Why I'm Choosing to Have a Destination Elopement

Why I'm Choosing To Have a Destination Elopement

The Price Factor....

When Dustin and I sat down and initially talked about being engaged, what that meant, and our expectations of marriage, we were 100% on the same page. When it came to wedding planning, we were both stuck at a standstill. One day we wanted to get married back home in Maine, the other we just wanted to get married here, and call it a day. We felt completely stuck financially, whatever we chose to do. We knew a "wedding" meant $$ And to us, we knew we didn't want a wedding to be all about the décor, the food, or even so much the party of it all. We wanted a small, intimate ceremony with a heartfelt exchange of vows, a beautiful location, and potentially a few close friends/family members. When it came down to it all, we knew we wanted a destination elopement because the price was an all inclusive package. Whether we went to Hawaii, or Colorado, we wanted it to be an adventure, and a celebration of marriage - all in one. Simple, easy, and low cost.

 

Planning is waaaay too stressful......

Not gonna lie, I'm a damn good planner, but this was way too stressful...even for me. Trying to plan a wedding half way across the country was just so damn stressful. We knew if we planned a wedding where all of our family members could come, that meant it would come with a hefty price tag, not to mention two plane tickets that would be very, very costly. If I had the time, patience, and plenty of money, I knew planning a wedding almost 3,000 miles from home would totally work, but honestly, I just didn't want the stress of it all. 

 

Our Goals Are Bigger Than A One Time Event....

Dustin and I did not want to spend thousands, and thousands of dollars on a one time "party." It just seemed foolish to dump a ton of money into one day. Sure, we want to create beautiful memories, but does it really matter if you have a $500 wedding cake? I don't think so. For us, we have much larger goals we want to be spending our hard earned cash on, such as paying off our car loans, saving to move, and eventually purchasing our first home. 

 

Because we want it to be small, and intimate....

I've never been one to want a huge, huge wedding. I'm pretty close to my family, and Dustin's family is small as well, so we knew getting married, we didn't want a huge guest list. When we first planned our destination elopement, I didn't think anyone would agree to fly across the country, but then, they did. Every. Single. One. Of. Them. We will have a total of eleven guests - counting us, and that's perfect for us. We get the luxury of having our family, and immediate friends, without having to worry about entertaining countless guests.

 


Are you recently engaged or have eloped? What would you do differently?

 

 

 

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