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Top 7 Elopement Venues

Elopement venues to die for! Photo Credit: De Nueva Photography

When you elope today, it’s all about the location and Y-O-U!

While some family members may be offended with your decision to elope, it really is more about you and your future as a married couple that matters. So, make sure you have some fun shopping around elopement venues that will be best for you! In an interview with “Intimate Weddings” writer Gaelen, a newly wed couple shared their thoughts on the best part of eloping.
They said, “Daron and I got to spend the entire day together. Honestly, it was the most romantic day – and our photographer and videographer were there to capture it all. We had a blast and didn’t have to worry about pleasing anyone else.”
Wedding venues around the world are opening up to couples looking for these intimate, and totally instagrammable, ceremonies! Forget Las Vegas! Couples are exchanging vows all over the world in some of the most beautiful places on earth; and they are bringing their photographer friends with them!
Tip! Having a wedding video and lots of pictures to share from your adventure will help ease some family members hurt feelings of not being invited to attend your intimate wedding.
For example, these seven wedding elopement venues from around the world will provide the coveted snaps and humble bragging rights you’ve been looking for!
Tip! Keep in mind that even though you’re having a small ceremony, hiring a travel and event planner is important when choosing to marry outside of the country.

Here are our picks for the top seven elopement venues for eloping couples – there’s one for every continent!

First, Australia:

If you are looking for nuptials that perhaps conclude with surfing on the gold coast or exploring an ancient rainforest, check out Wildhearted and Hitched. They are a wedding planning business based in Queensland and specialize in small weddings. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BhQ5jjagAif/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

Next up, Africa!

Dreaming of Africa? Mahali Mzuri has wedding event specialists ready to plan an exquisite Safari wedding for the two of you and up to 24 guests (if you choose to invite them!) [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BlqMYwjhDea/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

South America:

Get married at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! Belmond Hotel. Machu Picchu. Really, enough said. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BlBt-KJhDO2/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

North America:

Next, channel your inner “wild man” and explore these unique treehouses in Washington state as an option for your secret nuptials. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BjfczpaHGuw/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

Asia:

You really can’t beat a tropical beach wedding. Check out the Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. Truly, it's beautiful and an an award winning luxury hotel specializing in ceremonies large and small. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BbLjjiolb15/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

Next, Head Over to Europe:

Try on your glass slippers Cinderella because your perfect wedding destination is in France! For example, Peach Perfect Wedding planners have work romantic Chateaus and mansions, and other beautiful locations all over the country bringing you the fairy tale wedding you have been dreaming about. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/Bko-i-Vhlo5/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

Finally, take a look at Antarctica:

Looking for ultimate wedding bragging rights? Then, why not get married on a glacier in the Antarctic? Aurora Expeditions has hosted adventures couples getting engaged, married, or for their vow renewals! [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BmC5zbhHeYN/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]
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Your Elopement Wedding | What to Wear

What to Wear Elopement Ideas

More and more couples are opting for small elopement ceremonies that make sense for their budget and lifestyle. We’ve been talking a lot about eloping this month, and now we want to discuss “what to wear when you elope”. Having strong fashion sense and style helps you look and feel confident everyday. This holds true on your wedding day too and these days brides have some wonderfully diverse dress options. For those that have some time to plan their small ceremony, especially if it’s a destination wedding, a traditional gown is commonly worn. Let’s talk, though, about how to feel amazing and what to wear when you have a quick elopement ceremony at the courthouse.

Start with YOU

First, there are a few self-care and beauty items we would suggest doing before your ceremony:

There's Always Time for a Mani Pedi

Take a quick trip to the salon for a relaxing manicure and pedicure. Walk-ins are welcome at most nail salons. Not only will you feel polished and confident as your partner slides the ring on your finger, you’ll be more relaxed and fresh after that hand and foot massage.

