Is non-stop wedding planning making you want to tear your hair out? Are you wondering why you need to spend more for flowers than you do on your monthly rent or mortgage? Does a seating chart put you into a tizzy? If so, you are probably tempted to elope.
Eloping used to be done in the middle of the night and without the blessing of your families. Today’s elopements are a much less dramatic affair. But eloping is not for everyone. Just because you can elope, doesn’t mean you should.
Take our self-quiz to help decide if an elopement is for you. Have your fiancé take it too and compare your results. Then decide if you are reserving the reception hall, or two First Class tickets to Las Vegas!
Question 1: Imagine it is one year after your wedding. On your first wedding anniversary, what memories of your wedding do you look forward to the most?
a) the moments with our family and friends
b) our first kiss as man and wife
c) I’m thinking about how we’ll celebrate our 1st anniversary!
Question 2: If you had no limits to your budget or imagination, what wedding dress would you choose?
a) one with a long train and lots of lace
b) something with a modern twist, it might not be sold in a bridal shop
c) as long as it fits and looks great, I’m happy
Question 3: What stresses you out the most about planning your wedding?
a) that everyone I’ve invited will have a good time/be able to attend
b) that everyone does what they’ve promised to do/be on time/deliver items or services
c) that the logistics of the event planning will go off without a hitch
Question 4: Do you have bridesmaids?
a) my best friend from childhood, my best friend from college and my sister/fiancé’s sister
b) I’d like a few close friends to be my bridesmaids
c) Yes, I have several bridesmaids
Question 5: Why do you want to elope?
a) I am so tired of planning this wedding; it is too much pressure/stress. How do brides do it all?
b) who needs to be the center of attention at an event? We have each other, that’s what counts.
c) it sounds so easy. One long weekend and we’re hitched.
Okay brides-to-be, let’s tally your answers!
If you have mostly A’s: You’re All About Family & Friends. Eloping probably is not the best choice for you. You may be temporarily tempted by the thought, after spending a few hours with your latest seating chart. But most likely you want your nearest and dearest by your side on the Big Day.
If you have mostly B’s: You’re a Close Couple. Eloping might be a good choice for you, if it is a choice the two of you entirely agree on. You make choices based on the happiness of the two of you as a couple. If both of you are happiest eloping – then elopement it is!
If you have mostly C’s: You are a No Fuss Bride. Some brides it seems love to fuss with the every detail of the wedding, from the monogrammed cocktail napkins to the dog ring bearer and teaching them a new trick to wow the guests. That’s not your style. Eloping could be a good option for you, if your fiancé agrees with your no fuss style about eloping being the ideal choice for your wedding.