Frequently Asked Questions about Eloping
Planning an elopement takes less planning than a traditional wedding, but there is still some preparation work involved. It is really all about choosing WHERE and WHEN you will elope. We have provided a basic guide which will help you to plan your elopement on our HOW page!
Can I elope with my partner anywhere at any time?
Essentially, it is possible to elope almost anywhere at any time. However, you do need to make sure that elopements are legal in your chosen destination. It should be fine within the USA and most of Europe, but it’s wise to confirm the local marriage laws. There are some situations where additional considerations need to be made, for example, when eloping on a Cruise. It is also important to do some research into the required waiting times for marriage licenses. Not every location allows same day marriages. When browsing our where to elope pages you will find a brief overview of the legal requirements, but these are subject to change so please confirm this information for yourself before booking.
What documentation do I need when eloping?
The only documentation required for an elopement is the paperwork necessary to obtain the marriage license. This may vary depending on location, but usually includes a suitable form of identification (drivers license or passport), proof of age and proof of divorce or a former spouse’s death for those who are remarrying.
How long does it take to plan an elopement?
By their very nature, elopements are quicker and easier to plan than a traditional wedding ceremony. A big wedding can take between 6 months and several years to plan! It does really depend on where you elope to. Some locations allow same day license applications, so you could potentially just turn up and tie the knot. However, other locations do require prior booking and have marriage license waiting times. On average, you may wish to leave around 3 months to get everything arranged although many venues will handle all of the planning – all you need to do is book an elopement package and turn up on the day!
How much does eloping cost?
The cost of an elopement varies depending on where you elope to and what you include in the ceremony. It is possible to elope in Las Vegas for under $100 if you are happy with the cheapest possible option which includes the marriage license and a basic ceremony. However, if you want something a little more upscale, then you can expect to pay $500 for a basic package with a few inclusions to $2,500 for an all-inclusive package with several inclusions. Considering the fact that the most basic traditional wedding comes in at around $10,000 and averages approximately $25,000, then eloping is certainly a far more cost effective option.
Is an elopement less formal than a traditional wedding?
Again, this is down to personal preference. An elopement can be as formal or as casual as you wish. The beauty of elopement is that you have the freedom to do what you choose.
Does an elopement ceremony have a religious element?
Whether or not your elopement has a religious element depends entirely on your own personal preference. You can hire an officiant of any denomination to perform your ceremony.
Why should I elope?
There are many reasons WHY couples choose to elope ranging from the money saving element to being able to avoid being the center of attention. The reasons for eloping are very personal to each couple.
Do I need to tell people I am eloping?
There are those who feel like if they tell everyone their plans, then they are not truly eloping. However, others feel like running off to tie the knot is going to upset their families. It is a good idea to explain to people in advance that you will be eloping, you do not need to tell them exactly when and where. It is inevitable that someone will be hurt, but at the end of the day this is your wedding and they will come to terms with your choice eventually.