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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.


Mark the occasion by simply wearing your Sunday Best.    


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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