Updated: Mar 21, 2022
When it comes to planning the big day, many couples choose elopement over traditional weddings and their reasons might surprise you.
Photos by Dylan Fox
1. Financial Freedom
While some couples are fortunate enough to have loved ones cover some of the costs of a larger wedding, others must cover the costs themselves. As a newly-engaged couple in our mid-20's I knew my then-fiancé and I couldn't afford a larger wedding. No matter how we tried to cut costs, our guest list continued to grow. It just wasn't going to be possible to have our wedding AND honeymoon if we did it the traditional way; and we REALLY wanted our honeymoon.
The reality is that while traditional weddings are beautiful, they can be EXPENSIVE. First, you need to find a venue that has availability on your desired wedding date. Next, there's planning the bride and groom parties, guest list, decor, rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, the reception, a DJ, flowers, seating, etc. Now, throw in the worry of whether or not all of your wedding vendors will be available for your special day and you've got a whole new logistical nightmare to worry about. Whew, I'm exhausted just thinking about planning a traditional wedding and if you've made it to this blog, you may be in the same boat.
More often than not, brides and grooms tell stories recounting how they didn't even get a moment to sit and enjoy a slice of their own wedding cake! The horror...
When you choose The Hasty Bride LLC to plan your elopement, we promise you can still enjoy the big beautiful dress, florals, cake, and a romantic honeymoon with your partner. That's because your funds will be freed up for the important things on your special day. Instead of feeding 100+, why not share an intimate, romantic dinner for two at a gourmet restaurant in all your stunning attire? Rather than spend hundreds on a DJ to keep the party alive all night long, why not share your first dance under the stars with a violinist serenading your favorite songs? Instead of beginning your marriage in debt, why not begin your new life together the way YOU want to? If you want to marry on a clifftop, do it. If you want to sail out to sea to exchange private vows, why can't you? Hasty Bride packages make all of the above possible.
We also guarantee there will be ample time for cake. ;)
2. All-Inclusive Venues
So many couples were forced to postpone their big wedding plans after COVID hit. Large gatherings were banned in many parts of the States making intimate ceremonies more appealing to the masses. That, coupled with the fact that many venues began booking traditional weddings as far as 1-3 years out, elopements soared across the Country.
The Hasty Bride LLC has carefully selected some of the area's finest venues for elopement ceremonies. We offer discounted rates which have been pre-negotiated for our clients' benefit. We also work exclusively with several romantic AirBnB's in Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, and Martinsburg, WV that allow us to marry you on site, which helps reduce overall costs to our couples. AirBnB elopements are booming with popularity and it's easy to see why. A perfect, personalized ceremony and romantic honeymoon in one location? Sign us up!
If couples have a vision for their elopement, our Elopement Planner and photographers will bring it to life.
3. Marry Sooner
I don't know about you but after Charlie proposed, all we could talk about was how ready we were to exchange our vows, change my last name, and finally call each other "my husband" or "my wife" when chatting with co-workers at the water-cooler. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life as Mrs. Daube so why wait a year or more to make it official? Once we discovered elopement and the modern meaning of the term, we married a few short months later.
Playing the waiting game is never a fun endeavor. Your wedding day should be about your love, not pleasing your mother's uncle's step-father. Elope when and where you want and we'll do everything in our power to get you there!
The Hasty Bride LLC is currently booking Spring, Summer, & Fall 2022 elopements, micro-weddings, and vow renewal ceremonies. Need to plan your intimate wedding in a month? We are eager and willing to help you tie the knot. Book your free consultation today and we'll reach out straight away.
We can't wait to marry you!