Intimate Wedding Vs. Elopement : Selecting Your Dream Wedding Ceremony

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May 5, 2020


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Intimate wedding and elopements are quite different, yet the idea of a small gathering or quieter ceremony is an attractive option for many couples. Right now the Covid-19 pandemic is causing a shift in how newly engaged couples are choosing to celebrate their nuptials.

As a couple, you can decide what option best suits you and your fiancé based on current events and your dream ceremony.

Intimate Wedding:

Within the scope of an intimate wedding, your guest list is around 50 of your closet friends and family. A smaller ceremony is a wonderful way to connect with your guests, and you can abide within the pandemic guidelines. If you prefer a quieter gathering at a smaller venue, then an intimate wedding is just the ceremony for you!

Vendors who specialize in intimate weddings are able to create unique designs, tablescapes, and options for you as a couple to enhance the size of your wedding party and guest list. The other benefit to having an intimate wedding is you will not have to postpone the reception or after-party as you might with an elopement.

On the other side, an intimate wedding may not be for you should you want a much quieter affair. Smaller weddings and ceremonies are beautiful in their own way, but an elopement allows for a unique experience for you as a couple. Often an intimate wedding, no matter how small, still greatly caters to the guests and wedding party in style and taste.


An elopement marriage is an incredibly unique experience for engaged couples, if you want to have the entire ceremony just between the two of you. You can always add a couple of your closest loved ones to witness your vows, but if you truly want to escape the pressure and seek adventures then an elopement is perfect for you.

You can work within just about any budget to create a beautiful elopement ceremony within a variety of locations and venues. Some couples may prefer the freedom of a mountain top or a lake side wedding, or you may want to consider eloping at a small venue or AirBnB. The options within an elopement package are vast, which makes it an ideal option as the world slowly comes out of a strict lockdown. If you have had to postpone or cancel your wedding date, then considering an elopement to a beautiful location can still give you your dream come true.

One aspect to consider with an elopement is how you’d like to celebrate your love story with your family and friends. Often newlyweds choose to elope and then plan a party or reception down the line. You may want to reconsider eloping if you are not wanting to content with multiple dates and events. You will still need to plan the details of your reception or after-party should you elope.

Intimate weddings and elopements are both wonderful ways to celebrate your marriage ceremony. We are offer several intimate wedding and elopement collections for our couples. You can download our wedding and elopement guide here.

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