An elopement refers to a smaller, less formal wedding compared to a traditional wedding in front of guests. While some people associate the term "elopement" with a negative connotation, there are quite a few benefits to the system. Learn more about why more couples today are opting for an elopement venue.
In 2020, the average cost for a wedding in the United States was $20,300. Most young couples can't afford such an extravagance. If they do have the funds, most couples would prefer to put the money toward a down payment on a house. Elopements cost far less since there are fewer people and fewer amenities, such as food. In fact, one elopement venue in Napa Valley, California, offers an elopement package for roughly $2000. The venue provides the minister, photographer, and some basic flowers for the event, making it a little more romantic than a trip to the courthouse, although that's certainly another option.
2. Less Stress
A large event, such as a wedding, requires a lot of planning. The couple needs to make decisions about the guest list, catering, venue, attire, music, etc... In many cases, family members will want to get involved, too, especially if they help with the cost of the wedding. Unfortunately, the stress of planning can interfere with the true meaning of the day, which is to celebrate the couple's love. An elopement puts a lot less stress on the couple.
3. More Intimate
Large weddings often end up emphasizing the guests instead of the couple. The couple needs to greet and thank everyone to the point that many couples can't enjoy the food at their own wedding. When a couple elopes, they get to celebrate their love in a more intimate setting without as many distractions. Many couples find the moment more romantic when the guest list only includes a handful of people.
Some couples don't want to wait to get married. When there's pressure to get married as quickly as possible, the couple may not want to wait the time it takes to throw an elaborate wedding. At a bare minimum, it will take 3 months to throw a successful wedding. Most weddings take 6 - 18 months to plan. An elopement can be done during the weekend.
Learn more about your options for your wedding by talking to an elopement venue. You may be surprised at how nice it can be with just a couple of add-ons.
For more info, contact a company like Hideaway Country Inn.
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