Let's talk about elopement costs!
Have you considered having an elopement? Eloping has become an increasingly popular choice for couples seeking an intimate and unique way to celebrate their marriage without breaking the bank. The overwhelming costs of a traditional wedding can put so much stress and anxiety around your day, which is just not how it's supposed to go.
So let's dive into the financial costs of eloping. In this guide, we'll explore the various factors that contribute to elopement costs and help you navigate the budgeting process for your special day.
Does an Elopement Cost Less Than a Traditional Wedding?
If you're looking for the short answer... it's yes. Eloping is definitely a less expensive way to get married. You'll save a ton of money if you plan an elopement over a big traditional wedding. I'm talking multiple tens of thousands of dollars.
However, there are so many different ways that you can plan your elopement. You certainly won't rack up the bill that many weddings do, but elopements aren't always cheap. It's still a once in a lifetime celebration that should be celebrated as such. Pamper yourselves. Treat yourselves. Celebrate in style!
Understanding Your Elopement Cost
Your elopement day can be simple and sweet or lavish and luxurious. But no matter how basic or how glamorous you make it, there are 5 aspects to focus on when budgeting for your special day.
Location, location, location
Choosing your location is step number one. Most traditional wedding venues charge anywhere from $6-10k to host you and your guests for your celebration. Elopements, on the other hand, often embrace mother nature and the great outdoors as a scenic backdrop.
Luckily, here in Vermont, most public landscapes can be used as your elopement venue for free! But take note that some locations (especially National Parks) may require permits (usually around $100). Locations like this will likely offer limited times, locations and guest counts for your elopement ceremony. Your photographer will be able to help you navigate this process.
Elopement Lodging Cost
Don't skimp on finding lodging for your elopement day. That doesn't mean you have to find a fancy $600/night room. But remember, this is a once in a lifetime experience. Find a comfortable space that you'll be starting and ending your day. A place that matches the vibe for your elopement. Perhaps that's a cool cabin in the woods you find on AirBnB, a cozy bed and breakfast in a quaint mountain town, or a swanky 5-star resort that you've been dying to visit. This is a special day - treat yourself.
Wedding Attire Cost
Wedding dresses can bring a fair amount of sticker shock. $2,000+ for a dress that you're only wearing on one day?! Please... there are so many other options out there.
You can easily find quality outfits for you and your partner that won't break the bank. Especially if you're planning on an adventure elopement. Maybe your dress or suit drags through the dirt while hiking and exploring. With an affordable outfit, you won't be worrying about keeping it in perfect condition. Let your wedding attire live it's best life! Let it get dirty, let it get wet! Take a peek at the affordable suggestions below when searching for your wedding attire.
Elopement Photographer Cost
I know I may be a bit biased here, but if you only hire ONE vendor for your elopement day, have it be a photographer. Documenting milestones in life is so important. And hiring a talented photographer who will capture all the details and emotion of your day so that you and your family can relive these special moments year after year, is something you will never regret doing.
Find a photographer that you get along with. You want this person to feel like a friend. Make sure their editing style is one that appeals to you. You want to feel connected to their art - through the colors, the composition, the landscape, whatever it may be. Expect to spend anywhere from $3-8k to document your day.
Your Favorite Activities
The final piece of planning and budgeting your elopement day is deciding what you want to DO for the day! If you're on a budget, choose one or two FREE activities that you enjoy. Go hiking, have a picnic in a park, take a walk on the beach.
If you're looking forward to a little more adventure and ready to splurge, adding on a guided trip is always worth it! How about renting a Jeep and going on a driving tour on some wild backroads. Go for a hot air balloon ride. Fly over your favorite landscape in a small plane or helicopter! Dream big when you're planning out your day! Make it a memorable one!
Eloping can be a beautiful and cost-effective way to celebrate your love, but it's essential to plan and budget accordingly. By considering factors such as location, legal requirements, photography, attire, travel expenses, officiant costs, and post-ceremony celebrations, you can create a memorable elopement without breaking the bank. Ultimately, the key is to strike a balance between your vision for the day and the financial resources available to you, ensuring a stress-free and magical experience.
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