More and more couples are bucking tradition, choosing to elope near and far for the intimate wedding of their dreams. For some, this decision may be down to avoiding the undesired limelight that naturally comes with a big wedding, and for others, it’s a great excuse to avoid complicated family relationships or simply to keep costs low.
The destination is also a key factor for an elopement, where a couple may feel a special connection to a particular place that may not be suitable or accessible to large groups. A remote sandy beach, secluded forest, or beautiful cliff top at sunset are incredibly intimate locations for exchanging vows for starting a new life together. They are also fantastic locations for picture-perfect wedding photos that are truly Instagram worthy!
To find out the most popular destinations worldwide, we analysed 100,000 photos on Instagram with the hashtag #Elopement. Explore the interactive map below or view the Polaroids for the top 25 elopement destinations around the world.
With the average wedding costing £17,740 in the UK and $33,931 in the U.S., money is a major factor as to why couples decide to elope. An intimate wedding with just the bride and groom and sometimes their closest friends and family, eliminates the need to hire an expensive venue and cater food and drink for tens (if not hundreds) of guests.
According to Hitched.co.uk’s national wedding survey, the average spend for a wedding in the United Kingdom is £17,740. The study revealed average costs for these common expenses.
According to The Knot’s 2018 Real Weddings Study, the average spend for a wedding in the United States is $33,931. The study revealed average costs for these common expenses.
There aren’t really any statistical averages for the cost of an elopement wedding as every situation is personal and unique. You can keep it as affordable or as extravagant as you like, and this will be dependent on whether you travel abroad or stay local, how many family and friends you choose to invite (if any), and how much you spend on the dress.
For a destination wedding, it’s often expected that guests will pay for their own flights and accommodation and make a holiday out of the trip, so this can also reduce the cost of eloping abroad.
Refinery29.com interviewed nine brides who opted for an elopement wedding, and their costs ranged from $200 – $4,663.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, and a couple may feel under pressure to involve their family just the right amount and please them with certain decisions. Then there’s the dilemma of whether to invite cousin Suzie, who you haven’t had any contact with in the last decade, and which of your friends to make bridesmaids.
Eloping allows the couple to choose exactly what they want without the worry of upsetting certain people.
According to the Independent.co.uk, the average wedding takes 528 hours to organise, and some people just do not have the time or inclination to spend that long. Eloping often means that you don’t need to think about invitations, guest lists, seating plans, catering, music, etc.
Weddings can be full of age-old traditions, such as not seeing your partner the morning of your wedding, the bride being given away, speeches by selected family members, and throwing the bouquet.
Although the concept of eloping has existed for centuries, what was once a hasty method of marriage due to parental or religious objections, is now a modern and intimate way of tying the knot on the couple’s terms.
Some couples don’t like being the centre of attention, and the idea of standing in front of 150 people fills them with dread. Expressing your love and making life-long promises and vows can be incredibly personal for some people who would rather do this in a private setting or with just their nearest and dearest.
The short answer is ‘yes’! Savvy-saving millennials are now opting to elope over hosting large traditional weddings as a means to save towards other life expenses such as a deposit for a house.
In 2019, Pinterest reported that the search term ‘Elopement photography ideas’ had increased by +128% as well as ‘Destination weddings in the mountains’ by +32%.
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