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What Does It Mean To Elope?

We've all heard the story, a young couple takes off in the middle of the night and quickly gets married before their parents can stop them ( O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?)

It may seem like traditional weddings are the only way to get married, but eloping has become more common and less taboo these days. In fact, some couples are opting for romantic places and interesting destinations to elope. This can make the cerebration not only cheap but unique and memorable.


While the technical definition of eloping is "running away," it has a slightly more nuanced definition in wedding parlance. To elope may also suggest that you forgo a formal wedding and elope for the ceremony instead. In modern times, eloping does not necessarily mean running away, and some couples who choose to elope can opt for it to be just the two of them or invite a small number of family and close friends.


Why Do Some Couples Choose To Elope?


There may be many reasons a couple would choose to elope. In more modern times, it can mean avoiding family drama or if a couple does not have the funds, they may choose to elope to reduce the stress and financial burden. Other couples may decide that they'd rather save the money for their future home or honeymoon instead of spending it on a lavish wedding.


Does This Mean No Wedding?


Forgoing a large, traditional wedding to elope does not necessarily mean completely skipping a ceremony or reception to celebrate the occasion. Sometimes, couples who elope simply want to have a more intimate and quiet wedding with a limited amount of guests.  This is where Drift Elopements comes in. Whether you want a more traditional ceremony, the big white dress or an intimate and modern ceremony unique to you as a couple, we've got you covered. With all-inclusive packages that offer you your officiant, photographer, flowers and cake, you won't feel like you're missing out. The stunning beach as your natural backdrop doesn't hurt either.


Some couples even opt to then return home and host a small reception that includes family and friends to celebrate their union. You might even find couples who exchange vows in front of their guests, even though they're already legally married because they eloped and had a private ceremony first.


A Few Plans Prior To Eloping


Even couples who are choosing to elope will need to make a few plans to ensure that their ceremony is seamless and legal. Depending on the location, the couple should contact the local city hall to understand the marriage license requirements. Some locations will require an appointment, a waiting time, and designated witnesses to conduct a wedding ceremony or issue a marriage license. The couple will also likely need their birth certificates and official identifications, so if you are planning a destination elopement, be sure to check local laws prior to leaving for your trip.


Whatever you decide, know that all that matters is your love. However you choose to express it.


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