Planning a destination wedding with a small guest list can be an incredibly exciting and memorable way to celebrate your love. It allows you to create a unique and intimate experience that reflects your beautiful story. We asked Dawn Thomson and Gypsy West, the founders and creative minds behind The Lovers Elopement Co., to share their best advice on organizing the perfect destination elopement.
Choose a Meaningful Destination
Select a "bucket list" destination that holds significance for both of you. It could be a place you've always dreamed of visiting or a location where you shared a special memory.
Embrace Non-Traditional Venues
Think beyond traditional wedding venues! Consider eloping on a snow capped mountain top, on a secluded beach or hiking to a beautiful natural location. Non-traditional venues enhance the sense of adventure and make for stunning backdrops.
Personalise Your Ceremony
Write your own vows and create a ceremony that reflects your unique relationship. Add rituals, readings, or customs from the destination's culture to make it even more special and meaningful.
Hire a Local Wedding Planner
Consider hiring a local wedding planner who is familiar with your destination and local vendors. They can help navigate language barriers, cultural differences, and ensure everything runs smoothly.
Incorporate Local Experiences
Include local experiences in your celebration. Explore local cuisine, traditions, or activities. Incorporate elements from the destination into your ceremony or reception, making your elopement a blend of your love story and the local culture.
Plan Intimate Experiences
Organise intimate experiences for you and your guests. Whether it’s a private boat tour, a wine tasting, or a guided hike, these activities will create lasting memories of your wedding destination.
Create a Travel Itinerary
Create a fun itinerary for your guests, suggesting local attractions, restaurants, and activities. Provide them with options to explore the destination at their own pace.
Have Fun with Your Attire
Wear attire that suits the destination and your personal style. It could be a flowing dress, a pantsuit, or a chic mini dress…and don’t be afraid to be unconventional!
Legal and Logistical Considerations
Research and complete all necessary legal paperwork for marriage in the destination country. Work with a local planner who understands the legal requirements and can assist you with logistics.
Relax and Celebrate
Remember that this day is about celebrating your love and the unique journey you're embarking on together. Stay present, embrace the moment, and enjoy every second of your adventure!