Weddings

8 Mistakes Couples Make When They Elope

November 1, 2016 by Linda DiProperzio
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Many couples decide to forgo a big wedding and say I Do with just the two of them in attendance. Not only does it often save money, but it also means less stress for the bride and groom. That doesn't mean you shouldn't put some planning into this special day, so if you want to elope, be sure to avoid these nine mistakes.

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Not checking legalities.

Brides often times get so caught up in the excitement of eloping that they forgot to dot their Is and cross their Ts when it comes to the legal details, says Kim Forrest of WeddingWire. "If you're eloping to another country, stop by your local city hall first to get your marriage certificate. Many countries have varying degrees of residency requirements in order to be married there officially, so remember to pack that license."

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Choosing any officiant.

Don't just seek out the cheapest place to tie the knot--you want an officiant that will make your vows special, says Alan Katz of Great Officiants. "Check out reviews of the places you're going to go on established wedding sites and steer clear from Craigslist or Thumbtack type sites as these are not always reliable vendors."

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Skipping professional photos and video.

Since no one was at your wedding, everyone is going to want to hear about and see it, says Jaime Chang of Passport to Joy. "Having a photographer and videographer to tell your elopement story will ensure you've got something to share with your family and friends when they ask."

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Not personalizing your day.

Just because you're eloping doesn't mean you can’t have a customized wedding you love, says Chang. Get the bouquet you really want, hire an officiant who you connect with, play music you love, etc. “You’re probably eloping to make it easy. Keep it simple, but personal and meaningful."

[Photo: Erich McVey]

Thinking you can't look "bridal."

While you might not be having a grand affair, that doesn't mean you can't wear whatever you want--including a gorgeous gown. So get as fancy (or casual) as you like because it's your day.

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Picking a popular location.

When deciding on location, don't limit yourself to the popular spots. Instead, think outside the box with such emerging destinations as Tuscany, Iceland and Ireland, says Megan Velez of Destination Weddings Travel Group.

[Photo: Erich McVey]

Letting friends & family take over.

Lastly, if you are planning to elope and you know your family will not agree, don't tell them--or if you must tell them, be very clear to your family what you want, says Andrea Bushweiler of The Lakehouse Inn & Winery. "I can't tell you how many times a couple has booked an elopement with just the two of them and then once they tell the family their plans, the entire event has changed."

[Photo: Erich McVey]

Downplaying your I Dos.

You got married--and that's something you should be proud of! Don't downplay the importance of those vows. Send out a marriage announcement, share photos on social media and feel free to even register for gifts (some people will want to send you something even though they weren’t there for the actual ceremony).

[Photo: Erich McVey]

 

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