Beach Elopement Tips

September 4, 2020
Words by Florida Panhandle
Photos courtesy of Florida Panhandle

Even though elopements are typically more casual, planning an elopement still requires some forethought. Being on the same page as your partner before you dive into the details is important and can ensure your plans run as smoothly as possible. Here are some things to consider before you elope courtesy of the Florida Panhandle office of tourism!

  1. Plan your announcement: Make sure you don’t leave anyone out when it comes to revealing the big news! Consider sending out announcement cards letting your close friends and family know, or for a more casual option, make some phone calls.
  2. Get your legal to-dos in order: Do your research and be aware of the process and legalities of getting eloped. Make sure you know when to register, bring your ID cards and obtain a marriage license beforehand. 
  3. Stick to a timeline: Sticking to a schedule will minimize any stress and help everything go smoothly. Since this is an elopement it doesn’t have to be a strict plan, but consider where to spend your time on each activity.
  4. Decide on a budget: Planning a budget allows you to prioritize what is most important to you for your elopement. Elopements can be a lot cheaper than regular weddings, but you still need to consider payments such as wedding attire, transportation officiant cost, and possible reception costs such as decor, food, photographers, and more.

Just because your large wedding ceremony plans have changed doesn’t mean your elopement can’t be special, too. In fact, having just your closest friends and family with you on your big day can be even more memorable. Check more beach elopement ideas from Florida Panhandle for some inspiration!

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