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How To Nail Down Your Elopement Vibe

You’ve seen them. They’re WeDdInG PiNtErEsT BoArDs. They’re the carefully crafted, meticulously designed, and oh-so-trendy mood boards full of matching looks, colors, decorations, themes, feels, emotions, and vibes. Does it seem like everyone else knows exactly what they want out of their elopement or wedding? Yes. Do they actually? No. They’re just winging it, too. 

The truth is, most of us gravitate towards a variety of trends and styles that totally contrast and clash, making it really, really hard to design something like your elopement day. Do you want to go with a minimalist feel? Or something more bohemian chic? Is “Fast Food Grunge” considered a vibe? Probably. But how do you incorporate that into your big day? 

Well, we have some ideas. 

We’ve put together some easy ways to help nail down you and your partner’s ~*elopement vibe*~ so you can make it the most perfectly YOU DAY as possible. 

Here’s where you can start: 

When it comes to design & decorations, consider your home decór: Take a look around your house. This is a great place to start to tap into your style intuition. If you’ve gravitated towards natural looking pieces, (things made out of wood, cork, hemp, rope, whicker, yada-yada), you will likely want to infuse organic and nature-made elements into your elopement, too. If your home is everything chrome, shiny, reflective, or sparkly, rock-and-roll or GLAM might be your go-to buzzwords. 

Likewise, if you find during this exercise that you hate everything you own, take that as a cue to go the opposite direction in your elopement (and stack your registry with the house items you actually want!). Surrounding yourself with visual elements that feel yummy and natural to you will help make your elopement day extra personal. 

When it comes to where to splurge and where to save, picture your perfect day: If you had no time or financial constraints, what would your perfect day include? We’ll wait…

Now, identify the main elements. Did it involve live music? Delicious food? Quiet time alone with your loved one? Your dog? Travel? These are big red arrows pointing you towards the important things! 

Pick one or two of the big ones and make sure you bring those elements into your elopement. If your perfect day involved a nap and pizza, you might want to focus on picking a venue near great eats and cozy lodging. If you saw yourself at a live concert, maybe it’s worth looking into a great band or music venue to say ‘I Do.’ 

When it comes to picking your outfit, visualize your icons and idols: If you can’t immediately figure out what is important to you when it comes to your elopement outfit, don’t stress and look at it this way – This is the day you get to be the best version of yourself. So, what does the best you possible look like?Bring your favorite idols or icons to the front of your brain and ask yourself what they’re wearing. Are they put together, prim and proper? Maybe they don’t care at all about their appearance and that’s what makes them so cool. Maybe it’s strictly three-piece-suits and pencil skirts all day, every day. Whatever their style, take some direction from them and dress the part. You can walk into a clothing store and say “Listen, I’m eloping and I want to look like Mad Men Season 4 Don Draper,” or, “Uma Thurman circa Pulp Fiction.” 

Fun Tip: It’s totally ok if you and your partner don’t coordinate! If one of you shows up in a Marvel superhero costume and the other shows up in a bathrobe, guess what? That’s your forever person, right there. Congratulations. 

When in doubt, you always do have Pinterest. Spend an afternoon searching “Elopement Vibes” and pin the ones that speak to you. Then, call us and we’ll make sure we capture every carefully thought-out detail. hello@elopestudios.com 

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Why You Might Want A Maid Of Honor Or Best Man At Your Elopement

We know what you’re thinking - the idea of running away to New York City with your partner to elope in an intimate ceremony, just the two of you, sounds kind of awesome as f*ck. And honestly? We get it. It is. There are a hundred-and-one benefits to eloping, and at the top of that list is seriously trimming the fat on who has to be there and playing to other people’s expectations rather than your own heart’s desires. All of that said, now I’m going to say the big H word…


If you’re on the fence about inviting a Maid of Honor or Best Man to your elopement day, let us play a little devil’s advocate. There are a lot of really great things about having your besties along for the day, and if you’re already unsure about cutting them out, it probably means you have a few good reasons as to why you think they should be there in the first place.


