So, you've been weighing the pros and cons of eloping... and while the idea is tugging at your heartstrings, you're not quite sure if you should. When you made the decision to get married, you may not have realized just how many people become invested in your decision (that may not have been before). But, ultimately, it is YOUR decision how and where you get married.
If you need a little help coming up with reasons to elope (or to justify the decision to friends + family), here are my top 10!
Views for Days
Colorado is one of the most beautiful options in the states for a mountain/nature lover. There are a plethora of stunning locations to choose from that will provide a spectacular backdrop for your I dos- whether it's the two or you, an intimate group of 6 or a small gathering of 12 (all can be considered an"elopement").
Loads of activities to do solo or with a group
As I mentioned above, an elopement doesn't always mean just the two of you. If you decide to have guests, that doesn't mean you aren't eloping. One of the many perks to a small celebration is there is greater flexibility. So if you want to hike to a waterfall, enjoy a casual morning brunch or go on a jeeping adventure, you can! Small often equals spontaneous and more adventurous which is really hard to do with a big group.
Flexibility to explore
Building on the idea of loads of activities...you can keep things casual and just DO and SEE when you elope. Perhaps you intend to start the day with a hike to a glacial lake, but then hear the wildflowers are popping on a different trail. Follow your heart's desire.
Better for your Budget
Candidly, smaller weddings are less expensive. When you have fewer mouths to feed, you're able to reduce expenses and compromise less. Even if you splurge on all of your priorities, you'll likely come out of your experience with a bit more cash than a larger wedding.
More people, more problems. It sounds a little harsh, but this may have been why you considered eloping in the first place. The idea of putting together a guest list and sourcing vendors, as well as stretching out the planning for however long is needed to put all the pieces in place, can cause a lot of stress and anxiety for couples. Eloping is simply less stressful!
Getting a lot of pressure from friends or family to do things a certain way? Feeling like you are beginning to compromise on things to please others? Ultimately, planning a wedding can lead to a lot of pressure from outside sources. Eloping is a gift to your mental health, in many instances. Do what feels right, instead of what feels expected.
Fewer things to "plan"
When you elope, the number of things to plan for are often more limited. You'll need a location, something to wear, and perhaps someone to document the moment. But aside from that, all the other components are bonus options. And no I did not forget about the person to marry you. In Colorado, you can marry each other. That's right, no need for an ordained officiant. So items like invitations, hotel room blocks, tablescapes, signature cocktail menus, and wedding party attire (just to name a few) are things you don't need to concern yourself with.
Stay & Explore
Extend your elopement for a long weekend or perhaps a week. Who said you can't honeymoon in Colorado or add a little camping trip to the front or back of your vows?
Do it your way
Deciding to do life together means you're a team- and as long as you're together, you can do what works for YOU. Much of your journey ahead is about the two of you, so doing it your way is a beautiful sentiment to your relationship and love, moving forward.
Keeps the focus on your vows + marriage
'Nuff said ;)
Ready to elope? I have a package for that! Learn more about eloping in Colorado by clicking here!