The high costs of modern-day weddings combined with the monumental stress of it all has drawn many couples to eloping. It’s a relatively new method of tying the knot that’s becoming more and more popular. 

Before you hop in the car and head to the local courthouse, though, there a few things you should know about elopement weddings. In this post, we’re going to compare the pros and cons of eloping.

Pros of Eloping: 

  • Eloping is significantly cheaper than a full-fledged traditional wedding. In fact, the only real cost that’s absolutely necessary with elopement weddings is the marriage certificate (usually about $50 depending on where you live). 
  • Takes the burden of planning a wedding off your shoulders. You don’t have to worry about finding service providers, choosing a venue, trying to fit into your wedding dress that you purchased 6 months ago, etc.
  • More laid-back and relaxing. Many couples prefer elopement weddings because they are less stressful, which allows them to let loose.
  • Can incorporate your honeymoon into your elopement wedding. If you plan to go on a cruise for your honeymoon, why not go elope at the same time?
  • Takes less time. You and your spouse can hop in the car and go elope in just a couple of hours time — or even less if you want to go through a drive-through wedding chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Cons of Eloping: 

  • Friends and family members may feel angry knowing that you eloped without them.
  • Won’t receive as many wedding gifts as you would if you had a traditional wedding. (note: you may still receive some gifts from close friends and family)
  • Wedding photos may not have the same level of quality since the background is limited.
  • You may regret it later in life. Although this isn’t always the case, some couples may regret their decision to elope later down the road. 

Should I Elope?

There’s really no easy answer to this question, as there are both advantages and disadvantages to elopement weddings. 

The main benefit comes from the cost savings and simple fact that you don’t have to stress out over planning your wedding, but the downside is that you won’t have the same “traditional” wedding experience that so many people envision on their big day. If you’re willing to take an unconventional path with your wedding, then eloping might be the option that’s right for you. On the other hand, if you want the type of wedding that you see in magazines and television shows, then you should probably avoid elopement.