So you've decided to elope! Congratulations! Eloping is a romantic and intimate way to start your life together as husband and wife. While it may be tempting to just wing it, there are certain things you'll need to do to make sure your elopement goes off without a hitch. Here's a checklist of everything you need to do to pull off the perfect elopement.
1. Choose Your Location
This is probably the most important step in planning your elopement. Do you want to get married in a national park? atop a mountain? at the beach? Take some time to think about what types of locations are special to you and your fiance. Once you've decided on a general location, it's time to get specific. What part of the park do you want to get married in? which mountain? which beach?
2. Get Your Marriage License
You can't get married without a marriage license! Make sure you allow enough time to apply for and receive your marriage license before your wedding day. The process varies from state to state, so research what requirements there are for getting a marriage license where you'll be tying the knot.
3. Find an Officiant
An officiant is required to make your marriage legal. If you have a friend or family member who is ordained, that's great! If not, there are many officiants willing to perform marriages for a fee. Spend some time researching officiants in your area and decide on one that fits both your budget and your style.
4. Choose Your Elopement Attire
One of the great things about eloping is that there are no rules when it comes to what you should wear! You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and beautiful on your big day. Whether that means buying a new dress or wearing your favorite jeans, do whatever feels right for you.
5. Decide Who You Want There
Eloping doesn't mean that you have to forego all tradition—if there are certain people whose presence at your wedding would make it even more special, invite them! Just because you're not having a traditional wedding doesn't mean everyone else has to suffer—have as many or as few people there as you want.
Eloping is a wonderful way to start your life together as husband and wife—it's intimate, romantic, and best of all, largely stress-free! By following this checklist, you can be sure that your elopement will go off without a hitch so that all you have left to worry about on your big day is each other.