It's about this time of year when you start to realize that everyone is getting married. It's just like when you become pregnant and then out of nowhere all you see is pregnant women everywhere. Life is weird that way.
Weddings are always going to happen, but have you started to notice that elopements have become really popular over the last couple of years? And these aren't your parent's elopements...these are well thought out destination ceremonies held in the most gorgeous locations across the globe. Rather than forking out a large payment on a venue to host 100+ people for a day, couples are utilizing their money in other ways - to get married in some epic locations and travel the world.
Elopements used to mean running off together and getting married in secret. At no point did couples ever "plan" how they were going to elope - they simply did it. Nowadays, they're planning their elopements months, sometimes years in advance. They're taking the time to think about where they want to pour their hearts out and bind their lives together forever and they're carefully choosing a wedding photographer (and sometimes videographer) to capture the most incredible day of their lives.
Some people have a hard time calling these types of ceremonies elopements because of the time couples are taking to carefully arrange the details. Some couples are even finding the photographer of their dreams and asking them where they'd want to photograph their day (I mean did you see the viral Mt. Everest wedding the other week? It's INSANE). A lot of couples know that at the end of the day, they really don't want to deal with the stress of their families and expectations and instead, want to capture their day together, in a place special or new to them.
In the midst of planning my own wedding over 7 years ago, both my husband and I doubted that we were making the right decision to host a wedding with our families. At over 100 guests, we were overwhelmed with details and logistics. We asked ourselves several times if we should just call it off and get married somewhere else with just our close family in tow. At the end of the day, continuing with our wedding plans was the best decision for us and we wouldn't trade our day for the world. It was perfect. However, it does beg the question: what's right for you?
Everyone has their own familial obligations and expectations, but what is most important to you and your significant other? My only piece of advice to newly engaged couples is to follow their hearts. Don't let family sway you in doing what you REALLY want to do. It's only one day and you deserve to have it be exactly what you want.