Forgoing floral arrangements, a DJ, or even guests at a wedding might seem extreme, but more and more courageous couples are choosing to elope or take part in adventure weddings each year. These intimate ceremonies come in all varieties, from the forests of Yosemite to the French Riviera. Often taking place in remote locations, adventure weddings and elopements rarely have all the details of a traditional wedding, but they can be a great way to celebrate a couple’s unique bond without sacrificing their style.
So why opt for an untraditional wedding?
the devil is in the details
Traditional weddings are wonderful, and certainly the right choice for many people, but they can take a year or more (and probably a few headaches) to plan. If you elope, however, there are far fewer moving parts. Choose a location, a dress, an officiant, and a videographer and the rest just kind of falls into place.
dollar dollar bills, y’all
The average wedding cost in the US is nearly $27,000, and that doesn’t include a honeymoon. If you choose to elope, even in the most exotic of locations, you could save yourself some Benjamins and gain some great, lasting memories to boot. Choosing an adventure wedding will also free up your budget for videography and photography, which is sure to be stunning in the unique location you choose.
no FOMO (fear of missing out)
You can have your wedding cake and eat it too. There is nothing stopping you from planning a huge party when you get back from your adventure wedding— Invite your family and friends and have a grand old time celebrating your marriage. If you had a wedding film made, this would be the perfect time to show it.
You deserve an awesome wedding story. The next time someone asks where you got married, you’ll be able to regale them with tales of your adventure—or better yet, show them your wedding film. Of course, we would never recommend doing something just to impress others, but it’s certainly a fringe benefit. The odds are, however, that you’ll end up impressing yourself. You’ll look back fondly at your intrepid spirit and the wonderful memories surrounding your special day.