Elopement Insights: Reasons Couples Choose a Private Ceremony

Recently I had a friend mention that she was starting to have some anxiety about doing a big wedding and wished that they had made the decision to elope. Here’s the thing, most couples make the decision to elope after starting to plan a traditional wedding. At the end of the day your wedding day is about the two of you and the love you share. Only the two of you can make the decision on whether to elope or do a traditional wedding. There are several reasons couples choose to elope.

Less Planning:

Let’s face it, planning a wedding takes well, a lot of planning. You might not be wired that way. You might be someone who gets decision fatigue and has to make decisions all day long. Did you know that the average person makes 33,000 to 35,000 decisions every day? That is so many decisions and some are as small as which shoes to wear but regardless, those decisions add up and can cause fatigue.

When you elope you don’t have to decide what centerpieces to put on the tables or what tablecloth color you would like. You don’t have to decide on chairs, a dj, bridesmaids dresses, picking a maid of honor or best man. You also will not have to worry about who will be included on your guest list.


Some people don’t like being the center of attention. I’m speaking to all of you introverts! I am also an introvert so I understand. I turn brilliant red when I’m the center of attention. Saying vows in front of everyone, the first dance and toasts can be overwhelming to some. Eloping allows it to be just the two of you and for you to marry with privacy. Once you’re married you can send out an announcement to all of your friends and family.

Reduced Stress:

Traditional weddings are a lot of stress. Again the sheer number of decisions you have to make and then not knowing what exactly will happen day of can be stressful. 

Wanting to Travel:

Destination weddings can be absolutely amazing, but a lot of the time this causes additional strain on the people we would like to have in attendance. You deserve to have your wedding where you want it and again, the day is about you as a couple. Eloping can allow you to have the best of both worlds. You can elope at the location you want and then when you get back home you can have a party with your friends and family. 

Family Drama:

If family drama is affecting you, my heart goes out to you! I know this one personally and it was super stressful. My father did not initially like my husband. I wanted him to walk me down the aisle but I also was afraid that he’d object when the officiant asked if anyone had any objections to our union. This might be your situation or you might have something else going on but family drama can be a black cloud floating over what should be a wonderful day. You deserve a day of celebration and not walking on eggshells!

Spontaneous Adventure:

Some people live for adventure. I personally believe that marriage is the adventure of a lifetime. If you would’ve asked me twelve years ago if I thought I’d be where I am now I would’ve told you absolutely not. So why not start your adventure of a lifetime with an amazing experience?

Appreciation of Nature:

Adventure elopements are made for nature-lovers! There are endless options, married by the ocean, hiking up a mountain and getting married on top, camping in a forest and getting married next to a creek. If you can think of it, it can happen!


Some people just don’t want a huge fuss of a wedding. They desire it to be the two of them dressed for their wedding with their vows at the county courthouse. My mom and step-dad actually had a courthouse wedding and then flew off to Mexico for their honeymoon. If that sounds like your jam then a simple elopement could be for you!

Experiences and Personal Authenticity Reign Supreme:

Material possessions can be great but memories are more important to those that relate to this category. When you elope you can choose exactly what you do on your wedding day. That can be waking up and grabbing a cup of coffee while watching the sun rise and then taking on the day doing all of your favorite things. The options are endless. I have so many ideas of things you can do on your special day if this sounds like you and you don’t know where to start.

Wanting to Break from Tradition:

Some couples want to start new traditions. They want to break from societal standards that they feel are weighing them down. Eloping allows you to get married in a way that reflects who you are and not what everyone else expects of you. 

Better Photos and Experience:

The focus when eloping is you as a couple. You’ll get a more intimate setting with stunning locations, flexibility in timing, reduced stress, personalized experiences, and natural interactions which result in authentic photos that capture all the wonderful emotions of the day.

In conclusion:

Choosing to elope is a brave decision that is uniquely yours but it’s happening more and more. If you’re considering elopement and want to capture every beautiful moment, I can help. Contact me today to learn how we can create a stunning, personalized experience that celebrates your unique love story. Let’s make your special day unforgettable!