The truth is, every bride and groom deserves a wingman. Even the best planners in the world will hit snags or bumps on their elopement day, and it’s nice to have someone there to say “HEY! HELP!” If you haven’t thought it all the way through yet, here are just a few things we’ve seen MOH’s and Best Man’s take care of: 

  • Keeping track of your wallet / passport / cell phone / plane tickets / cash / ID / [insert whatever you lose often and need most]
  • Holding your chapstick or lipstick so you don’t have to carry a purse or keep it in your suit pocket
  • Fielding phone calls from prying relatives
  • Making sure your bangs don’t do that thing they always do, they know the one you’re talking about 
  • Ensuring sure you don’t sleep through your alarm on the big day
  • Coordinating transportation to and from your venue to the after-party or hotel 
  • Acting as a professional mascara check-er 
  • Calming you the hell down when you have pre-ceremony jitters
  • Acting as your vow-writing editor to make sure you don’t sound like an idiot 
  • Walking you down the aisle (if that’s something important to you!) 
  • Acting as ring bearer/flower girl 
  • Getting the right angle on your “selfies” 
  • Making you feel like the most gorgeous human ever on the one day when, yeah, ok, it’s nice to hear it.

Plus, you’ll have people there who know and love you to give you a big well-deserved toast! Everyone deserves a toast on their wedding day! 

Having a few of your ride-or-dies on hand to celebrate your I Do’s kicks up the special factor just a few degrees, plus, there’s truly no rule that says you can’t ditch them later when you’re ready for some alone time with your new spouse. 

Hey, they’ll understand. After all, they’re your best friends. 

Have your Best Man or Maid Of Honor give us a shout at hello@elopestudios.com and we can do this thing together. The more the merrier (unless you hate that, in which case, so do we.) 

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5 Elopement Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid!

Sure, elopements are objectively easier to plan than a massive wedding (it’s one of our favorite parts about them!), but they aren’t fool-proof. While each and every elopement is special, there are a few ways couples can, um, how do we say… make some mistakes. Don’t do that. Let’s make this the best day of your life. 

While there are always going to be some things that are out of your control, there’s a lot in your control that will make a big difference in UEP. (Ultimate Elopement Payoff. Obviously.) 

Here are 5 elopement mistakes you might be making and how to avoid them. 

1. You’re not thinking big enough. 

No, we don’t mean more people, more money, more stuff. What we mean is…

If you think eloping means walking to your local courthouse and taking a selfie with your marriage certificate, you’re not thinking big enough. Why not elope on top of Rockefeller Center? Or underneath the awning of NYC’s best Chinese restaurant? Or in the middle of Times Square a.k.a. the middle of the universe? 

There are a lot of epic ways to pack a punch and keep the stress free benefits of planning an elopement! It’s kind of our thing, actually. 

2. You’re trying to make it a wedding. 

Psst, if you want a wedding, you should plan a wedding. If you want to scoot off with your partner for the most romantic and intimate time of your life in one of the planet’s top destination locales, then let’s do that! 

If you find yourself stressing over who should be there, what the ceremony should consist of, and color coordinating literally anything with napkins, stop what you’re doing. That is not what elopements are about. Elopements are about you + your partner + I Do’s. That’s it. 

3. You’re skipping a professional photographer. 

*GASP* The ultimate elopement sin. Please listen to us very carefully: foregoing planning a huge wedding for a sweet elopement does not make the day any less important. This is and will remain one of the biggest days of your life and you will want to remember it. 

50 years from now when you look back on your nuptials, you’ll want to remember how beautiful and special the day was, and a selfie on a smartphone camera with poor lighting is not ideal for capturing magic. Trust. 

Plus, because many people will not be attendance, you’re going to want to show them how it all went down! 

4. You’re rushing through the journey.

It’s totally OK if you want to keep this short and sweet, but don’t let the special moments pass you by! Take the time to invest in the decisions you have to make, like picking your officiant, picking your location, and writing your vows. 

If you’re going to marry the love of your life, you might as well do it right, ya know what we mean? You don’t want to look back and regret one thing, and you might regret jotting down your vows on a napkin from the local bodega 10 mins before go-time. Just sayin’.

5. You’re hiding it from the world. 

If you are getting married and it’s a big, big secret, I have a little truth bomb to drop on you: you probably shouldn’t be getting married if you can’t tell anyone about it. 

Sometimes, people think the whole “run away and get hitched” thing is romantic and exciting, but the rest of your life will be there waiting for you when you get back. If there are people who need to know about this decision, do yourself a favor and tell them. It will help you enjoy the ride without the guilt and help you start your married life liberated and free. 

Truthfully, there's only so many ways this can go, and all of them lead to happily-ever-after. Try not to sweat the small stuff and reach out to us at hello@elopestudios.com to see how we can help make this as simple as saying "I Do."