Hair and Make Up

This one is harder to book last minute, but getting your hair and makeup done professionally will seriously elevate your look on your wedding day. If you don’t have access to a makeup artist and hair pro, then be your own! Many companies share free tutorials on how to get the gorgeous look that suits you best. We absolutely love this, no bobby pins required, half up-do by Living Proof. Photo credit: Living Proof

Get the Bride Glow

What do all glowing brides have in common? They’re skin looks healthy and vibrant! The evening before your wedding, enjoy some spa time at home and really clean and care for your face. We suggest adding a skin clearing mask and a skin smoothing mask in addition to your usual cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing.

Get Moving

 

Another way to ensure you feel amazing on your wedding day is to do some exercise. Get your endorphins flowing and feel focused and energized by doing some light cardio and weight lifting, yoga and meditation, or maybe simply go for a walk in nature. This is not about dropping weight to fit into a mold of a bride. This is about cashing in on the fact that regular exercise will make you feel happier!

Clean Eating

 

Lastly, eat well. Incorporating a healthy clean diet will help you feel more energized, light, and vibrant on your wedding day and beyond.

Next, what do you wear for your elopement wedding?

The no dress option:

Carefree couples marrying in the courthouse often forgo the wedding dress and suit all together. This however doesn’t limit their personal style choices and fashion sense.

Semi-Formal

Mark the occasion by simply wearing your Sunday Best.    

Formal

Don’t feel like missing out on the chance to stun in a beautiful gown? Go for it! Many brides still wear a traditional long wedding gown at their elopement nuptials.

No Matter What, Do What Makes YOU Feel Your Best for your Elopement!

 

Whether you are pressured for time or not, take some time before your wedding to feel your best. Remember to do some self-care regimens so you feel good from the inside out. If you’re still worried about what to wear when you elope, remember it’s important to stay true to yourself and your personal style. Formal or not, we know you’ll be a stunner on your wedding day!

 
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Elopement Etiquette | What you need to know!

Is there such a thing as Elopement Etiquette?

Planning a wedding today takes a lot of time and money. Which tends to equal stress. The average cost of a traditional wedding is upwards of $20,000! This rules out the budget of a lot of newly engaged couples. Pamela Paul, author of The Starter Marriage and Future of Matrimony, says "They're sort of thinking it's either $25,000 on a wedding or $25,000 on a down payment.” So it makes sense that couples are choosing to elope more now than ever before and are asking if there really is an elopement etiquette. Traditional or not, Elopements are in! Elopement Etiquette Eloping has had a negative connotation in the past. However, it’s not about rebellious teenage courthouse hitchings anymore. Instead, it's couples choosing intimacy and affordability. A typical elopement today is more defined by simplicity, a beautiful destination, and a short guest list. This turn from the rebellious to being a type of wedding means that you have some elopement etiquette that you can use to guide your wedding planning.

Elopement Planning

First off, spending a little time planning will make your small wedding personalized, less stressful, and more memorable. Actually, businesses are starting up around the country to help! For example, “Flora Pop” is a traveling pop-up elopement company offering planning services for small ceremonies of 15 people or less.

Elopement Etiquette

Whether you wait until after the deed is done or you’re inviting them to attend, let your family know! A personal invite over the phone or even sending a formal card works fine. Do what makes the most sense for you!
Are you a wanderlust bride?
Avoid unpleasant surprises by taking into account questions like these when planning your destination ceremony:
  • Is there a waiting period after your marriage license application?
  • What documentation is required (drivers license, birth certificate, divorce decree from former marriage, etc.)?
  • What is the cost of a marriage license?
  • How much does the pastor or judge charge to perform the ceremony?
  • How much does it cost to hold the wedding at the venue of your choice?

Next, Consider the No-Brainers of a Traditional Wedding for your Elopement

Send marriage announcements!
Let your friends and family celebrate with you even if they couldn't be there on your special day! After some enough time has passed for them to receive the announcement, try sending them an email with photos of your wedding and honeymoon! Why?They’ll get a sense of involvement this way and will enjoy hearing about your adventures. Plus, you may not want a big wedding, but that doesn't mean you don't want to share the best day of your life with all the people you love. This is a great way to do just that.
To register or not to register?
Go for it, especially if you are having a small post-marriage reception! Really, it's a good idea to let your loved ones support you. Plus, it's never a bad thing to let them shower you with gifts as you start your life as a married couple. You can always add your registry to your marriage announcement. Although, you don’t want to forget to send thank you cards out as soon as possible!
What other considerations would you recommend taking for a small elopement ceremony?

