The Pros and Cons of Eloping!

Eloping is a popular alternative to a traditional wedding for couples who want to exchange their vows in an intimate and private setting. If you are wondering whether this step is perfect for your story, we’ve prepared pros and cons to consider before making the final decision.


  1. Cost savings: An elopement is often a more cost-effective option as there is no need to pay for a big venue, expensive decorations, and cater a long guest list.
  2. Stress-free planning: With fewer details to worry about, much of the stress and pressure that comes with planning a big wedding is simply skipped.
  3. Intimacy: Going away alone or with a small crew allows couples to focus on each other and their love without the distraction of a big event.
  4. Flexibility: With eloping, you can choose a location and date that is meaningful to you and your partner, and you have more freedom to personalize your ceremony.


  1. No family and friends: Nonetheless, eloping means that your closest loved ones won’t be there to share on your special day. Of course, you can pick a handful to be present at the ceremony. But if you choose to be all alone, you can celebrate by hosting a fun, relaxed reception afterward with your closest ones – or even plan a party months after the elopement!
  2. Lack of tradition: cultures had reasons why a couple should organize a festivity to mark the start of their married life. If there are somewhat traditional expectations in your families or a strong sense of cultural background, your romantic elopement ideas might be received with a frown.
  3. Planning challenges: While you might be escaping the stress of wedding planning, elopement can also present its own challenges – such as finding the perfect location and coordinating the logistics of the ceremony.

In summary, eloping can be a great option for couples who want to exchange their vows intimately. Think about what is most important to you and your partner, and weigh the pros and cons. In the end, your decision should align with your values and priorities. If you are looking for additional elopement tips and wedding advice, read more of our blogs!

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