Let’s Elope! | St. Simons Island Wedding Planner

Did you know there is etiquette for eloping?  Most people think of eloping as running off together to get married in secret.  Eloping could be as simple as going to city hall or maybe even flying to Vegas.  When couples elope, they should think about all the people who may feel hurt or slighted. There are a few things you will want to think about before you run off to get married.


The first thing to think about is whether your immediate family and friends will be hurt.  It is your life and your marriage and you have to make the best decision for you. The best way to handle any possible conflict is by telling both sets of parents what your plans are and let them in on the secret.  Or you could avoid telling them anything if you think it may cause even more problems.  Most couples today do a modern day elopement, which is called a destination wedding.  This is a great idea because it allows you to include your parents, siblings and closest friends at the elopement, but you are not going into a huge debt by having a big wedding.


Many couples who choose to elope, decide to send out wedding announcements after they return home.  A destination wedding or elopement is considered to be the same as a private wedding ceremony, so announcements are recommended, as well as accepting gifts.


If you haven’t told anyone about your elopement, you might find it difficult to make the announcement to everyone. There are several ways to make the announcement.

  • Send a formal announcement
  • Throw a big party or reception.
  • Send out “At Home” cards.  (Include your new names and address, as well as a personal note telling why you eloped.)

Proper etiquette gurus recommend that you do not register for wedding gifts if you have eloped.  It’s because some people may feel insulted or hurt that you didn’t include them in your wedding, but you still want them to buy you a wedding gift.  If you have a reception for your family and friends, you should accept any wedding gifts they may bring.

If you are unsure where to go for your destination wedding or elopement, you can Google and Bing the internet for lots of suggestions.  Most elopement companies have packages that take care of everything for you, as well.  The first thing to do is to choose where you would like to be married and what is available in that area.  Make sure the elopement package you choose includes everything you want or will enable you to add other options.  Check reviews and testimonials from previous clients, if possible.  Most elopement websites will have this information available for you because they want your business, as well.  You will also want to find out marriage license requirements for that area and what you need in order to purchase your license. 


Eloping can be exciting and fun for just the two of you.  You can choose from a simple elopement to a ceremony with all the trimmings.  It’s all up to you.  For more information, please visit my website at http://www.stsimonselopements.com or give me a call at 912-638-8706, or drop me an e-mail at stsimonselopements@yahoo.com.  I would be delighted to begin planning your elopement immediately!


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