Lets talk about your wedding plans.
Maybe your entire life you’ve been dreaming of your wedding day.
In your dreams, its a huge event with a big-ass fancy ballgown, a shit-load of people, 20 person bridal party, a 47 layer wedding cake, and hours and hours of event after event.
But maybe you haven’t…
Have you ever thought of just saying fuck it and eloping?
Here are my top 12 reasons why you should elope in Vancouver in 2021.
This is your chance to plan the intimate wedding you’ve always wanted. “We want to elope, but we’re afraid to offend our friends and families.” With the current restrictions on large events, the dirty work has been done for you. It’s the perfect opportunity to steal away for a small wedding, since the choice is now out of your hands!
Elopements and small weddings have one thing in common: they’re extremely intimate. Forget having to sashay from table to table making small talk with your parent’s coworkers and your third-cousin’s socially awkward husband. This is your chance to invite only your closest circle of friends and family. Your few guests will feel actively involved, engaged, and appreciated. You’ll feel all the warm and fuzzies, and none of the obligatory discomfort.
3. SAVE THAT MONEY!
When you pare down your guest list, you open up endless options. You can have the most lavish florals, eat the swankiest meals, and spend more money on the details. Hire the photographer you weren’t able to afford! When you’re not paying the catering bill for 300 guests, you free up that money to use for something else you wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.
4. UNIQUE RECEPTION VENUE
Imagine you’re trying to find a venue to accommodate 300 guests. As you can guess, your options are fairly limited. Now imagine you have 15 guests. You can literally go ANYWHERE. The reception could be you hosting a small backyard long table dinner, or ordering take-out at the beach. You can do ANYTHING. The bill will be a fraction of the cost and your reception will be anything but basic.
5. STRESS-FREE VIBES
There is no use giving yourself an aneurysm, small weddings require 99% less stressing out. We’re talking way less vendor coordination, no timelines, and none of the fuss. It’s simply a matter of meeting the officiant, getting hitched, and then doing whatever the fuck you want.
6. ELIMINATE THE FAMILY DRAMA
Remember the days when you had to invite your Mom’s weird half sister whose husband makes inappropriate jokes and always close talks you? But you invite them because there’s no diplomatic way to turn them down? Well just say Covid-19 made me do it.
7. POP-UP CEREMONIES ARE THE BEST
Some of the most amazing ceremonies I’ve ever attended have been in an out-of-the-box location. The lower your guest list, the easier it is to pull off a pop-up ceremony in non-traditional location. Pick your favourite forest, beach, or rooftop and Voila!
8. ADVENTUROUS PORTRAIT LOCATIONS
Now that your timeline isn’t taken up with a 300 person receiving line and a 15-person bridal party, you can take that extra time and go somewhere adventurous that you wouldn’t have had time for otherwise.
9. THROW TRADITIONS OUT THE WINDOW
Now you’re not obligated to cute your cake with all eyes on you, throw the bouquet, fling the garter, or kiss every time a glass clinks! Pick and choose what you want to include/exclude.
10. YOU CAN PLAN IN A PINCH
Elopements are something you can plan in a matter of weeks! There isn’t need to plan an entire year in advance, because the usual frills aren’t necessary.
11. YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN TIME
A timeline is absolutely essential to keep a large wedding on track. However, an elopement is on your time. There are no scheduled activities, you can do what you want!
12. YOU CAN GET MARRIED ANY DAY OF THE WEEK
We’re so conditioned to think that you can only get married on a Saturday. Wedding inquiries that grace my inbox are almost always for a Saturday! Elopements can happen any day of the week, opening up the opportunities to book a unique venue for a short period of time.
Now you’ve read the 12 reasons you should elope in Vancouver in 2021, check out this Fort Langley elopement!
Hair/Makeup: Kelsey Dickson
Florals: Green Leaf Floral Design
Officiant: Kevin Fatkin
Bride & Groom Attire : Zara
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