Eloping? 2 Ways To Make Your Speedy Wedding More Special

If the average $27,000 price tag associated with a wedding makes you buckle at the knees, you might be thinking about running off with your sweetheart and making it official in a small, private ceremony. However, you don't have to let your lack of a lavish party make your wedding seem unimportant. Here are two ways to make your speedy wedding more special, so you can look back on your big day with a smile on your face:

1: Embrace the Experience

Is your wedding turning out a little differently than you originally imagined? If you always thought you would be getting married in front of friends and family in that church down the street, you might be tempted to try to make your nuptials reminiscent of back home. Unfortunately, if you try to make your wedding something it isn't, it could ruin your ceremony. Instead, focus on being open minded and embrace the experience. Here are a few things that might help you to relax and enjoy yourself:

  • Local Culture: If you want to mold new memories and make your wedding day unique, take the time to soak in local culture. For example, if you are getting married in Vegas, spend some time exploring the strip and don't be afraid to let "Elvis" officiate your wedding. By being able to laugh at the experience and appreciate what each city has to offer, you can create a beautiful wedding—no matter where you are.
  • Traditions: Just because you are getting married in an unconventional way doesn't mean you have to skip all of the typical wedding traditions. Toss that bouquet or cut that wedding cake—but don't be afraid to make old traditions your own by using the resources around you. For example, you might be able to pick up a custom wedding cake created by a famous local pastry chef.  
  • Packages: Some wedding chapels even offer custom packages that include things like themed décor, honeymoon accommodations, and transportation. Instead of trying to plan every last detail in a hurry, let someone else do the heavy lifting.

As you plan your wedding, don't forget to listen to your soon-to-be spouse. Although you might be tempted to ignore their strange request for western-themed décor or a giant limousine, if they are happy, your day can be special for both of you.  

2: Focus on Photography

If you are like most people who elope, you might be tempted to skip out on the professional pictures and snap a few shots with your cell phone. After all, since you are getting married in an unconventional way, why would you want to take conventional pictures?

Although it might seem silly, your wedding day might be tough to remember unless you have documented proof and physical prints. A few years down the road, you might not be able to recall that hilarious officiator unless you snap a few shots, print them, and keep them around your house. In fact, research has shown when people take pictures with a cell phone as opposed to printing out actual photos, their memory of the experience is actually diminished because they miss out on external cues later.

If you have all of those wedding pictures stored on your cell phone, how frequently will you really look at them? What if you lose your phone? To fend off photo disasters, consider hiring a professional photographer—even if you are just getting hitched at the county courthouse. In addition to bringing along all of the right equipment, you won't have to worry about asking a stranger to snap a shot with your cell phone camera.

By living in the moment, documenting your journey, and focusing on your sweetie, you can enjoy a beautiful, unique ceremony. Try this website to help you get started.