by Brandi Savitt – June 3, 2010
Run Off to Your Dream Wedding
Look, I get it. You only get married once (or twice…), so of course you want your day to be romantic, fun and memorable! But having hundreds of people around and spending your entire nest egg on an elaborate reception is not everyone’s cup of tea. So, if you’re dreaming of an intimate ceremony with just your honey or a few close friends and family members, but are afraid it won’t be special unless you spend an absolute fortune – think again! We’ve pulled together a slew of Fab & Fru ELOPING resources and ideas, to help you plan small for your BIG day!
Turn Your Wedding Into Your Honeymoon!
You may be thinking of going to City Hall, but we’re going to ask you to step it up a Fab & Fru notch or two… It is your wedding day after all!
Make your wedding a day to remember by picking a location for your ceremony that will also double for your honeymoon. From Maine to Maui to Mexico, there are ton of B&B’s, hotels, inns and resorts around the world that cater to spontaneous lovers by offering a wide array of elopement packages and deals!
Budget & Time
An elopement can cost as little as couple of hundred bucks, but the average costs $2,000-$5,000 and can take as little as one day to three months to plan. Before you decide when and where to go, you must determine your budget and how much time you have to take a trip. Remember to include airfare, car rental, food and extra accommodations, special wardrobe, marriage license costs, pictures etc…
If you’re hoping to elope tonight, make sure you’re in a place that can accommodate you with a same day marriage certificate! Many states require you take a blood test, and there are 20 states that make you WAIT one to 6 days after you’ve filed for your license before you can actually get hitched. Also, once approved, you have a limited time before you MUST seal the deal. Check out the resources below to learn about the laws in your State of Matrimony!
*If you’re planning to legally marry outside of the US, you must fulfill all of that specific country’s rules and marriage laws to make it legal there and have the US recognize it. Make sure to do your homework BEFORE making any travel plans!
Best Online Elopement Resources
- Check out these Fabulous sites before you do anything!
- Let’s Run Away- my personal favorite!
- Elopement Packages
- Elope New York
- Travel Muse: Best Places to Elope 2010
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