Picture this: you and your soulmate finally tied the knot in a romantic setting, just the two of you – no family, no friends, no fuss. Eloping might seem like a daunting task, but with the right planning and preparation, it can be the most intimate and special day of your life.
Whether you’re eloping in your hometown or halfway across the world, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure your day goes off without a hitch. In this article, we’ll share our top tips for eloping, from finding the perfect location to getting your marriage license.
So whether you’re dreaming of a spontaneous trip to the courthouse or an adventurous elopement.
What is eloping?
Eloping is when a couple gets married without telling anyone beforehand. This used to be more common in the past when couples would run away together to get married, but now it’s becoming popular for couples who want to avoid the stress and expense of a traditional wedding.
There are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering eloping. First, you’ll need to be sure that you’re both on the same page about eloping. It’s also important to have a backup plan in case your families find out and want to be involved.
You’ll also need to consider practicalities like getting a marriage license and finding witnesses. But don’t worry – we’ll cover all of that in this article.
There are lots of reasons why couples choose to elope. For some, it’s a way to avoid the stress and expense of a traditional wedding. Others want to keep their wedding day intimate and private, without having to deal with the logistics of inviting guests.
Still, others might elope because they live far away from their families or because they want to get married quickly. No matter what your reasons are, eloping can be a magical and intimate way to start your life together as a couple.
How to prepare for your elopement
Once you’ve decided to elope, there are a few things you’ll need to do to get ready for your big day. First, you’ll need to obtain a marriage license. This can usually be done at your local courthouse or city hall.
You’ll also need to find two witnesses who can sign the marriage certificate – typically, these can be friends or family members, but they can also be strangers you meet on the day of your elopement.
If you’re eloping in a different city or state, you might need to get a blood test or have your birth certificates with you. It’s a good idea to check with your local courthouse or city hall ahead of time to find out what requirements they have.
Once you have all the necessary paperwork taken care of, you can start planning your travel and accommodation. If you’re eloping in another city or state, research hotel options and book your rooms well in advance.
If you’re planning a more adventurous elopement (like getting married at the top of a mountain), make sure you have all the necessary gear and supplies beforehand so that you can focus on enjoying your big day.
On the day of your elopement
On the day of your elopement, there are a few things you’ll need to do to make sure everything goes smoothly. First, dress comfortably – this is not the time for high heels or constricting clothing!
Next, meet up with your witnesses and make sure they have everything they need (ID, glasses, etc.). Then, head over to your chosen location and take some time to relax and enjoy being in each other’s company.
When you’re ready, exchange your vows and share a special moment as a married couple. Be sure to take plenty of pictures or even hire a photographer so that you can remember this day forever.
After you exchange rings and seal the deal with a kiss, it’s official – you’re married! Attend to any final practicalities like signing the marriage certificate and then celebrate however you see fit. Whether it’s popping open a bottle of champagne or simply enjoying a quiet dinner together, this is your time to relish being newlyweds.
After you elope
After you return from your honeymoon (more on that below), it will be time to break the news to your families and friends. You might want to send out announcements or even throw a small reception so that everyone can celebrate with you.
If you kept your elopement secret from everyone beforehand, be prepared for some surprising reactions! But ultimately, it’s up to you how much – or how little – you want people to know about your big day.
FAQs about eloping
Q: Do we need a witness? Can our witness be anyone?
A: In most states, you will need two witnesses over the age of 18 who are not related to either spouse. These witnesses will sign the marriage certificate after the ceremony is complete.
Q: How long does it take to get a marriage license?
A: In most states, it takes around 24 hours from the time you apply for the license until it is issued. However, some states have long waiting periods so it’s important to check with your local courthouse or city hall beforehand.
Q: Do we need a blood test?
A: In some states, couples are required to get a blood test before they can obtain a marriage license. However, this requirement is becoming increasingly rare so it’s best to check with your local courthouse or city hall beforehand.
Q: Can we get married anywhere?
A: Yes! As long as you have obtained a marriage license from the proper authorities, you can get married anywhere in the world – whether it’s in front of City Hall or on top of Mount Everest!