Looking for the ultimate romantic and intimate wedding? An elopement might just be up your alley. But just because you don’t have a head count doesn’t mean it can’t be tricky to arrange! Planning is key to an elopement but where do you even start? Here are tricks of the trade to get your planning hat on!

First and foremost you need to pick a location that is nearest and dearest to you as a couple. Where he proposed, where you fell in love or where you met are good places to start. Want to plan a honeymoon elopement? Pick a tropical destination you’ve always wanted to go to together.

Finding local vendors is always preferred as they know the local flare. You won’t need that many vendors with an elopement, but it’s always important to book your favorites early as they book up quickly!

A destination elopement will make your venue selection much easier as you don’t need to bat an eye at logistics like guest capacity or venue curfew. When booking your hotel, try to snag a deal by combining your ceremony with your hotel stay. See if they have any wedding packages to get a discount. Dreaming of a wedding/honeymoon combo, ask the hotel about package discounts.

This is your wedding day so don’t shy away from the details just because you are eloping! Get that dreamy bridal bouquet on your wedding Pinterest board, the wedding dress of your dreams, wear a piece of your mothers wedding dress with you and arrange a romantic dinner for two. These are the details you will remember from your wedding day.

You will want to capture the moments every girl dreams of. From the getting ready shots, to the ceremony, formal shots, cake cutting and send off. You will want to capture these moments to make your friends and family feel the emotion of the day like they were right along with you, because they are.