How to Plan an Unforgettable Elopement

Elopment Planning

Congratulations on deciding to spend your life together. Nothing is quite as beautiful as having someone to love and cherish for the rest of your life. Today, many couples are opting for more intimate weddings. There is no right and wrong when it comes to the celebration you choose. Whatever the reason, you are totally in charge of how you want your big day to happen.

It may be because of the pandemic situation that led you to downscale or it’s really a choice you made because you prefer a smaller wedding. Remember that smaller does not mean unremarkable. You can definitely have an unforgettable elopement. We have some tips and tricks that can make your wedding day incredibly memorable. Here’s bringing back the focus on what’s truly essential – the two of you and the love you share.

We’ve prepared some nuggets of information, much like a guide, to help you make this day beautiful and magical, just the way you like it. Read on to find out more!

  1. What do you want for your Elopement?

There are many things to consider during wedding planning. First, you need to figure out what YOU want. What are your non-negotiables? Write these down so you have a list you can go back to. This is the perfect time to go look for inspiration. Pin those photos on Pinterest or save articles from Facebook or Instagram.

Go back to these with your partner so both of you can decide on what you want to achieve for your wedding day. Sometimes it’s hard not to compare to other people’s seemingly perfect lives, remember that taking inspiration from others is fine. But don’t be influenced in trying to get what they have. Always be true to yourselves and choose what’s best for you.

  1. Decide on a Working Budget

We all know that elopements are the more economical choice but you still need to have a working budget for it. Once you decide, make sure you stick to it. From there you can consider the vendors you can accommodate and the location for your celebration. Your non-negotiables should be at the top of the list of expenses and whatever remains, you can allocate for the little extra things you might want to add on.

Remember to prioritize a portion for your officiant and wedding licensing fees too.


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  1. Choosing a location/venue

Elopements can be as intimate as just the two of you, witnesses, and an officiant. You can also decide to have a few to a number of guests to celebrate this occasion with you. All the same, the venue is extremely important. You can choose to strip down your wedding to the bare essentials with or without vendors, but you can’t get married without a location. Here are some things to consider when looking for the perfect spot to elope:

  • Privacy

The fact that you’ve chosen a more intimate type of celebration means privacy is important to you. A mountain top or forest would look stunning but you should also take into consideration the ease of access to going to the area.

It could be as simple as having it at your house, picking an outdoor spot, or renting a venue. Remember that styling and photography can make any location look spectacular. With the proper décor, you can achieve the look you’re going for.

  • Convenience

Choose a venue that is easy to go to and can accommodate the bride’s dress and heels (if she chooses to wear these). Also, take note of your guests. For example, if you have elderly parents or grandparents in attendance, the location should be easy for them to go to and they should be able to walk around the area as well.

Whether you choose to get married in your home, a park, on top of the mountain, a beach, or abroad, follow your heart, and everything else will follow suit.

  1. Choose your vendors

Vendors can help you achieve the wedding of your dreams. Of course, this is entirely dependent on your budget and your non-negotiables. Do your research and get to know them through reviews and their past work. Remember, you’re putting a large responsibility on these people to make your elopement the way you’ve always wanted it to be.

Here are some of the main vendors you can book for your elopement:

  • Photographer/Videographer

Your wedding will be one of the most important milestones in your life. We highly recommend booking services that will keep the memory of your elopement alive. Photographers and videographers capture the beautiful and raw moments you can look back on for all your years.

  • Decorator or Stylist

Regardless of the location, a stylist can turn any space into the wedding of your dreams. You’ll be surprised how flowers, greenery, or simple décor can transform a place. It doesn’t have to be elaborate to be beautiful. There are many talented stylists that specialize in weddings. Be honest about your expectations and budget so that you can agree on the best décor for your intimate elopement.

  • Officiant

If you want a legal marriage, you need an officiant or church leader to marry you. Regardless of the kind of wedding, you need to get one. We suggest you look at your city’s rules and regulations on wedding ceremonies as well as researching officiants that will fit both your personalities.

  • Hair and Makeup

Girls, we know you want to look your absolute best on your wedding day. Invest in a good makeup artist and hairstylist. If you want to do this yourself, you can practice the look several times to perfect it.

  1. Dress and suit

Dreamy Floral Swing

You don’t necessarily need to wear a gown or a suit. You can absolutely wear something you already have in your closet. If it’s a new dress, gown, or suit, make sure there is enough time to alter it to your size. If it’s something you already have, see to it that it fits you well.

Whether it’s a new dress or suit, or something you already have, it’s important to make sure that it looks and feels good for your most special day.

  1. look for packages for a stress-free day

Your wedding, your day. Your elopement, your call. You can completely DIY the day, you can choose specific vendors and forego the rest, or you can also choose wedding vendors that provide packages that suit both of you.

Bellamy Loft offers different micro wedding and elopement packages for your needs. Their all-inclusive offers include:

Ceremony Only

A true elopement package that you can share with your nearest and dearest.

  • Legal Officiant
  • Pre-Decorated Venue
  • Processing of Legal Paperwork
  • Chairs & Signing Table
  • ..more


Get married in the presence of a few family and friends.

  • 3 Hour Venue Access
  • Pre-Decorated Space
  • Legal Officiant
  • Standard Ceremony
  • Sweet & Savoury Grazing Boards
  • Non-alcoholic Drinks
  • Wait Staff
  • Background Music
  • Floral Bouquet Rental

Just Perfect

This takes the stress out of planning and execution. Book, get married, and celebrate!

  • 4 Hour Venue Access
  • Pre-Decorated Space
  • Legal Officiant
  • Standard Ceremony
  • Plated Seated Dinner
  • Non-alcoholic Drinks
  • Wait Staff
  • Background Music
  • Bride’s Fresh Bouquet
  • Groom’s Fresh Boutonniere
  • 3 Hour Photography
  • Day-Of Coordinator

For more information, check out:

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Contact Bellamy Loft’s expert team and they can customize a package just for you. Make your day the most special with the help of their dedicated planners and stylists.


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