5 Reasons You Should Elope

There was a time when eloping was only a form of escape for couples who wanted to get married secretly and suddenly. Times have changed.

Elopement is no longer something to do in secret. In fact, with the love of your life besides you, you can choose an incredibly romantic destination to elope to. Somewhere that has a special meaning to you both.

Let us explore the 5 reasons for why you should elope and how a decision to elope can morph into a flawlessly adventurous experience for any couple-to-be.

1. Symbol of Expression

Love is love and it should be celebrated in a personal way that represents the mutual love between the love birds. Eloping, as a symbol of expression, allows you to express the spontaneity and symbolic freedom of your relationship without worrying about anyone else.

2. Keeping It Romantic

Cancelling the stress of guest lists, bills for caterers, decorations, and booking arrangements.

When you choose to elope, you’re doing just that—cancelling the extra stress that comes with bigger weddings. To make your ceremony romantic, intimate, and about you, eloping is a good enough reason. After all, every reason that leads you to crafting a unique experience is worth pursuing. Eloping allows the freedom to make up your own rules.

3. Hitting Two Birds With One Stone

Every wedding is followed by a honeymoon. People tend to believe a honeymoon is the break you need to decompress after a traditional wedding event. A wedding ceremony, regardless of its type, should be the beginning of a honeymoon period. Elopement is the only form of wedding type that can be considered a true predecessor to a beautiful honeymoon.
As you plan your elopement, you can choose any destination you want. Whether it’s a local spot that is special to you two, your favorite National Park, or somewhere completely new, you can have a wedding and a honeymoon together in harmony.

4. At Your Terms

Traditional weddings are great, and I love weddings; however, they reinforce traditional norms that are not always inclusive.

Eloping offers an opportunity to break the stereotypes of traditional couple weddings that might not be a reflection of who you truly are. I believe those who elope can establish wedding norms that are inclusive and centered around the notions of love and acceptance.

Moreover, you can add some fun to your elopement and have the ceremony at your own terms.

5. Environmentally Friendly

According to Mavinhouse Events, the carbon footprint of an elopement ceremony is considerably less than the carbon footprint of a conventional wedding.

If you love nature and wish to be under the dome of the sky without creating any dissonance for the environment, an exchange of vows in an elopement destination wedding is the right call for you to make.

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At Desert Paintbrush, I plan and execute the most romantic, wild, and imperfect escapades. Just like the certainty of love and excitement of elopement, you can count on me to deliver an unparalleled and unconventional wedding adventure that you will cherish for years to come.

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So, what are you waiting for?

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  1. These are some of the best reasons to elope that I’ve read so far! I love the “two birds one stone” take- getting married and having a honeymoon in one is AWESOME! Plus- no stressful planning!

  2. Sienna says:

    Traditional weddings aren’t for everyone, and neither are elopements! What’s most important is that a couple chooses what speaks to them. Thanks for this article!

  3. I love this! I love how unique every elopement is, and you’ve listed some great reasons to really make your day your own!

  4. Sydney says:

    I agree completely! Elopements are really in the hands of the couple and what they want to do without any social norms!

  5. Jacqueline G says:

    Ahhh I just love the section “Keep It Romantic”. That just nails it right on the head for me of why elopements are just AMAZING! Great job and what a lovely couple you photographed too!

  6. Van Gachnang says:

    You nailed this!! Every single reason is spot on, and I know couples will find major value in this blog post. What a great read.

  7. Elopements are seriously the best, I love all these reasons.. It’s so cool when couples can tailor their day to exactly who they are.

  8. Ariel says:

    Traditional weddings certainly aren’t for everyone and you did such a good job highlighting why elopements are the absolute best! Beautiful!

  9. Shanna says:

    This perfectly describes how incredible elopements are and how much they’ve recently evolved. Beautiful post & photos!

  10. I love that you point out that without ht e stress of guest lists and venue payments and entertainment, your marriage can focus on romance. My partner and I have talked about eloping rather than paying a lot of money to have a stressful wedding. We’ve been looking into what our elope should look like, where we would go, and all that.

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Jaymie is a Mammoth Lakes & Zion Photographer. She specializes in documenting small weddings & elopements.