Planning any wedding or elopement can get stressful, but it does not have to be! I lay out a quick step-by-step on how to plan an elopement or small intimate wedding. Below I break it down into 5 general steps on things to think about and to get you started on the planning process.
Close your eyes. Imagine you're standing with your partner staring into their eyes. You are so in love and the happiest you could ever be. Now look around you, where are you? It doesn't necessarily have to be a specific location or venue, it could be the vibe and feeling you get, or it could be the overall vision of the day.
Make it into a fun activity with your partner and dream of this perfect intentional celebration together. Imagine all the possibilities and what will be the most meaningful and special to you.
Here is the step where it's time to get a little bit more detailed and realistic. Open up your browser because Google will be your best friend. Go in-depth and find everything you will need to know about what will work for the two of you.
Consider the marriage laws and requirements, does the location require a permit? What would be the best time of year in that location? What is the weather normally like? Are there any activities you want to incorporate on the day?
Now that your list is narrowed down. It's time to decide, inquire and book. Everything single detail does not have to be set in stone but decide on things such as the date and general location.
This is a great time to think about if this celebration will just be the two of you or if will you invite a few guests. Is there lodging available and will it work for the date and location? Is there access or opportunities to do an activity you want on the day? These are big decisions but you and your partner will know best if the decision speaks to you and tugs at your heart.
Finally, the part where everything seems to be more tangible and falling into place. Time to fill in the details, build a timeline, and make sure the logistics of the day make sense.
This can easily get overwhelming so my tip would be to create lists, excel sheets, mark due dates on a calendar, or whatever you prefer to keep everything organized. Include as much detail as you can so nothing gets missed. I recommend including some backup and alternative plans because it is good to be prepared.
All that time and effort spent has led up to this point! Time to enjoy and celebrate the hard work and be as present with your partner in this incredible moment of your life. Acknowledge that although everything has been done to make sure it goes according to plan, sometimes it just doesn't and that is completely okay. Think back to why you're eloping in the first place, it's to have an intentional celebration of your love and commitment. Everything else is just the cherry on top.