17 Elopement Ideas + Intimate Wedding Inspiration

Untold numbers of couples have thrown their hands up in the midst of wedding planning and uttered these 4 words:

“Eff it: Let’s elope!”

If the pomp and circumstance of “traditional” wedding planning makes you want to pull your hair out, an intimate elopement is probably right up your alley. Elopements can be incredibly personal and oh so romantic—not to mention they can save you tons of time, money and your sanity.

But trust us—Vegas is NOT your only option! Whether it’s City Hall or San Tropez, we’ve put together a list of 17 ideas to help you craft an unforgettable wedding for two—or even twenty!



1. Get gorgeous photos at City Hall.

Photo Credit: Sasha Photography

17 Elopement Ideas: City Hall Wedding Photo


2. Or choose a secluded forest…

Venue: Grounds for Sculpture | Photo Credit: mkPhotography

17 Elopement Ideas: Intimate Forest Elopement


3. Or a private beach...

Photo Credit: Willa Kveta Photography

17 Elopement Ideas: Private Beach Wedding


4. Or heck, fly to Paris!

Photo Credit: Perfect Circle Photography with Curtis Myers

17 Elopement Ideas: Paris Wedding


17 Elopement Ideas: Gorgeous Floral Headpiece


6. Wear your favorite color dress.

Elopement Package: Run Away With Me

17 Elopement Ideas: Wear a different color wedding dress


7. Go as formal or as casual as you’d like!

Bouquet + Boutonniere: Home Sweet Flowers

17 Elopement Ideas: Go formal or casual


8. Use a few simple yet striking décor items.

Elopement Package: Run Away With Me

17 Elopement Ideas: Simple ceremony decor


9. Hire a musician for a private serenade.

Elopement Package: Tan Weddings & Events | Photo Credit: XSiGHT Photography

17 Elopement Ideas: A private serenade


17 Elopement Ideas: Split a wedding pie


11. Or wedding cupcakes!

Photo Credit: Perfect Circle Photography with Curtis Myers

17 Elopement Ideas: Get wedding cupcakes instead of a giant cake


12. Indulge in a good bottle of champagne.

Photo Credit: Kevin Chin Photography

17 Elopement Ideas: Get a good bottle of champs


13. And don’t skimp on the food!

Wedding Food: Pure Joy Catering

17 Elopement Ideas: Don't skimp on dinner


14. Even if it’s just the two of you in your honeymoon suite.

Elopement Package: Tan Weddings & Events | Photo Credit: XSiGHT Photography

17 Elopement Ideas: Get a honeymoon suite


15. Do a photo announcement with a handwritten sign.

Elopement Package: SoCal Wedding Consultant

17 Elopement Ideas: Handwritten Elope Sign


17 Elopement Ideas: Just Married Announcement


17. When the deed is done, have a fun, casual post-nuptial party to celebrate with loved ones.

Beverage Catering: The Bartender Company |  Photo Credit: Emily Takes Photos

17 Elopement Ideas: Post-Nuptial Party


Are you inspired to run away and get hitched? Check out these nifty All-Inclusive Wedding and Elopement Packages for a totally turnkey (and stress-free!) wedding.



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