Deciding to have an elopement is an intimate choice that you make between you and your partner because at the end of the day that is what your special day is about: the partnership between two souls. Just because eloping is the right choice for you that doesn’t mean your friends and family won’t be sad and disappointed that there won’t be a big day. Here are some do’s and don’ts of elopement etiquette that will soften the blow for everyone.
Do: Tell your friends and family first that you decided to elope! You don’t want to have friends and family find out from Facebook or from pictures so meet with friends and family and explain why you made the choice. I’m sure everyone will be more supportive if you let them know before rather than later.
Don’t: Don’t post photos on Instagram or Facebook without letting your friends and family know that you are eloping. Your friends and family will be sad that you didn’t let them know you decided to elope. Do: You can send out save the dates that explain when you will be eloping. This will help your friends and family feel like they are involved in your big day even though they won’t actually be there in person.
Do: You can send out save the dates that explain when you will be eloping. This will help your friends and family feel like they are involved in your big day even though they won’t actually be there in person.
Do: You also have the option to send out a marriage announcement after you have eloped. You can include a picture from your special day, this will also help your friends and family to see the beauty of the new couple and see some elopement photos.
Do: You can also consider having a small intimate party with your family and friends after your elopement. I’m sure everyone will want to celebrate your new marriage and at the celebration you can tell everyone about your private intimate elopement. The small gathering does not in any way have to be fancy, it could be a casual outing or a sit down dinner at a nice restaurant. It’s completely up to you and your partner.
Do: You should definitely send out Thank You notes if any of your family or friends sent you gifts of any kind. Thank you notes really help make your friends and family happy and appreciated. The notes let them know how much you appreciate their gift and their loving support! Handwritten notes are often the most intimate choice.
Don’t: Do not ever feel guilty for eloping. I’m sure some people will have some comments about the decision but at the end of the day eloping is a romantic and intimate way to get married and it’s the decision that you and your partner made together and you should feel good and happy with your decision always!
Do: Splurge on the honeymoon! Since you aren’t having a big fancy wedding with a lot of people you should definitely splurge on a nice honeymoon for you and your partner. You deserve it!
Having an elopement is a beautiful way to start and celebrate your marriage. You will definitely want to Hire a elopement photographer and a New York elopement officiant. The photographer will capture all the special and intimate moments that you will want to show family and friends that weren’t in attendance and the officiant will make everything official! If you are feeling stressed with all the planning you can also have a New York elopement planner help you plan everything for your New York elopement! We hope you found this article helpful when you are planning a elopement in New York.