With elopement expert Kim Olsen
Today, Kim Olsen, co-founder and editor of Art of Eloping is breaking down the basics of Elopement vs Wedding.
Art of Eloping is a new website dedicated to providing couples with the inspiration and resources they need to elope, while also offering a platform to spotlight vendors who specialize in elopements (kind of like The Knot, but for eloping).
As a former editor at Washingtonian magazine in DC, Kim’s also writing a book on all things eloping. The book guides couples through the various ways to elope today and how to do each, what vendors to hire, and how to to break the news to loved ones, along with real couples’ stories and insight from vendors.
Interviewing Kim was INCREDIBLE. We also had the pleasure of talking to our sweet couple, Athena and Joe. They cancelled their wedding to have an intimate elopement instead.
You’ll learn more about their entire wedding experience on the next blog post!
We asked Kim to walk us through some elopement tips. Here is what she had to say:
QUESTION #1: Elopement vs Wedding?
Kim: “Your first decision is where you are going to do it. Then when, then your vendors, then your guests. The destination or where you are going to hold it is going to be the catalyst.
I like to say, “Every season is elopement season”. You aren’t really confined to the busy period of May through October when things really heat up [for wedding season].
If you want a snowy elopement, chances are, if you find your dream vendor you are going to be able to book them.
The options are sort of endless, and you can play around.
“You can get married, if you are open to it, during the week. So you have a ton of options that didn’t exist ten years ago even.
Venues are offering a lot of elopement packages. So you can get married at your dream venue. They may be opening up to social distance friendly, elopement packages.
“You have to think about who you want there with you. Do you want your closest relatives? If you are up in the air about your elopement destination, that you through that.
Can people take time off work? Will they be able to afford to travel to Bali? Can you afford to cover their costs?
The one thing that I hear over and over: there is no stress.
There is way less stress. That’s the huge difference between doing the huge wedding and eloping.
It really is just about you and how you want to personalize your day.”
TAYLOR: “I think that elopements tend to come with a negative stigma. Right? Back ten years ago, when you eloped, it meant you were running off from your family and getting married behind their backs.
Kim: “Historically, the real definition did mean lovers running away in secret. I think with the popularity of elopements spreading like crazy, it will be more normalized.
I think with COVID and some of the positive elopement stories coming from it, eloping will stick around. You are not alone if you decide to elope.”
“Of the nearly 100 couples I have interviewed, nobody has regretted eloping. But a lot of people regret their wedding day.”
TAYLOR: “I want brides and couples to know that it isn’t a bad thing to elope. I think brides are scared to elope because of what their family might say about them.
Or FOMO: Fear of missing out.
It doesn’t mean that you will never be able to celebrate your marriage with your friends and family just because you have to elope right now [because of COVID].”
Kim: “With eloping, you aren’t having to face these pressures of having to create the ideal day.
I think that couples that are facing elopements during COVID need to have an open mind about it. It isn’t just the two of them running off.
You have to ask yourself: Why did you want the big wedding to begin with?”
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