Benefits of Eloping in the Age of Coronavirus
If you got engaged in 2019 with plans to marry this year, you've probably had to make some serious adjustments to your plans. COVID-19 has changed the way we look at a lot of things, and it's certainly changed the way we plan our weddings.
With all the venue closings and restrictions on large gatherings, traditional weddings are often giving way to planned elopements. Pandemic aside, this was already becoming a popular trend. There are a lot of benefits to eloping, and it can make your wedding day even more memorable.
Do Whatever You Want!
While planning a wedding, just about every couple finds themselves fretting about their guests. Will everyone have fun? Will there be enough food? Will they have transportation? Where will they stay? These and countless other considerations, quite frankly, can be quite stressful. What matters the most is your experience. Eloping allows you to not only make getting married the sole focus of your wedding day (imagine that!) but also allows you to craft the experience entirely around what you want.
Avoid Family Drama
Do you know certain people who can't be seated together? Do you have two sides of the family that don't get along? Do you have an uncle who you just know will get drunk and ruin everything? There's a simple solution! Don't invite any of them! One of the best parts of eloping is that you can cut out the drama and focus only on what really matters—getting married.
Make Planning Easier
Countless couples have come within an inch of breaking up during the wedding planning process. Some actually have. Planning a wedding is stressful, and one of the key benefits of eloping is that the planning process is vastly more simple. Whether you just run off to the county courthouse to get hitched, or plan a wedding mini-vacation at your favorite getaway spot, you'll get to skip all the most challenging and stressful parts of planning your wedding.
Value Experiences Over Objects
Here's a problem with traditional weddings. You can get caught up in all the little details that don't really matter as much as the marriage itself. Chances are, no one will remember the color of the place settings, the font on the stationery, or every song the DJ played -- you may not either. What you will remember though is the look in each other's eyes as you said your vows and exchanged your rings. That is what getting married is about, and eloping offers an amazing opportunity to let everything else go, and simply focus on each other.
The average cost of a wedding in 2019 was just shy of $34,000. This year, that figure is projected to be a lot lower. You can plan a spectacular elopement for just a few hundred dollars. That leaves you a lot of extra moolah to plan a honeymoon, put a down-payment on a house, or start saving for some future college funds.
Are There Downsides to Eloping?
Sure, there are some potential drawbacks to eloping. Some people might look down their noses at the idea, and you'll probably have some relatives who are salty about not getting invited. Again, it's important to remember that your wedding isn't about them. It's about the two of you.
What's more challenging is that you will have to exclude some close friends and family members who you really would like to have at your wedding. One way of getting around this problem is having a reception after you get back from eloping, at which time you can give everyone closest to you a chance to share in your happiness.
Eloping During COVID
One of the big benefits of eloping during the pandemic is avoiding some of the challenges COVID-19 has created. Keep in mind, however, you'll still have to deal with the basics of getting a marriage license, hiring an officiant, finding a witness, buying wedding bands, etc. In some parts of the country, these things can be challenging but not impossible.
There's also travel to consider. While eloping in a far-flung destination sounds amazing, it's hard to say what will happen with travel restrictions and quarantine requirements. There's nothing wrong with eloping in the good ol' US of A, and even staying in your home state if possible. Think of a place that's special to both of you and not too far from home.
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