All you need is love and … how to elope!
Sometimes it all gets a bit too much. Maybe every man and his dog is putting their two cents worth into your wedding planning, maybe the two of you are constantly arguing, maybe the mother in law is being well.. a mother in law, maybe the costs are spiralling out of control, maybe you’re looking at each other and thinking ‘maybe we should just elope?’ You definitely wouldn’t be the first people to have these thoughts and you probably won’t be the last. So here’s the skinny of whether it’s a good idea for you and some things to consider when you’re making the decision about running away to get married.
- Prepare yourself for family and friends reactions- You will probably be on the receiving end of some strong reactions from your loved ones. You need to be steadfast in your decision and not apologise.
- Take care of the legal details – Different countries have different rules and legalities when it comes to marriage, make sure you are aware of the requirements for the area you are getting married.
- Make a list – Make a list before of all the important people you will want to contact on the day, after you get married, parents, siblings, best friends, and make sure you call them to let them know the news before you make a larger announcement. It will lessen the impact and surprise if these important people know first.
- Send out a marriage announcement – Maybe when you get back from your honeymoon or just your wedding day, make a more formal announcement, most people do this on Facebook etc to let the rest of your people know that you got married. This means that people that came to your engagement party etc know what’s going on.
- Don’t down play the day – Just because it’s not the big white extravaganza, doesn’t mean that you can’t make it special and important. You can still have a special dress/suit, maybe a favourite meal/bottle of bubbles, whatever you like to make the day special and memorable. Remember it’s still your wedding day.
- Get good photos – Photos are all you will have left of the day, because you won’t have many (if any) guests, so take the time and expense to get good photos of the ceremony and day. It helps the guests that didn’t get invited feel better if they can see photos of the day.
- Post wedding party – You can opt to have a post wedding party when you get home, to celebrate with family and friends. This will be more relaxed than a wedding would be and you still get to share this special time with your closest ones.
No doubt whichever way you do it, you will still hurt people’s feelings. But remember that your wedding day should be about you and your love and your lives together, not petty bickering and jealousy among those important to you.