At Circle of Love, our passion is weddings, however not everyone wants their wedding day to be a large affair; so, eloping is a popular option. To elope means to run away secretly in order to get married, however, it doesn’t have to be a secret anymore. Eloping can save money and stress and is a very appealing option for many couples.
We have listed our top 4 ways to elope without upsetting family and friends.
1. Give people a heads up
One of the reasons family and friends get so disappointed when couples elope is that they don’t know about it and don’t get the opportunity to celebrate and share the wedding day. By making an announcement that you are eloping it gives family and friends the opportunity to digest that they won’t be part of the day and you are not going to be yelling, “we are married” from the rooftops!
2. Make memories and share them
As your would-be wedding guests will not be there with you, it is a lovely idea to get as many photos as possible or a video that you can share with everyone when you return as a married couple. Perhaps consider having a get-together where you invite family and friends over to celebrate with you and to see the beautiful memories that you made as a couple.
3. Have a party
Just because you didn’t have an “official wedding reception” doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate your nuptials with a party. After you return you could organise a party that gives everyone the opportunity to toast the happy couple. There are no rules to eloping so this party can be as simple or as elaborate as you want it. Presents, no presents, BYO or you put money on the bar – it can be anything you want it to be. It’s not a wedding; it’s a celebration after you have said, “I do”.
4. Use #eloped hashtags
This can be a lot of fun for family and friends that are not at your wedding, as they get to see the photos through Facebook, Instagram etc. and feel that they are part of the joyous occasion. Using hashtags will keep all of your photos in the one place and the best part, you get to choose what photos you will share.
Getting married should be one of the happiest days of your life and there are no rules to eloping. With these 4 tips from Circle of Love, you can still make family and friends feel included in your special day.