Wedding planning is extremely stressful, so much so that Brides.com reported a whopping 86% of couples said pre-planning stress caused them to experience physical symptoms like breakouts, reduced sex drive, headaches, changes in appetite and even hair loss.
Big weddings are not for everyone. Eloping may be a term that we only hear in movies, but essentially it is when you have a small, intimate wedding ceremony with minimal guests. There are many benefits for couples who choose to elope.
Here are 10 reasons why you should consider it.
1. Intimacy and Privacy
Eloping allows you to exchange vows in a more intimate and private setting. There are no spectators, and you can focus solely on each other and the commitment you’re making.
2. Reduced Stress
Planning a big wedding can be stressful, with various decisions, guest lists, and expectations to manage. Eloping simplifies the process, reducing stress and anxiety associated with wedding planning.
Weddings can be expensive, with costs associated with venues, catering, decorations, and more. Eloping typically involves fewer expenses, making it a more budget-friendly option.
You have the flexibility to choose when and where you want to elope. Whether it’s on a mountaintop ceremony, a beach wedding, or a home affairs event, you have more control over your wedding.
5. Shorter Timeline
Traditional weddings often require months or even years of planning. Eloping allows you to get married relatively quickly, which can be appealing if you’re eager to start your life together without all the fuss.
6. Focus on the Relationship
Eloping shifts the focus of the wedding from external factors (like family expectations) to your relationship. It’s a chance to emphasize your love and commitment, and what is sentimental to you and your partner, rather than the production of a big wedding.
7. Reduced Guest List Pressure
Large weddings often come with the pressure to invite distant relatives or acquaintances. Eloping allows you to invite only those closest to you, eliminating awkward guest list decisions, all the various dietary restrictions and preferences, and everything that comes with a large guest list.
Eloping allows you to personalize your ceremony and your vows on a larger scale. You can create a ceremony that truly reflects your values and preferences.
9. Destination Wedding
Eloping can also be an opportunity to combine your wedding with a destination vacation or honeymoon. You can choose a location that holds personal significance or offers an exciting adventure.
10. Less Formality
Eloping often involves less formal attire and fewer traditional wedding customs, giving you the freedom to simply be yourselves and introduce any of your own wedding preferences.
Here’s where you can go to elope
The Plettenberg Hotel introduces the ultimate ‘wedding celebration for two’, also known as a ‘Secret Escape’. It is essentially an elopement package that is tailored for couples seeking an intimate celebration without the stress and demands of a traditional, big wedding.
The Plettenberg Hotel is part of The Liz McGrath Collection, the 5-star Small Luxury Hotels of the World offering a unique wedding experience imbued with luxury and sophistication, all set against the backdrop of Plettenberg Bay’s breathtaking views.
The Secret Escape elopement package comprises of two nights in the luxury of a Premier Suite with a bottle of wine upon arrival; and a full English breakfast daily, served on the terrace or in the restaurant overlooking the bay. A private wedding ceremony is included with thoughtful touches like an elegantly designed bouquet and boutonnière; a scrumptious small wedding cake; a bottle of Villiera Cap Classique to seal the deal; and the services of a skilled photographer to capture up to 36 treasured moments.
Back at The Plettenberg, the ultimate in seaside luxury awaits. Newlyweds can unwind at the Fresh Wellness Spa, soak up the sun at a choice of two swimming pools or take a picnic to the Lookout Beach. As the sun sets, sip on cocktails at The SandBar and savour seafood delights at the Restaurant at The Plettenberg, before the happy couple returns to their beautiful room where they may be surprised by a special romantic turndown service to celebrate their honeymoon.
It’s important to note that eloping may not be suitable for everyone, and it’s essential to consider the feelings and expectations of family and close friends. Communication and sensitivity to loved ones’ reactions are crucial when deciding to elope. If you’re not the type to elope, you can stand a chance to WIN A WEDDING valued at over R464 600
Ultimately, the decision should be based on what feels right for you and your partner and aligns with your values and priorities for your wedding day.
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