A wedding with all the trimmings can cost a small fortune. In tough economic times, you and your betrothed may wish to save your money for the down-payment on a house or a delayed honeymoon.
Planning any large-scale event can be stressful. Often times the bride's side of the family pushes for something that is anathema to the groom's side, or vice-versa. An elopement avoids this obstacle.
Not everyone likes to be the center of attention. By choosing a wedding with invited guests, you are putting yourself on center stage, like it or not.
There is something innately romantic about stealing off in the middle of the night in search of a justice of the peace. If this is what you want, go for it!
Years after you elope, you and your spouse will have a unique story to share with both family and friends. It will become a tale that is fun, romantic and original.
If the religious aspect of marriage is important to you both, you can always receive a blessing after the fact.
I did elope at 20, but the courthouse in Indiana had stopped taking out of state people without marriage licenses, so we had to start all over again! Thanks. I think when done right it is extremely romantic.
We went to Niagara Falls - great advice!
@bestmommy. Yes, we did elope back in 1974. Our upcoming wedding anniversary inspired me to write Reasons to Elope.
Are you speaking from personal experience? Did you elope? :)
I agree, lots of good reasons to bypass the stress and cost of a large wedding.
I wish more people would take their budget of 30K and invest it towards their future rather than have one big show for one stress filled day.
These are good reasons...everyone will have to make their own personal choice regarding this decision. I do know a couple that spent over 30k on their wedding and I cannot imagine making loan payments for that !
I agree with the reasons you give, but as someone who DID elope, I can also see a lot of reasons to do a wedding - even if it's on a shoestring budget.
select one here...