It seems like there aren’t any standard definitions for the terms “intimate wedding” and “elopement”, so for the purposes of this post, this is my basic interpretation:
intimate wedding– a marriage ceremony in which 30 people or less are present.
elopement– a marriage ceremony in which only you, your fiance, the officiant, and photographer are present.
Now let’s get on to some of the benefits of having an intimate wedding or elopement:
With less people and less to plan out, there’s also less to worry about. You can focus on getting married instead of thinking about all the logistics. You’ll be able to keep things as casual (or formal) as you want. If something doesn’t go as planned, there’s more flexibility to work around it.
More time with family and friends
At big weddings, it’s often customary for the bride and groom to around to each table of guests. And most likely it’s going to be small talk because that’s all there’s time for. Multiply that by the number of tables you have to visit and chances are you’ll be super drained and just want to have a drink 😉
Weddings can be insanely expensive, but they don’t have to be. With an intimate wedding or elopement you’ll significantly increase your chances of being able to spend money on what you actually want instead of fluff. Whether you want to spend more on your dress or flowers, or not at all, it’s up to you. Your wedding is a one-day affair but your future together isn’t.
Last but certainly not least, you’ll most likely be in a great mood to get your pictures taken!
It’s so important to feel upbeat when getting your portraits taken to get the best result. With less to deal with as a whole, you’ll have the energy and excitement to do just that instead of wondering when you can just let go and relax! After all, your photos will be one of the most important keepsakes you have to take away from your wedding day.
Planning/Design: Claire Duran Weddings & Events
Bouquet: Succulents and Saffron
Makeup: Makeup by Kevan
Hair: Vintage Veils
Envelope Calligraphy: Four Hats Press
Model: Casey Wrona