By definition elope (e·lope, iˈlōp) means? verb "Run away secretly in order to get married, especially without parental consent. More specifically, elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving hurried flight away from one's place of residence together with one's beloved with the intention of getting married."
Here are 23 reasons TO elope!
1. You can be less formal.
Don't want to wear a ball gown like your mom thinks you should? Not comfortable in a suit and tie? Scratch all that and wear what YOU want. After all this is your day!
2. It's truly romantic.
3. You have better things to spend your money on.
Like a house, or a honeymoon, or a family vehicle, or rent, or anything else that is NOT a wedding.
4. You can choose your location!
You don't have to find venue that will hold 150 guests in your budget or worry about hotel accommodations either! Who is to say you can't get married in that quaint little spot in the woods you and your fiancé love so much? Or how about on a remote beach? Or over seas! The possibilities are endless!
5. You can't please everyone.
In the end someone will not be happy about something like the music or the food or whatever. Seriously, with so many people giving opinions on what they think is best you can loose focus of what YOU really want for YOUR day!
6. You save time.
Planning a major event takes time. And a lot of it! You're busy, we know.
Maybe you don't need everyone in your business. Not into having everything posted on Facebook and Instagram? Well, if you elope you won't have to worry about being tagged in photos! Not everyone needs a gift registry. Who wants to write all those thank you notes anyway?
8. You have been married before.
Yep, been there and done that. Maybe you don't feel the need for the traditional ceremony. You already did the big wedding thing and know the reasons to elope, so you can stop reading now :-)
Blending various religious and cultural backgrounds may not sound as easy as you think. Eloping is a way to avoid the cultural and religious clashes.
10. THE HONEYMOON!
Who says your elopement location couldn't double as your honeymoon location? Go somewhere exotic! Remember you didn't have a wedding, so you can afford it ;-)
11. No invitations!
This person forgot to RSVP. Should we invite so and so? Wait, didn't they get divorced. What is their address? Did you invite so and so? Forget these questions because your eloping!
12. You don't want to wait.
And why should you? GET MARRIED NOW!
13. Complex family tree.
The idea of all families getting along is awesome, but the reality is not all families get along. Avoid the arguments and fuss of family drama and ELOPE!
14. You. Are. Pregnant!
CONGRATULATIONS! Eloping is less stress on your body. Point blank period.
15. To be unique.
Do you know any couples that eloped?
16. Avoid being a BRIDEZILLA!
It's inevitable. At some point someone will call you a bridezilla to your face or behind your back. Avoid this stereotype and elope!
17. NO REHEARSAL DINNER!
That is all.
18. The food.
No guest allergies to worry about. No per plate costs to consider. Eat whatever you want and a lot of it! And in most cases you will actually get to eat on your big day!
19. The PAR-tay!
2 words: OPEN BAR. Stress level -4. Now all your friends and family can join in for the celebration on a less planned scaled weeks or even months after you have eloped!
20. You have been together for-ev-er...
14 years later you decide to tie the knot. Everyone already thinks you are married.
21. Deceased family members.
Maybe your father has passed or even a sibling. After a major life event the idea of a big wedding sometimes looses it value.
22. Your Milkshake Brings All The Boys To The Yard!
Yep, you can booty shake to that song all day and not have your grandma give you funny looks.
23. THE PHOTOGRAPHY!
You can hire the photographer you want, instead of the photographer you can afford. You don't have to worry about splitting the budget between cake, flowers and dj. Photography can be the item you splurge on. Just because you decide to elope doesn't mean it can't be documented beautifully.