping,” these couples are not depriving themselves, or their big day, of the big wedding components that a large wedding usually has. These elopements still include the fun planning of a big wedding such as finding a venue, purchasing a gown, choosing a photographer/videographer and adding the perfect amount of décor.
Although it won’t be a big wedding, finding a smaller more intimate venue for the couple’s big day is a must! It has become trendy to host a ceremony and a small dinner/reception for an elopement and to do so, the couple should find the perfect venue. To match the venue, the event can also still include a theme and a color scheme for décor and florals. By picking these components for the couple’s day, the couple still gets to participate in the planning of the day that will change their lives forever! Which we all know planning is half the fun!
Couples today are enjoying the intimate settings of an “elopement” with a few friends and family, while still being able to incorporate some aspects of a big wedding. Why pass up the opportunity to get all dressed up and make the day truly yours? Couples are embracing the new definition of elopement and we are all for it!
Photos: Jane in the Woods