When you envision your dream wedding, you may not see a lacy white wedding dress, elaborate arrangements of flowers, and an audience full of guests. You may see you and your partner exchanging vows on a beach with only an officiant and a couple of witnesses, or the two of you standing in front of a Justice of the Peace. Many couples forgo a big wedding production in favor of a simple ceremony. Eloping saves money, hassle, and time.
Even if you're eloping, you can still get creative and have your wedding just the way you want it. Here are five ideas for eloping on a budget and timeline that will help you arrange a memorable wedding day, without all the fuss.
1. Choose a venue and your witnesses.
Would you like to be close to home, or take an adventure to a faraway destination? If you plan to travel, what's within your budget and timeframe? If you'll be bringing your own witnesses, be realistic about where they can travel with you. Some chapels will provide their own staff as witnesses, but make sure to check in advance.
2. Get a marriage license.
Marriage license requirements vary by location, so look up your state for the marriage license fee and where to apply.
3. Buy your rings.
The wedding band sets at My Trio Rings are perfect for eloping. They come as a matching set, and you'll be certain to find one that fits your budget. For example, this diamond and white gold wedding ring set is sleek, simple, and only $309.99. This 14K gold ring set has an impressive sparkle and shine, and it won't break the bank at $499.99. We ship quickly from our New York City location, and your rings will ship within no more than two business days of your order, and typically much faster. After that, our standard free FedEx shipping takes two business days, and you can pay a small fee for overnight shipping. If you're on a tight timeline, you can make sure that your rings arrive before your big day!
4. Decide on a dress.
This is a special day, so wear something that makes you feel great. For some, that's a suit for the groom and a traditional wedding dress for the bride. For others, it's faded jeans and a sundress. If you're looking for a traditional dress, see our post on Where to Buy and Sell Used Wedding Items for dresses that are lovely and barely worn. You might also borrow a wedding dress from a family member or friend. After all, it's not getting much use hanging in the closet!
5. Plan your honeymoon.
Some couples save on the wedding and splurge on big honeymoon, like a trip around the world. Others keep the honeymoon as simple as the ceremony and take a "mini-moon" to a nearby destination, perhaps the place where you first fell in love, or a town you've always wanted to visit. Make sure you do plan some time for just the two of you, ideally something out of your normal routine. Don't become so focused on figuring out how to elope that you forget to build in time for your first days as a married couple!
Before you elope, select one of the beautiful, reasonably priced wedding band sets at My Trio Rings!
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