1) To focus on the experience
Weddings (usually) involve a lot of logistics: hiring all of your vendors, decorations and pinterest galore, doing extensive family formals, talking with all of your guests, and being the center of attention. Which a lot of people enjoy those things!
But we cater to those who prefer a more intimate experience with fewer things to plan and take care of. Instead, intimate elopements + weddings put the focus more on the experience (or so we believe). Usually, it means spending more time with close family & friends, planning fewer & more unique things that the two of you enjoy—and with us…usually a hike! We feel like most couples walk away with a richer experience and more stories to share. Although we’re heavily biased.
2) Avoid extra stress/wedding planning
We’re originally from Kansas—where elopements are very, very rare. Some brides would get overwhelmed with the stress of planning, the cost of everything—or family issues. A lot of them wanted to elope and do something more simplistic—but were often too financially committed to change plans.
We truly believe that big weddings are great—if that’s the kind of wedding you want. This is supposed to be about you two and what you want. So if wedding planning or family issues are already stressful—then there’s a good chance eloping could be a better experience.
Wedding planning can be a lot of fun. Picking out all of the details and spending hours on Pinterest. We just personally prefer planning hikes and epic trips around the US/World as a couple, and so that’s how we work as a business, too. We’d rather spend $150 on a ski lift in Switzerland to go dog sledding than on table decor.
We travel a lot with our van, so our whole livelihood has been about choosing experience over material belongings. Which led us more towards intimate ceremonies.
3) Have more freedom
Your friends & family will most likely not wake up at 4am to drive up to Glacier Point in Yosemite for your sunrise ceremony. Or fly off to Nicaragua to hike up a volcano. Your ceremony can take place literally anywhere in the world. Be adventurous! Choose a ceremony place worth telling for years to come.
Freedom of choice also makes ceremonies more personal. You’re not catering to 75-300 people and what makes them happy or comfortable. Just a small group of family & friends, or even just the two of you. We’ve seen time & time again that couples’ personalities come out a lot more for intimate ceremonies where they can plan/do things that wouldn’t be feasible or comfortable for a bigger guest list.
You also have the freedom to choose somewhere more sentimental. We had our fist kiss in Glacier National Park, so it’s a very special place to us. Intimate ceremonies allow you the freedom of visiting somewhere sentimental, or just traveling to your favorite vacation getaway.
4) Save money, or at least spend it the way you want
We put all of our money into our van and drove out West to start our business. We treasure experience over everything. The investment we made in traveling has been worth it tenfold. The same applies to intimate elopements + weddings. You can save a considerable amount of money, even elope halfway around the world—all within or well under a typical wedding budget. National Park Permits are $150 (for the most part), and that’s far cheaper than a lot of venues. We think it’s important to spend your budget on what you really want—and sometimes that means having awesome decor. It’s totally up to you!
5) You can still celebrate with friends & family
A lot of our clients still host receptions in their home city and invite everyone they care about. Some of our clients from Australia took a month long US road trip, eloped in Yosemite, and threw a surprise elopement celebration party weeks after—with our photos to share on the projector when they walked out in their bridal + groomal attire.
Eloping/getting married in epic places doesn’t mean that you have to leave anyone out. Often times it’s easier to know that you already eloped somewhere beautiful—had the whole day to yourselves to celebrate—and then have a whole evening to celebrate together with friends & family.