Logic would dictate that because attending a wedding is such a joyous occasion, starring in one should be blissful too. But I’m here to remind you that you have other options for tying the knot, and more than a few reasons for skipping the lavish formal wedding.
Here are some of the reasons I would certainly elope.
You’ll save enough money to buy a house
With the average wedding costing around $30k, you stand to spend a fortune on that special day. Use that money to buy a house instead, and enjoy it for years to come.
Your friends will appreciate it
Sure, your great grandma might be a bit disappointed that she didn’t see your nuptials first-hand, but most of your loved ones will actually appreciate you sparing them the fuss of participating in the big day.
The day will be more special
If you opt for a pared down elopement, you can spend your wedding day focused on your future spouse. Imagine how much more memorable and intimate the day will be if you can save the time you would have otherwise spent covering wedding-day responsibilities.
You’ll spare yourself some disheartening disappointment
Not only will you encounter unexpected roadblocks on the way to your wedding day, you’ll likely barely remember that day when it’s all said and done. From the rushing, to the schmoozing, to the toasts, it will all be over before you know it and you’ll be busy all the while. The day after your wedding will seem like the day after Christmas — all the money and effort will have been for a few fleeting moments of joy.
You’ll already be on your honeymoon
If you choose to elope in a beautiful locale, you can start your honeymoon as soon as you say “I do.” No boarding a plane, navigating the drive to a hotel, or unpacking our bags — you can start enjoying your new spouse immediately.
You’ll get gifts anyway
Instead of holding a wedding, elope and send out an announcement of your new marriage when you return. Chances are, your friends and family will send you congratulatory gifts, despite not attending your nuptials, to celebrate your union.
The wait will be shorter
In a hurry to tie the knot? Skip the wait that comes with planning a wedding by eloping. If you’re not choosy about a venue, or an officiant, you could be married within the month.
You’ll avoid family drama
Nothing brings out the ugliness in a family like a wedding. From your alcoholic aunt, to your sisters who are constantly feuding, the familial politics that seem manageable on a day-to-day basis will be magnified on your wedding day. So skip the drama and don’t invite them.
Any reasons you plan to elope? Tell me in the comments or tweet me!