We all know that 2020 has been a CURVEBALL of a year. And brides, I feel you. The lockdowns and uncertainty changed your plans. Then, rescheduling vendors and moving money and retainers around was rough!
But, I have a feeling that 2021 is going to be a revival year for elopements!! I know that many brides have a vision in their mind of a big 8-10 hour wedding day, 250+ guests, a big dress, and a big venue. But, just as a jetting off to an international honeymoon is tough right now, those wedding visions may have to be adjusted.
I am specifically an elopement photographer because I LOVE them. Here are just a few reasons that you should consider planning an elopement for your special day. As a disclaimer, I know that some brides really want the big wedding day, and I love that! Your wedding day should be full of things and people you love! If you want a big wedding day, I want that for you!! ❤️ As many people adjust to a smaller wedding day, here are the reasons I LOVE elopements and why you should consider one as well.
- FOCUS on what matters most. by inviting less people to the wedding, you het so much more time to focus on your hunny and your guests. You may actually have time to walk around and talk to them! My elopement couples really live the attitude “We just want to get married!” and I LOVEEEEE that.
- Keep it simple. Full wedding days with more people, more vendors, and tight schedules can feel very rushed. Elopements typically involve smaller venues, less people, less people, and a more relaxed atmosphere.
- Elopements usually cost less. Less guests mean less seats, linens, meals, drinks, less space, less cake, etc. You get to save a bit of money, but not cut the special moments on your special day.
- Unique and meaningful venues. There are so many beautiful venues across North Carolina. Some are big enough to hold many guests, but there are a ton of super unique wedding venues that cater to smaller weddings. Botanical gardens, beach houses, wineries, and so many more are fair game for elopements and smaller weddings! One of my favorite wedding venues is Serre Vineyards in Mt. Airy, NC. It would be the perfect place for a small wedding! The Southport Community Center is also a great venue 😊😍❤️
- Be prepared for COVID restrictions. Many cities have been changing and tightening lockdown restrictions. Brides and grooms have had to cut guests lists last minute, or switch venues to prevent cutting guests. Planning to have a smaller ceremony and reception from the start will out you in a better position to abide by and honor the COVID restrictions in your city.
Like I said, an elopement is not for everyone. But, it can be a beautiful day to celebrate you and your loved one!
Let’s get your engagement session on the books!