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Everything you need to know about eloping with family and friends. How to include them, tips for enjoying the day, and more!
I’m going to start out by busting some myths real quick. Eloping does NOT mean running away to Vegas in secrecy anymore. Sure, you can do that, but eloping means having a small, meaningful wedding in a way that matters to YOU! So YES, you can invite people to an elopement and YES you can include your friends and family some way. A lot of my couples do!
In my experience, elopements typically cap at about 25-30 guests. This is simply because most venues that host elopements cap guest counts at about a dozen guests, and outdoor spaces that will hold more than 25-30 people are hard to find. With that in mind, eloping with family and friends is more than possible!
Reyna & Froy had 16 guests at their elopement. Small enough to make it easy to plan, and enough people for it to be a party!
Long end short, YES! You can do whatever you want and whatever feels right to you. Your friends and family should still be excited for your marriage regardless if you elope or not.
Now, it’s not always black and white. This could be a very easy way for your friends and family to feel included, but make sure going into it that they know you may have a smaller wedding! I wouldn’t invite anyone to an engagement party that I didn’t plan on inviting to my wedding or elopement, simply to avoid hurt feelings. Do what you want to and feels right to you, while being considerate!
Very similar to my answer about an engagement party, yes! However, this is more straight forward. A LOT more couples are planning their elopements with a reception afterwards. Kind of like having a “coming home” party or an announcement party. It’s a really easy way to save money and stress!
One of the easiest ways to make your elopement special to you is including your closest friends and family without burdening yourself without the pressures of everything else. While I’m going to cover all the tips of that in the rest of this post, there are some other things to keep in mind.
If you truly want your day to be special, ask yourself these questions!
There’s a ton of different ways you can include family and friends in your elopement. To make it easy on you, I put together a ton of different bullet point ideas below. You know your family and friends best, so you should pick out which ideas would resonate with them the most!
Lucy & Jon had their best friend officiate their ceremony which made for a very peaceful, low-key elopement. Close friends and family members know us well enough to add personal touches to our day, making it that much more meaningful.
Because there’s so many ways to include your friends and family in your elopement, you should consider the following tips!
Overall, eloping with family and friends doesn’t have to be complicated. Having a small, adventurous wedding in a beautiful place will make their inclusion that much more meaningful.
Want to know how to elope in Washington State? Check out my blog here!
Want to know how to elope in Oregon? Check out this blog post!