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  • Rev. Brandon Rich

Elope Instead!

Updated: Aug 29, 2022

If you are newly engaged, you have probably started looking into options for your wedding. You and your parents may have had the default plan for a large traditional wedding and reception long before you even met your fiancé. You may find a startling reality settling in on you. Not only does a large wedding require months of planning, it also costs thousands of dollars. It’s common for a typical wedding to cost upwards of $30,000.00, but it’s not unheard of for some weddings to go over $100,000.00. There is also the difficult matter of family and friend dynamics. If you have a traditional wedding, you may feel certain expectations regarding your guest list. You may end up with over 100, maybe over 200 people invited to a large wedding. Not only does this type of large wedding require months of planning and tens of thousands of dollars from the couple (and their parents), but it also places a burden on the guests. Many of them will have to take off from work, spend money on travel, deal with small children and that’s before they buy you gifts for bridal shower and the wedding. You may find yourself asking a very simple question. “Why?” Why am I spending thousands of dollars and months of my life on a wedding? Why am I asking my friends to spend money on bridesmaids’ dresses and bachelorette parties? Why am I asking my friends and family to spend money on plane tickets and hotels? For some people, the big wedding requires spending thousands of dollars of hard-earned savings. For others, it means thousands of dollars charged on high-interest credit cards. At the end of the day, the only thing that you really have to show for a large wedding are the pictures, video and of course a signed marriage license.

You don’t have to deplete your savings or go into debt to get a signed marriage license and have some nice wedding pictures. Ditch the wedding and elope instead! When you hear the word “elope” you may think running off to the courthouse or going to a tacky wedding chapel in Las Vegas. There are so many options for couples eloping in 2022! You can have a garden ceremony, a mansion ceremony or a reverent ceremony in an elegant chapel. You can have a real minister officiate your ceremony. You can have a highly qualified photographer and videographer capture your ceremony. You can have all these things at a tiny fraction of what the large traditional wedding would cost. Think of the gift you would be giving your family, friends and yourself! You can remove a huge burden from everyone involved, save thousands of dollars, and still have a meaningful wedding ceremony that honors your relationship and even have pictures to share.

What do I tell my friends and family if we decide to elope? You tell them that you and your fiancé have decided that you want to have a simple, private ceremony. You can share pictures of your elopement with those who didn’t attend. You can even send them a nice announcement of when and where you had your elopement and where they can send a gift. Are you ready to convert from wedding to elopement? Do you want to find someone who can show you how to elope? Visit us online at to learn about elopement options in Nashville, TN.

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