There are many reasons a couple may choose to elope or opt for a smaller, more intimate wedding. Some couples simply feel a large scale wedding is not what they want. Family disagreements is also another common reason as couples don’t want family politics overshadowing their day or have to leave out family members who may live too far away, meaning the logistics just wouldn’t be doable.
Couples are choosing to ditch the traditional idea of getting married in favour of eloping for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common are;
1. To avoid family politics or those without the traditional family set-up
Some couples do not have the traditional family set-up for various reasons and may simply feel a large scale wedding is not what they want. Another common reason is certain family members may not get along, this doesn’t only overshadow the entire day it also makes things like seating arrangements near impossible! Another consideration is family members who are spread over a large area or live abroad meaning the logistics just wouldn’t be doable.
2. To save money
With the average wedding now costing in excess of £30,000 an increasing number of couples are instead opting to elope with just a few guests to vastly reduce the overall cost, putting the rest of their money to better use, be it a dream honeymoon, deposit towards a house or in raising a family. Things they will get enjoyment from for many years to come as appose to spending a large amount of money for one day, the majority of it being on other people!
3. A stress free day to remember
There’s no denying planning a wedding can be extremely stressful with lots of things to consider, often entailing never ending lists of names, venues, colours, likes/dislikes the list truly is endless! Generally elopements are much more straightforward. Venues typically offer a choice of elopement packages leaving just a few of the finer details for you to decide, such as flowers and the all-important cake!
4. Previously married or a later in life marriage
Those who have been married before or those getting married later on in life may not want all the fuss of a ‘big day’ and wish to enjoy a much smaller celebration either on their own or with close family members.
5. Wish to celebrate at a later date
Many couples who choose to elope for their wedding often choose to hold a celebratory event at a later date with their wider circle of family and friends. This means the couple can enjoy celebrating with everyone having already enjoyed their ceremony and time together. Some couples even choose to do a ‘wedding reveal’ to surprise their guests!
6. Want to legally marry without all the fuss
This is perhaps the most popular reason for eloping!
Couples wish to legally marry but they want it to be
about them instead of having to worry about everyone else on ‘their day’
Eloping still offers the couple the option of
including their own special touches to make the day memorable hence why couples
seeking a small, intimate ceremony often choose to elope in favour of a
standard registry office.