Today, Kim is sharing some of her best tips on eloping.
If you didn’t see Part 1, click here. Last week, she talked about the difference between an elopement vs. wedding.
We also interviewed a couple who had to postpone their wedding due to COVID restrictions. Instead, they eloped! And celebrated by setting up a sweetheart table right in their own kitchen.
You can listen to their interview here, or view the blog post of their questions, coming Thursday.
Tips On Eloping
Kim: You know, at the end of the day, it’s about you. You are going to look back on your photos and remember how you were able to share your vows with one another and not worry about anyone else hearing. Maybe you hate being the center of attention. I think that there is just so much good that comes with eloping.
QUESTION: What if our parents want us to have a traditional wedding?
Kim: Parents who are a little resistant to it, you need to be honest with them ahead of time. Let them know what’s going on. If it’s tough, they will come around.
There are ways to include them after the fact: have a party later down the road and celebrate in whatever way you want. Get everyone together, who you would have invited to your “big wedding”.
QUESTION: How can we include guests who can’t make our elopement?
Kim: The obvious go-to is, of course, the virtual option. If you’re going to a destination where your loved ones cannot travel to, just be careful and make sure the virtual ceremony is recognized in the jurisdiction. In most states, it’s actually not. As of now, there is only a handful of states that a virtual ceremony is “legal”.
Another way of including them is to incorporate elements from them. Something from your mom or grandmother so that they can see you including them during your day.
QUESTION: What advice do you have for couples who are dealing with cancellations or rescheduling?
Kim: This is a historical moment in our lives (2020 COVID Pandemic). As a result, you have to make lemonade out of lemons. When you look back on this, and you end up eloping at your local courthouse because you couldn’t have your full wedding, that is going to say something really meaningful.
This is a really significant time in history. It’s an opportunity to make the most of the situation that you have been put in.
“Know that you are not alone.”
Wedding vendors are so willing to work with their couples because they can. They work for themselves. Therefore, they can cater to each couple and meet their needs and I don’t know any other industry that can say that.
Taylor: To finish up, can you give us one elopement secret?
Kim: THE BLOOD TEST. NOBODY NEEDS A BLOOD TEST.
Couples who are new to eloping, here is another secret. The images online and on social media that are getting thousands of likes are styled shoots. To clarify, those are not real elopements. Just keep that in mind. You don’t have to aspire to that level of perfection for your elopement to be an elopement.