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Top 5 reasons why you should consider elopement wedding

What is an Elopement and is it for you?

Nowadays term “elopement” has changed its original meaning from a secret runaway to a planned small, intimate wedding as a celebration of love. After 2020, no surprise many engaged couples aiming to get married, choose elopement weddings. Elopement is a growing trend, and more couples over the world desire to have a small, intimate marriage. First thing off, I love big, fat family weddings. I can see why the bride and groom are attracted to celebrate marriage traditionally. I get the idea you want to celebrate your wedding day with the whole family and friends. You are at the centre of attention, amongst happy wedding guests. But at the same time, I can see how much unnecessary stress is on the bride and groom’s shoulders, dealing with a tight schedule at a traditional wedding. So, if you think elopement isn’t for you, here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider an elopement wedding.

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1. Elopement is all about you and your love.

On the traditional wedding day, the only time the couple can rest and focus on themselves is a portrait session with the photographer – usually between reception and dinner. Party night after the reception usually helps freshly married couples to relax a bit and let the bride loosen her tight wedding dress. But even then, they are never alone. Planning a big wedding for over a hundred guests is stressful enough and always was. On the elopement wedding day, you have all the time for yourself. Plus, if you elope in Scotland, the law allows you to have your elopement wedding anywhere you want as long as you respect local authorities and sourrinding you nature. And speaking of, nature and all time you have for yourself, you are grounded, at peace and focused on your partner rather than wedding tight schedule. I swear, that being in peace with your partner, with nature will reflect on the wedding photos.

2. Elopement or intimate wedding?

Is elopement the same as wedding? In a way, yes it is. You both are getting married. Also, it doesn’t mean you have only option for two of you. Why not take close family with you at the elopement wedding ceremony? Like Rachel and Tom did in their Glencoe Lochan intimate wedding day. So what’s the difference in between an elopement and intimate wedding? Not much if any to be honest. it’s more down to the terminology. Is an elopement simply wedding for two? It doesn’t have to be! Let your family be a part of your elopement wedding day, a vital participant. After ceremony you can roaming in the wild Scottish outdoors with your wedding photographer and join with your family at the late dinner. You have the freedom in elopement tailoring.
It’s really down to your imagination. Another example: after a romantic, intimate elopement for two, your family and friends receive beautiful photos and incredible videos from the ceremony. Does it not sound great? And at the end of the day, you can throw a party week or two after your elopement. In more relaxed, informal manner if the traditional wedding is not your thing.

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3. Let’s talk about the costs- elopement vs traditional wedding

How much does it cost to elope?

In general, elopement is cheaper than a wedding, which does not mean it cannot be fancy. In Scotland, you can have elopement for two for around 10.000 pounds or less depending on your budget. The cost usually includes the celebrant, elopement wedding dress, accommodation, travel and a well-regarded elopement photographer you like. Elopement is five to ten times less than the costs of the traditional wedding. Simple mathematics, you save a lot on each wedding guest. I know, getting married is not only about money. But with all that savings from the wedding budget, you can have a honeymoon holiday. Or book a favourite video artist you couldn’t afford before as the whole of your money went into a wedding venue. If you are not UK resident, you can get some information on elopement wedding packages abroad on my blog post:

4. Freedom of choice

If you decide to elope, you are not minute after minute schedule must-do tasks like in a traditional wedding. Yes, you may consider what time of the day would be the best for your photo session. Discuss the schedule with your celebrant but is way less hectic and under your rules. You can take advantage to pick the perfect time for your photos. In other words, you can have your elopement as you like. You can take even two days option with extra activities but stretch over two days with no fuss and no rush. The most iconic word comes to mind – freedom. It is a very Scottish way. But hey, whatever floats your boat! That’s great if this is what YOU want. That’s the beauty of elopement, doesn’t matter where is, it’s all about your love, the way you like to celebrate your beautiful love. Elopement can be in the back of your garden, or the big city. Will be the same as beautiful as a day on the Isle of Skye or Glencoe. It’s your connection, that is what makes it special. Elopement is easy to understand when you flip the coin and re-define why getting married in the first place. When you elope, you are not tight to traditions. You can think out of the box about how your day should look. Do you want to invite your family or prefer to be alone just with two witnesses? Do you love nature or prefer city elopement? Would you like to have a ceremony in the morning or later afternoon? This is how I see and define the difference between a wedding and elopement.

5. Simply for the stunning backdrop views and photos

Last but not least, think about all those beautiful places Scotland has to offer. Wherever you go, you’ll be surprised by how breathtaking the scenery can be. Just to name few, from the west and south Scottish Borders to Edinburgh. Loch Lomond. Epic A82 road to Glencoe and Skyfall vibe of Glen Etive. Isle of Skye and Torridon. Another thing, I swear, you will look more relaxed on the photos. Simply because we’ll have more time.

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