• Yale Pagulayan

Choosing Love: How to Plan Your Own Elopement

Some people dream of a fairytale fantasy wedding where a giant, shiny carriage drops off a lovely bride in front of a starstrucked townspeople. Dressed in the fluffiest white gown anyone has ever seen, the lovely bride makes her way slowly to the altar, basking in the stares and awe of everyone in attendance. Thereafter, the bride and the groom say their vows to each other and their journey to ‘happily ever after’ begins.

However, this fairytale wedding scenario is not everyone’s cup of tea. Some prefer a more intimate and a more spontaneous kind of wedding ceremony—elopements to be more specific.

The growing popularity of elopements can be attributed to several factors.

First of all, the pandemic has brought about lots of needed adjustments and changes in the way we live our lives in general. Like all group gatherings and events, stringent health protocols have been set into place in order to ensure the safety of the community as a whole. That’s where elopements come in handy. What better way to celebrate your love and union than by making sure everyone is safe and not risking large group gatherings.

Another relevant point to ponder on is that elopements are significantly cheaper than average wedding ceremonies. Research has shown that the average wedding ceremony in Canada costs around 42,400 Canadian Dollars. By choosing elopement over a wedding ceremony, couples who do not wish to spend their hard-earned life savings on grand gestures and other wedding mumbo-jumbos can rest assured that they don’t drown themselves in unnecessary debt.

So if you’re interested in knowing how to plan your very own elopement, then you’re in the right place. Continue reading through this article for a detailed point-by-point guide. Let’s start!

1) Prepare Your Legal Documents

Before anything else, you must first process the legal documents and requirements needed for your elopement. Whether it is a civil or religious wedding, there are marriage requirements like marriage permits and marriage licenses that are needed to be complied with before a valid marriage can take place.

Also, make sure that you get a wedding officiator who is duly authorized to perform marriages in the place where you decide to elope. Check your area’s legal essentials in advance to prevent any potential problems or invalidity that may occur.

2) Choose the Perfect Location

Because choosing the location for your elopement is probably one of the most important decisions you must make in this whole process, you must ensure that you choose the perfect location.

Banff National Park is the perfect location for any couple wanting to elope. With its serene atmosphere, shimmering blue-green waters, astounding mountain ranges and the incredibly stunning backdrop all these make as a whole, Banff elopement definitely makes it to the top of the list.

If you’re still not convinced at the idea of eloping in Banff, then imagine this: the birds are chirping romantic melodies in the background, the playful rays of the sunset are coloring the skies, and the pink and violet lights are flirting with the colors of your partner’s skin. You hold your partner’s hand like it's the most precious thing in the world and you look into each other’s eyes seeing nothing but love in its most pure and unadulterated form.

Who wouldn’t melt at the idea of feeling that solemn connection with the love of your life with only the skies and lakes as your witnesses? None!

3) Hire a Professional Wedding Photographer

Photos have the power to preserve and document the most precious moments of your life. It is through photographs that you can live and relive those moments repeatedly even after the moment has gone by. This is why it is essential that you hire a reliable and professional wedding photographer for your elopement day.

Choosing a photographer whose skills is exceptional, can make all the difference in the way you remember your elopement day. A photographer with a keen and professional eye would capture not just what’s shown on the camera lens but would also be able to encapsulate the genuine love and emotions that happen in the moment.

4) Have an Exciting Reveal Party

Since big life milestones like this are best when shared with your loved ones, you must make sure to have an exciting reveal party. It doesn’t have to be grand or extravagant. You can either plan an intimate sit-down reveal party or even a surprise BBQ reveal party and invite only your closest friends and relatives.

There, you can share your spontaneous and once-in-a-lifetime experience of “running away” with the most important person in your life. You can show your photos to your guests and excitedly gush over them at the same time!