If the thought of planning a huge wedding sends you into a panic, how about an adventure elopement? Tiffany and Greg chose the stunning Cottonwood Pass in Colorado, taking just Greg’s brother and Tiffany’s sister and her fiancé to their mountain wedding.
Tiffany explained, “The best thing about planning our day was that there was really no one to worry about but us. That in itself takes so much pressure off of you with the planning. I felt such freedom with being able to have the day go however I wanted, as many different stunning locations I wanted and a completely flexible timeline that we didn’t have to stick to. Adventure elopements really are the way to go.”
Keen to do their own thing and include exactly what they wanted, Tiffany chose a black lace dress from Flutter Dress, teaming it with black fishnet tights, and Greg wore jeans and a Ben Sherman jacket. They both wore Dr Martens, perfect for their style, and for hiking halfway up a mountain! They told us, “We did everything polar opposite of what’s considered traditional. From eloping vs a wedding, our location, our attire. We just wanted to do our own thing and be the truest versions of ourselves and just focus on each other for the day.”
Elopement guarantees you can do things your own way, with no pressure from anyone. Having hosted many family holiday gatherings, Shannon and Nina knew that for this celebration, they needed to escape, just the two of them. Shannon explained, “There’s something so rock n roll rebellious about running off to Vegas!”
Obsessed with all things Halloween as well as metal music, the couple got married in October, choosing The Neon Museum in Las Vegas, with a vibe to suit their style. “The neon museum gave a post-apocalyptic, yet glamourous rocker or old Hollywood movie star vibe! A very fitting reminder that as chaotic as the world and life may become, we will always have each other and will always make the best of it together,” Shannon told us.
Clare and Amy had humanist ceremony followed by a big reception with all their family and friends at the start of December, but they didn’t get the legal bit sorted out at the same time. Just before Christmas, the couple needed to attend Warwick Registry office to sign the papers. However, they didn’t just want to go down in their wedding outfits or jeans, they wanted to make it fun and so opted to hire their photographer again and dress as Batman and Snow White, because why the hell not, right? A few of their theatre friends and besties came along, also dressed as their favourite Marvel or Disney characters and they got some truly memorable photos of the day.
“We are two lesbians dressed as Snow White an Batman getting married… I’m not sure you can get more alternative than that!” the couple laughed. “Although we had our more formal day, neither of us wanted to wear our wedding clothes for the second one. We didn’t conform, and just did what made us laugh.”
What do you do when a pandemic hits and you *just* want to get married? You elope! Lou and Dan threw out their original wedding plans in favour of tying the knot on a mountain top. With the help of With Abandon, a trio of women who teamed up in lockdown to help couples elope, Lou and Dan got married on the Isle of Skye, having a second party on the rooftop at The Mill in Digbeth, Birmingham to celebrate with their friends and family seven months later.
Sticking to their £10,000 budget for both events, Lou and Dan worked with a wedding planner for their elopement who took care of all the details, apart from the celebrant, who Lou and Dan chose, to ensure they were happy with them. Lou told us, “It was important the celebrant reflected our beliefs and what we wanted from the ceremony. Celebrants need to speak to the couple first, get to know them and create a ceremony based on them specifically.” The couple asked a friend to officiate at their wedding party in Birmingham, repeating their vows in front of their loved ones.
With not a lot of time to plan, Nicole and Marty knew that they had to prioritise when it came to deciding on the most important elements of their day. Nicole told us, “The most important investments were the only two expenses and research we did – photographer and officiant. Everything else is small details that could change on a dime.”
With just a few friends and family joining them in person for the beach wedding in South Nags Head, North Carolina, the couple ensured the rest of their loved ones could take part in their day, starting a Facebook Live just before the small and personal ceremony.
Nicole explained, “We had no idea if the family across the country would be able to watch or hear with the ocean crashing in the background. But it worked! We were so happy that Rev. Jay made the ceremony special by tying in personal stories about each other. He made us laugh the whole time yet in that moment when we said “I Do” it was only Marty and me – we had no idea that our littles were clearly bored and the source of entertainment to everyone watching online!” Their rings were custom made, with Marty’s holding special sentimental value – his late father’s gold ring is encased inside the white gold band.
Nicole and Marty wanted to include all the things they love in their wedding day. “We towed a Harley Davidson and a Pitt Boss Smoker to the Outer Banks. I wanted pictures on the Harley. He didn’t want to spend a fortune on BBQ when he makes it so well at home. So we did it, we took the things we love with us. The weather, the food, the outfits, the bike, the boots, the jacket, the destination were all absolutely what we wanted. My favourite part was sharing the time with the kids, my aunt and uncle who own the house where we stayed and where the ceremony was held.”
If you’re not aiming for a day full of fun when you plan a Las Vegas elopement, you’re not doing it right! Jeff and Nikki put the emphasis firmly on having a good time, tossing convention aside and customising every part of their day to celebrate their quirky passions. With Elvis officiating at the Graceland Chapel ceremony, the couple crafted a wedding day that was fun, low maintenance and completely on-brand for them!
Jeff and Nikki managed to keep the whole thing secret from friends and family back home, which sounded fun at first, however Nikki explained, “At first, an elopement sounded ideal: to whisk ourselves away from our everyday lives and have a fun weekend getaway, returning to shock our family and friends with our surprise wedding. However, as the time got closer, I started feeling guilty for hiding such an exciting event from my close circle because I was so thrilled, it was hard to contain my excitement.” But a secret elopement gives a certain feeling of freedom, as she added, “We loved not having to worry about traditional expectations or coordinate for anyone other than ourselves and our two witnesses.”