Reasons to Elope

  • 01

    Save Money

    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.

  • 02

    Avoid Stress

    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.

  • 03

    Maintain Privacy

    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.

  • 04

    It's More Romantic

    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!

  • 05

    A Fun Story to Tell Your Kids and Grandkids

    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.




Final Thoughts

If the religious aspect of marriage is important to you both, you can always receive a blessing after the fact.




Comments

  • penelope7 11/4/2010 Flag This Comment

    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.

  • Belafonte 11/2/2010 Flag This Comment

    We went to Niagara Falls - great advice!

  • JoyceTeresaMann 10/29/2010 Flag This Comment

    @bestmommy. Yes, we did elope back in 1974. Our upcoming wedding anniversary inspired me to write Reasons to Elope.

  • bestmommy 10/27/2010 Flag This Comment

    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.

  • Jeanniemaries 10/27/2010 Flag This Comment

    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.

  • SPhilbrick 10/27/2010 Flag This Comment

    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 !

  • UponRequest 10/27/2010 Flag This Comment

    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.

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