Eloping is an evocative
word, conjuring up images of young lovers running away to get married
against the wishes of their families. These days many couples still elope
(i.e. get married without telling anyone*), and more often than not they
decide to get married abroad.
So, how is an elopement any different from a "regular" wedding abroad?
Firstly, it may be planned in more of a hurry - the couple decide to "run" and marry on their terms. Secondly, there are probably no guests
invited, just the couple, the officiant, and perhaps a photographer as a
If you'd like to elope just make sure you choose a country where the
paperwork doesn't take much time. That way you can elope and enjoy it
without it turning into a regular wedding! All the wedding providers on our
country pages are happy to provide an elopement package, and take a look
below to see some great eloping destinations.
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As elopements are generally not planned too far
in advance, the main issue tends to end up being arranging the legal
paperwork in time.
Many countries require the legal documents to be sent through to them a
certain number of months before the ceremony in order to process the
marriage licence, so that can rule out a "quickie" wedding.
Countries which make good eloping destinations, with simple paperwork
Things to Remember
If you're thinking of eloping bear the
following in mind before you book a flight:
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- Make sure you have all the required paperwork before you leave.
- Make sure you aren’t going to regret not inviting your friends and family.
- Arrange your officiant/celebrant/wedding planner before you go - you want
to make sure you get married legally!
- Don't forget a camera!