You can be more spontaneous: The fewer people involved in your marriage ceremony, the less adhering to a strict timeline really matters. We can watch the weather, and decide to wait 1/2 an hour for more favourable conditions, or you can make an impromptu decision to take portraits in our canoe on the pond, after walking around the property. You can bump your dinner reservation back and get to make more in-the-moment decisions about what would make your elopement ceremony feel the most special.
The pressure to perform is off: We think a lot of people dread the idea of people watching them. If you are already not attracted to that, why would you want to spend tens of thousands of dollars on that? With an elopement, the only eyes on you in what can be an extremely vulnerable moment will be those of your beloved. Without external pressure to behave a certain way, you’ll be free to act in and experience the ceremony as your true self.
Having a good quality photographer and, if you can afford it, a videographer is really important. Especially because, if no guests will be attending your wedding, the inclination to share it after the fact may be stronger than usual. And, without errant cell phone photos and video from attendees to fall back on, your vendor’s work will be your only souvenirs from the day—so you’ll want to be doubly sure they’re trustworthy and talented.
You'll have more freedom: People who elope today are mature and confident. They might already live together and have started to build a life together. They’re not going to be guilted into doing something just because everyone is expecting them to. This means: If you’d rather save for a down payment on a home, pay off credit card debt, or use the cash it requires to pull off a reception on something else entirely, do it. And, because you are not spending a large amount of money on your reception, your ceremony can take place where you want. And because fewer people will be involved in your day, you’ll have fewer expectations to feel the need to live up to. That means you can bend and shape traditions entirely as you see fit without worrying what anyone else will think of them.