Share with us in the comments below or comment #wedcollectibles on social media with your ideas.

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An Elopement Checklist: Right for You?

Not all couples want a big to-do when they get married – many decide that it’s better for everyone to simply slip away and enjoy a wedding without guests. But how do you know you’re choosing to elope for the right reasons? Is elopement even right for you? Here’s a quick checklist to decide if a private elopement is what you really want: Are you independent?
It’s not that all independent couples will want to elope, but couples who are particularly attached to the presence of their families may find elopement isolating. If you’d always hoped to share this moment with more than just your other half (and you’re trying to find out how to ship a bunch of people with you on your “elopement”), you may be eloping for the wrong reasons. You can still have a small destination wedding instead if being alone seems like a big loss! Are you hurting anyone?
While eloping is ultimately your decision, and how you start your marriage should be something you discuss primarily with your partner, family members and friends are usually a big part of the wedding process. Will your parents ever forgive you if you leave them out of the wedding? Will your fiancé’s brother be crushed that he didn’t witness the wedding? Try to discuss your decision to elope with these people before you run off. It’s often unclear how important this process is to people before you ask them about it.   Are you going to miss the gifts?
If you elope, you won’t receive much in the way of gifts and pre-wedding parties. If you’re a fan of fanfare and spice racks at weddings, an elopement probably isn’t for you. But if you want a private exchange of vows away from prying eyes, bachelorette parties, and registries, you probably won’t feel like you’re missing anything too important.   Are you going to do a “do over” wedding later?
The urge to get married immediately can sometimes overwhelm an excited couple, and they may decide to off and elope before they have a chance to throw a big party – the “real wedding” might be planned for a later date. However, the elopement was their “real wedding.” Some guests are put off by “do-over weddings” (or early “vow renewals”) as they sometimes seem a little gift-grabby. If you want a big wedding, it’s best to hold off and have the real thing when you can do what you want with it.   Are you making this decision out of stress/spite?
Wedding planning is overwhelming, and sometimes the culmination of issues and stresses can push a couple to giving up and calling the whole thing off. While these are sometimes viable reasons for more private nuptials, you shouldn’t make these decisions too hastily. Give yourself time to decide what is right for you as a couple – don’t let anyone else make a decision like that for you.
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Reviewing Vegas Chapels: The Luxor Hotel and Casino

Last time, I reviewed a great chapel on the Las Vegas Strip: The Chapel at Mandalay Bay. Not all of Vegas's wedding establishments are as elegant as Mandalay Bay, however, so if you are thinking about traveling out to sin city for your nuptials, a little research is pertinent. Don't stick with the first place you see - the perfect Vegas chapel, like a good Christmas tree, is hardly ever in the first lot.   The Chapel at the Luxor, for example, would not be my first choice for tying the knot in Las Vegas. Here's why:   Unlike the quiet location of the Mandalay Bay chapel, the Luxor's chapel is located right next to the food court. The chapel is over the main hotel lobby and directly behind the seasonal hotel attractions. Though the main rooms of the chapel seemed more or less soundproof, don't expect your entrance to be subtle or private.   I was invited to look around, but no one seemed particularly eager to help. I was told that there were three chapels, but I'm still not sure where the third was. (If you're doing your own research in Vegas, pay attention to how you're treated by the staff. If they don't seem to care that you're there while you're looking around, think about the kind of service you'll receive on your wedding day.)   The decor was also not really what I expected. The main lobby was a little cramped, mainly because of the floral cooler (Unlike Mandalay Bay, which hid their hardware in some other part of the chapel). I felt like I was in an old, important house - the kind with overstuffed chairs and couches that look like they should be comfortable, but aren't. Everything looked more French than Egyptian, and what could have been classic and elegant ended up looking and feeling more old-fashioned.   The detailing in the ceiling was pretty, but it disappeared once I entered one of the first chapels. The chapel was nice, but I wasn't really blown away. The carpet looked very much like the kind you put in a hotel room because it's easy to vacuum, and the chairs were about as comfortable as benches. I'm sure the chapel looks nice in final wedding pictures, but it felt stuffy and cold while I was there. The two cut-out cubby holes at the front of the room had big cameras in them, and it wasn't as subtle as it could have been (though the bunches of dusty silk flowers did try to, unsuccessfully, hide them. I hope they're tucked away better when there's a ceremony on).   Their packages were about the same in price as the ones at Mandalay Bay, but I never really understood what they included. If you're doing research for your own wedding, make sure you know what the price pays for. If all you're getting is an minster and a DVD, consider taking your business somewhere else. There are plenty of options in Vegas for your big day - don't settle without doing your research!
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Reviewing Vegas Chapels: The Chapel at Mandalay Bay

