Here are some elopement tipsto make your elopement for fun and unique.
1. Run off and don't tell anyone. Upon your return, the best approach is to send a "we got married card" to your family and friends with a photo of you on your wedding day.
2. Plan a post ceremony celebration for close family and friends. Because of budget restrictions, a lot of couple chose to elope. Having an informal post affair will cost you a fraction of the cost of a real wedding. Why not make it a pot luck...more savings!
3. Since it will be just the two of you and perhaps a handful of friends, plan to have your elopement somewhere fun. For example, Knapp's Castle in Santa Barbara county. All that is left are ruins.
4. Hire a photographer! Make sure you capture every moment of your elopement. You know what happened, however, your family and friends will enjoy seeing the photos. Do a slideshow at your post affair.
5. Get creative with your elopement. Do something that you would not otherwise do with 200 guests at your wedding. Research, research and research!
6. Have fun with your vows. Since it will be the two of you only, write some vows that you would not usually recite in front of a large wedding. Your vows can be sweet, naughty or a combination of both. I guarantee you will always remember your vows.
7. Save on the wedding dress and tuxedo. Instead, buy a beautiful dress that you can wear again and again. Your groom can wear something casual as well. The 'staple' look for grooms is a white linen shirt with khaki colored slacks. Very classy!
8. Make sure to include hair and makeup in your budget. Just because you are eloping does not mean that you can't look stunning and coiffed on your wedding day. Remember, you will have a photographer to capture the moments.
9. Splurge on a champagne toast and wedding cake. You are only doing it once and do it right. Nothing more romantic than having toast on the beach with your new spouse.
10. Last but not least, remember tip #5? Whatever you do, do not get married at the courthouse or by a judge...sterile, unromantic and impersonal. That the last thing you want on your wedding day!
In closing, have fun planning your elopement. It can be a spur of the moment event or you can plan months ahead of time. Either way, make it romantic!
For your elopement in Santa Barbara, please don't hesitate to contact me at 805-705-8069. We specialize in Santa Barbara elopements.
Peace and love,
Alma Rose, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant and Santa Barbara Officiant x