Ideas for a Small Elopement

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Ideas for a Small Elopement
An elopement focuses on the fact that a wedding is primarily just between the couple. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Weddings are full of love and celebration as two families unite. However, they are also sometimes full of drama, stress, disagreements, drained bank accounts and family awkwardness. It is no wonder elopement, a hurried and secretive wedding out of town, is an alluring and romantic option for some couples. An elopement does not have to entail running off to Las Vegas for a cheesy ceremony at the corner chapel. Have a classy elopement that is just between you and your husband or before an intimate group.

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Bed and Breakfast

A bed and breakfast, unlike a hotel, can be exclusively inhabited by your small group. The grounds of many bed and breakfasts are particularly picturesque and serene. Choose a town with a setting you love. Contact the owners of the bed and breakfast of your choice for help; they are a goldmine of information and you will benefit from their experience while planning your elopement in that particular city.

Ideas for a Small Elopement
A charming bed and breakfast sets the tone of your elopement. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Seaside

Elope to an exotic, tropical location that you may otherwise have not been able to afford after the expense of a large wedding. A romantic island, an all-inclusive resort or a charming seaside village are picturesque options that are low on stress and high on relaxation and romance.

Mountains

Mountaintops offer undeniably romantic, sweeping views of nature or cities. Decide between mountains reachable exclusively by hiking trails or those that offer a driving option. If you are a couple that enjoys winter sports, get married on skis, snowboards or snowmobiles at the top of a mountain resort.

Ideas for a Small Elopement
A sunset or sunrise elopement in the mountains is particularly serene and romantic. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Out Of The Country

Plan a destination elopement to your dream country. Splurge for a wonderful hotel, at least for one night of the trip. Add a wedding tradition from that country into your ceremony. Think of your wedding as a fantasy vacation with your best friend.

Where It All Began

For a truly personal touch, get married at the location you and your fiancé met. If you met in college, find the most beautiful place on campus and have your wedding there. If you met at the office, arrange a rooftop wedding at that building. If you met in a bar, have the wedding on the bar terrace. Be creative; nearly any location works, though some may take more beautifying than others.

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