How To Plan A Stunning Wedding Elopement

How To Plan A Stunning Wedding Elopement
Wedding Venue: California Sand Dunes Photography: Brett Hickman Photographers Friar Tux Shop Selection: Navy Suit with a striped silver tie "An Elopement is so purely romantic because it's all about the bond between the couple and no one else." -Skinny Love Weddings The New York Times just came out with a recent article about a wedding trend that is becoming increasingly popular... Elopement. Now elopement does not mean what it used to. Most couples who are doing this are not doing so because of a forbidden love- but mostly out of romance and budget purposes. Weddings are expensive and can be stressful to plan. The idea of wed-now-party-later is becoming a trend that we here at Friar Tux Shop wanted to help you with. Venue: The venue is everything! Think of something that is special between you two as a couple. Do you love nature? Look into eloping at venues such as this one at the California Sand Dunes or Joshua Tree. California has so many ecosystems and fun towns that it is easy to find a place that speaks to you. Whether that is on the beach in Santa Monica, in the forest of Big Sur, or the courthouse in San Diego there is something for every couple. Now once you have a venue there is some planning to be done. As much as elopement is typically surrounded with a spontaneous connotation, the last thing you want is to show up unprepared and not able to get married. Once you contact the location you want ask: do you need a reservation? Do you need to bring a witness or can they provide one? If it is an out of the country elopement you might want to contact the embassy and know what the requirements are to get married in that particular Country. Remember that you also want to plan to get your marriage license ahead of time. Do not wait till the day of to get this, save yourself the stress and get this done a month or more in advance. Now your location always takes about 10% of your budget, so another idea is to combine a honeymoon and wedding to save. Plus it allows you to enjoy your time together as a married couple without having to go back to the office on Monday. Get it Captured! Unlike a typical wedding, you will not have the luxury of people coming up to you years from now talking about how lovely your big day was, or how much fun they had. It is just you and your groom. So plan to get it all on film! Hire a professional photographer whose work you admire.  Another fun idea is to bring a Polaroid, such as the Polaroid Z2300, which doubles as a digital camera so that you can easily download your photos for safe keeping. If you have a witness, they can also snap some shots for you. Find fun and unique places to take photos- like how the talented photographers of Brett Hickman Photographers did at this gorgeous elopement. Having pictures is also good when you show your friends and family who might be hurt you did not have them there. Also it is good to have photos so that you can send out wedding announcements when you get back to reality after the post-elopement bliss. Style: Just because you're eloping does not mean you don't get to get the dress of your dreams. Take this elopement: the bride wore two stunning dresses from Love and Lace Bridal Salon from designer Leanne Marshall. Her dress elegantly flows in the wind creating a dramatic bridal look. Now we know wedding dresses can be expensive, so try finding something you could wear again, or that you would wear for your reception later with your friends and family. A big trend in all weddings, especially elopements is have a wildflower bouquet that is hand tied. It looks chic and put together, while also bringing a spontaneous feel to it. Something that we pride ourselves on here at Friar Tux Shop is our quick turn around for orders. We are perfect for styling an eloping groom, we have many suits, tuxedos and tie colors to choose from and we can help you with any look you might have in mind for in your wedding day. Such as this groom, he is wearing our navy suit with matching vest and a silver tie. We love how the navy color looks in this sandy scene. Navy compliments the beautiful ivory color of her dress as well. Come on in and let us help you look your best on the big day! Post Elopement: If you are planning to have a party with friends and family, do so in the weeks following your elopement. You do not want to wait too long after to do this, for it may look to be bad form. Send your announcements right away to allow people to know that you are now a married couple. Be wary of Social Media sites- allow your closest family and friends to know first before all your Facebook friends know. This will cushion the blow for any hurt feelings parents or friends might have. At your party you can have all the things a regular reception would have: a cake, food, entertainment, photographers. Think about reciting your vows for your guests. Have pictures from your elopement of display somewhere, to allow people to see the amazing day you had. We hope this helps! We would love to hear from you on your elopement. Use our #friartux to tag us in your wedding day bliss! 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Gown: Love and Lace Bridal Salon | Dress Designer: Leanne Marshall | Florals: The Bloom of Time