How To Elope: A Handy Guide

If you’re waiting for a sign – this is it! Elopements are incredibly romantic and far easier to plan than a traditional wedding. In fact, we’ve teamed up with industry experts to create a gorgeous autumn elopement to inspire your very own planning. And, to help you along the way, here is our handy guide on how to elope:

Set Your Budget

Budget talk is probably the least exciting part about planning a wedding, but it’s something that needs to be done. Have a thorough look at your finances, what you’re capable of saving before the big day and, of course, what you’re willing to spend on it. Ultimately, your budget will set the direction of your wedding day.

To budget accurately, factor in items such as your venue, transport, attire, hair and makeup, a planner, photographer, officiant, flowers, wedding bands and food and drink.

bride standing behind groom and holding him bride and groom kissing

Look and Feel

After having the budget talk, you’ll have a clearer idea of the direction in which your elopement is heading. Will you hire a venue? Are you inviting a limited amount of guests? Will you get married in your hometown? Or will you travel to a destination you’ve always dreamed of visiting?

Since South Africa and many other countries are still currently under lockdown, why not consider an intimate backyard wedding? Relaxed, informal, yet so romantic and cost-effective!

Choose Your Vendors

If planning is not your thing, we strongly advise on getting a wedding planner who will walk this journey with you every step of the way. Even though there is far less planning involved than a regular wedding, it can still be stressful. Let’s admit, sometimes, we just need someone to hold our hand and help us make good decisions.

If you’re planning on having a really intimate elopement with minimal fuss, we’d highly recommend that, above all, you invest in a brilliant photographer. A good photographer is non-negotiable on our list of things to have for a successful wedding.

A few weeks, months or years from now, you’ll look back on your wedding photos and relive each and every precious memory through these beautifully captured moments.

bride and groom standing in front of an arch bride and groom looking into each others eyes

Make It Official 

Depending on where you’re getting married, ensure you have a registered marriage officer who will help you tie the knot legally. Should you decide to elope in a different country, research the laws around marriages between foreigners as each country has its own set of rules. Remember, there’s also the option of getting legally married in your hometown and then having a symbolic ceremony at a destination of your choice!

Have A Reveal Plan

You will have to let your friends and family know that you and your partner are now officially married. Prepare yourself for lots of questions and emotions, but remember that this is your big day and you decide what goes.

After all, there’s no need for anyone to feel excluded should you have a solid plan in place. We love the idea of creating a cute video announcing your marriage or even hosting an intimate get together with snacks and plenty of bubbles to celebrate you and your spouse as newly-weds!

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Make It Special 

Whether you decide to have minimal guests or none at all, make your elopement as special as possible. Dress up in a beautiful gown or suit, have your hair and makeup done and look your best.

So, budget permitting, we say go ahead and book that fancy ride, splash out on a meal and good wine and live your best life! This is your special day and you need to make the most out of it.

So there you have it, our official guide on how to elope. And, if you’re still a bit unsure as to whether this is the right decision for you, we suggest reading our article “Should We Elope”? Whatever you decide, make sure that the decision you’re making is the right decision for you as a couple. This is your unique love story after all!

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