What is An Elopement and is It Right For You?

An elopement is the act or instance of getting married in secrecy. However, over the years, elopements have taken on a different meaning of marrying in the presence of a handful of guests.

As we all navigate through this new way of life, many of us have taken this time to really figure out what is truly important and what makes our hearts smile. Life is full of special moments and getting married is one of life's greatest adventure!

Keep reading to learn if eloping is for you and how you can have a memorable & meaningful celebration with our luxurious pop-up elopements that will be happening this summer!

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1. Make it ALL About You

When you have a traditional wedding, you have to consider lots of factors, like all the people you need to invite (don't forget about who your parents want at your wedding too!) , who will be in your wedding party and how you'll ask them, where you'ill host your big celebration and so many more decisions that come with planning a wedding. When you elope, you and your love is the main focus which is what a marriage is all about.

2. You Save Money

Planning a wedding can be quite expensive, especially if you have a large guest list, if it's a multi-day celebration or if you want to include all the bells and whistles. According to The Knot, a popular wedding planning website, an average wedding costs $30,000. Imagine what you could do with that kind of money; put it towards your down payment for a house, buy a car, take a nice vacation together or better yet save it!

3. You Save Time

Planning a wedding is not an easy task and it's quite time consuming. On average, a couple starts to plan their wedding at least a year in advance, whereas an elopement can be planned within days! Planning a wedding includes researching and meeting all your vendors to see if they're the right fit and then once booked, all the emails and phone calls confirming all your wedding details leading up to your big day. You also have to think about the design of your wedding, and that can be quite daunting for you, if you're not sure where to even look for inspiration and how to start the design process. If you were to elope, you just need yourselves, your witnesses and a few design items to make it special, like a garden style bouquet or a leather "just married" jacket.

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4. No Stress!

As I'm sure you heard from others, planning a wedding can be very stressful and overwhelming. You're constantly making decisions, and not just small ones, like which flowers to include in your bouquet, but putting together a realistic budget or keeping up with the never-ending email correspondence. When you elope, that is all taken away! No stress or anxiety, because you simply do what you want to do and that's it. No need to hear about what your mother-in-law thinks your wedding cake should look like or why you're not having kids at your reception.

5. Authenticity

It may be your wedding day, but let's be real, you need to think about all your guests while your planning your big day. Maybe you want a cocktail reception style wedding, meaning no seating, but your older guests won't be able to stand that long. Or maybe you dream about having an outdoor ceremony in the summer, but have to consider the guests getting too hot if it's a sunny day. When you elope, you can do whatever your heart desires making it the most authentic celebration of your love!

6. Intimate & Intentional

An elopement means you will have a small group of your favourite people celebrating with you, or if you want even more intimate it may just be you, your partner and your two witnesses. Having a smaller celebration allows you to create an intimate atmosphere making it more intentional. You can actually enjoy this magical moment together, instead of having to go around table to table thanking all your guests for be part of your wedding day.

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7. Lose The Family Drama

Do you have a crazy aunt who starts drama at every family function? Maybe you want an adult only reception, but you'll hear it from your cousins when they have to find sitters for their kids. Whatever the case may be, you can avoid all the family drama by having an intimate celebration and just elope! Take that Aunt Betty!

8. Environmentally Friendly

The Green Bride Guide states that the average wedding produces 400 lbs of garbage and 63 tons of CO2. That is A LOT of waste for one day, right? If you are looking to have an eco-friendly celebration, an elopement is definitely the way to go !

9. You Value Experiences Over Stuff

An elopement is a big commitment because you are taking vows to be one and love each other through all the ups and downs. Same goes for a traditional wedding, however, with a traditional wedding you have to consider all the decor needed for the ceremony & reception, what music you will play to get the party started, which candles you'll use for your head table. These are all the extra "stuff" you need for your wedding. When you elope it's about the experience and nothing else! If you value true, authentic and intentional moments then an elopement would be perfect for you!

10. You're Adventurous

When you elope, you don't have to plan your special celebration months in advance, you can simply take care of all the details in days! If you're a really adventurous couple, you may even wake up one day and decide to get married! I always say that life is meant to be an adventure and tying the knot is one of the biggest adventures you will take together, so make it fun and memorable!

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Ditch the boring traditions and get married the way YOU want! Make it intimate & memorable and elope anywhere in our beautiful city of Toronto!

If you are thinking of eloping, but don't want to plan a thing, do I ever have a treat for you! Claudia & Co. now offers Pop-Up Elopements; a modern and luxurious pop-up wedding celebration that includes a carefully curated list of local vendors to create a unique event for you and your nearest & dearest to enjoy!

Elope with us and I promise you it will be the BEST decision you made. Contact me today and learn how you can have an extravagant elopement without the price tag!

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