There are 3 responses to the question “Is it ok to elope?”
Yes, yes and yes!
These adventurous brides eloped instead of having a wedding and their reasons might resonate with you and help you decide for yourself.
1, It was fun and less stressful
Paul + Michelle
“We did not want the stress of the wedding. We wanted it to be special for us.
We got married at Isle of Palms SC. We lived in Summerville SC at the time, close to Charleston, and had a reception the following weekend.
We both did not really need anything so we got our friends to come for a stock the bar party. It was fun and less stressful.”
Would you recommend elopement?
I would recommend it to anyone who doesn’t need a fancy dress or tradition..
2, We just decided to get married and went and did it
Brooke + James
Photo credit: Stories by Ash
“The thought of a traditional wedding just did not speak to us, we weren’t interested in it. We have been together for so long (9 years) we didn’t feel we needed the whole engagement process etc – we just wanted to get married and continue on with our life without too much fuss or pressure.
James and I never really thought about [eloping], we just decided to get married and went and did it! We also feel marriage is such a personal choice and having it with just us two meant so much to us.
We both love Byron Bay, it’s a special place we visit often so we decided on that location to also tag a holiday onto the elopement.”
How did you find your elopement photographer?
I found Ash from Stories by Ash via Instagram. She is just phenomenal and I highly recommend her.
3, Sometimes unavoidable circumstances come up
Caleb + Shelby
“We chose to elope because Caleb was being deployed, and to us that made the most sense incase something happened to him oversees. Sometimes unavoidable circumstances come up that make you have to leave your fairytale dreams of a big wedding behind.
But at the end of the day it’s not about the wedding, it’s about the marriage.
We have always wanted a small wedding, but not necessarily to elope. We have always wanted to celebrate with friends and family, and Lord willing one day when life quiets down we will be able to do so.
I picked the location because it was on the water, and being a Florida girl I wanted it to be outside. My best friend who is a photographer was actually able to come out and capture the whole thing.”
Do you have any advice for brides?
If I could give any future bride advice, I would tell her to be flexible. It’s definitely not the easiest thing in the world, but things don’t always go as planned. Like our story.
There you are, what did you think about these reasons why these brides eloped instead of having a wedding?
Are you going to be adventurous and just do it?
If for some reasons, you are still not convinced.. You can check out one of my most popular blog posts on ‘5 Reasons Why You Should Really Elope’ HERE. Perhaps it will help you make the decision 😛