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!


  • Hastings House Garden Weddings
  • Hastings House Garden Weddings
  • Hastings House Garden Weddings

The coastal town of Half Moon Bay, CA is a magical place to elope and Hastings House wants to help make your elopement dreams come true with their Garden Elopement Packages starting at $1,200. This is for up to 10 people and a photographer + musician may be included. Learn more here...

Featured Virtual Wedding App


Lovecast is a simple (free!) app for an immersive virtual wedding experience. It lets you invite unlimited guests worldwide via a private link! Livestream your wedding day with the highest quality video, plus a personalized event page to share your registry and collect virtual guest books. Its easy-to-use mobile app broadcasts your wedding with a one-click link for guests to watch and participate. Perfect for destination weddings, elopements, and celebrations of any size!

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