Deciding whether to plan a wedding or just elope is a big decision and one that we’ll help you make as we weigh up the two options.
For some brides, the thought of planning their dream wedding is an overwhelmingly exciting prospect while for others it just screams “stress”. But the good news is, you don’t have to conform to the mainstream and splash out on a big wedding if all you really want to do is elope. To help you decide, we’ll reveal the advantages of each so you can determine which option is right for you.
No matter what your cultural background or beliefs, weddings are a long-established tradition and an opportunity for two families to come together and celebrate a new union. But more and more, couples are opting to ditch this expensive affair in favor of a more personal and less stressful way to start their married life together.
In this article, we’ll share some of the advantages of having a wedding or just eloping with your loved one to help you decide which option suits you. But remember, there’s no “right” or “wrong” way and it ultimately comes down to what makes you happy and suits your preferred style.
Advantages Of Eloping:
One of the biggest advantages of eloping is the money you will save by not having to entertain dozens (or perhaps hundreds) of wedding guests. With a fraction of the money, you can splurge on a romantic getaway with your fiance or a handful of your closest family and friends while having your wedding and honeymoon all rolled into one.
Eloping will usually be much less stressful than planning a wedding day, what with all the organizing of venues, catering, officiants, and decorations. While a wedding is meant to be your dream day, they often become a careful juggling act as you ensure everyone around you is happy and well catered for. On the flip side, if you decide to elope, you can selfishly just think about what you and your loved one want and then enjoy every moment.
Select Your Dream Location
Rather than being restricted to a location that suits the majority of your guests, an elopement allows you to travel as far as you desire to celebrate your marriage. Want to get married in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest? No problem. Thinking of saying “I do” in the Antarctic surrounded by penguins. Sure – go right ahead! Provided you can secure a celebrant to legalize your marriage, the world is your oyster.
No Guest List Crunch
Deciding who to invite to your wedding day can be a major cause for stress and even lead to tension with co-workers or extended family members that you might leave out. But when you elope, nobody’s going to be offended that they weren’t invited…because nobody else was either!
While a wedding requires you to be sociable and connect with all your guests, an elopement allows you to be completely immersed as a couple and spend every minute together. It’s a much more intimate experience and infused with a good dose of romance – just what you want to start your married life together.
Advantages Of A Wedding:
A Celebration To Remember
Weddings have traditionally been a time to celebrate a couple’s new union and to do that, you really need other participants. Whether you opt for an intimate wedding with just your closest family and friends or a massive celebration with friends of the friends of your parents, a wedding day is an opportunity for everyone to show their love for you and support you as you embark on this next chapter together.
Bringing Two Families Together
Depending on your relationship, your fiance’s family and your own might know each other quite well or they might have never even met. A wedding is an opportunity for them to connect and build a bond that will hopefully only strengthen over time. For some families, this is easier said than done, and sometimes it’s the tension between family members that can be the biggest stress of all.
People Are Invested In Your Future
When you say “I do” in front of a whole room of people, they’re immediately connected to your relationship and its long-term success. They’ll bear witness to the vows you exchange with your loved one and when times get tough, they’ll be the ones to remind you how in love you were on your wedding day. Getting married in front of your family and friends is symbolic that you’re not in this alone and there’s support around you on every step of your life journey.
It Tests Your Relationship (In A Good Way)
Planning a wedding may well be one of the most stressful things you ever do as a couple, so it’s a good test of just how resilient your relationship is. Not only will you have to negotiate countless aspects of your special day but you may also have to compromise to ensure both parties are happy. A few disagreements here and there might see you questioning whether you should be getting married at all (and help you dodge a bullet) or it may reaffirm why this person is the one you want to spend the rest of your life with.
It’s The Childhood Dream
For many young girls, their wedding day is the stuff of dreams when they get to dress up like a princess and be the center of attention. It’s an opportunity to put your individual touch on a dream wedding venue, with no expense spared when it comes to the decorations, catering or your bridal gown. An elopement can never quite live up to this fantasy and if you’re already considering a honeymoon, why not splash out on both experiences.
May 22, 2020