Getting married in Vegas isn’t what is used to be. Gone are the days of driving down to the slimy end of the strip for a quick “hey-there-what’s-new-you’re-married” with an overweight and geriatric Elvis. The swanky hotels are stepping it up with entire bridal teams and plush in-house chapels, ready to make everything perfect for your big day. “Caesars Palace” offers a beautiful garden ceremony steps away from their grand pool; “Mandalay Bay” has a wedding package that has you reciting your vows under a pod of sharks (standing room only, I’m afraid); and “Treasure Island” lets you kiss the bride on the same pirate ship that’s home to a horde of scantily-clad singing pirate ladies. So, in short, your choices are a more varied than you might think. I recently took a short trip over to sin city and collected some shaky, blurry pictorials and reviews for your knowledge and benefit. Here’s my review of one of the most highly-rated chapels on the strip: The Wedding Chapel at Mandalay Bay: The Mandalay Bay Chapel makes a good first impression right of the bat, as it isn’t located right in the heart of the busy hotel. It’s tucked away from the casino and shopping district. The lobby was welcoming and much bigger than I expected, and the entire building was also sound-proof. The noise from the nearby convention center was completely damped once the doors shut behind us. There were three chapels to choose from (in the main building – for other options, check out Mandalay Bay’s wedding website), though two of them were nearly identical. The only difference with the third was its slightly larger seating capacity. The chapel seemed to have a preference for calla lilies, but they fit in wonderfully with the soft décor. Whether they were swirled into glass bowls or springing from small planters, it was hard to miss them. My only complaint with the décor is the beading on the wall lamps. Beads dripped from every surface, and I was not feeling it. Though the translucent beads looked nice and simple when draped against the wall, I was not so happy when I noticed them falling from the lamps. It was a little tacky, but the room itself made up for it. There was plenty of seating, the décor was simple and pretty, and the baby grand in the back added a little something extra. What really makes the Mandalay Bay Chapel my favorite on the strip, however, has to be their bridal packages. Not only do they offer the basics (photographer, bridal dressing room, simple bouquet), their deals also offer a variety of options that include free spa visits, romantic dinners, honeymoon suites, champagne, mimosas and breakfasts in bed, and even limo rides to retrieve the marriage license. Their prices range from $750 to a little over $18,000 (for the whole shebang, including reception, bar, cake, and wedding planner). Oh, and if you really want to meet Elvis, they’ve got you covered with the “Viva Las Vegas” package.
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Wedding in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is mainly known for its casinos and hotels. It is also known for its weddings. Thousands of couples go to Las Vegas to tie the knot without any hassle. The place has got minimal restrictions in terms of licenses. For a wedding to take place in Las Vegas, you would need to get a license from Nevada. You will just need proof of identity and a fifty five dollar license fee to get a marriage license from Nevada. The next step is to find a location where you can get married. You will find chapels that offer grand ceremonies. You can also find drive up window wedding just for 20 bucks. For a mere extra 5 dollars you can even get fries and a drink. These are some chapels that provide music, flowers and some even clothes. So you actually do not need to do anything but just arrive at your venue. Las Vegas is the place to get married if you want a hassle free wedding. You do not have to arrange for anything at all. You just need to show up with your fiancée and everything will be taken care of. Getting married in Las Vegas gives you the opportunity to have your honeymoon at one of the most happening place in the world.
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