Until fairly recently, elopements were seen as a way to run away without telling your nearest and dearest. Think Rachel and Ross’s (Friends) and Penny and Leonard’s (The Big Bang Theory) Vegas elopements. That definition has changed drastically over the last year, as did the popularity of elopements. This can be verified by the influx of images of micro weddings and elopements on your Instagram feed. But do you know what the difference is between the two? And can an elopement work for you? Well, there is only one way to find out!

What is an elopement? 

Elopement’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent months due to the pandemic, but we think it might be here to stay. Why, you may ask? Well, it’s probably the most intimate way to get married, typically involving just the couple, an officiant, a photographer, and sometimes a few close family members and friends, but no more than 10 people. The focus is entirely on you as a couple which translates to a more intentional ceremony and less drama!

 

On the other hand, micro weddings are an alternative to a traditional, large wedding, accommodating 10 - 50 guests. These weddings are usually bigger than an elopement but more intimate than a large wedding. They can be held at conventional wedding venues or, depending on size, at a private residence.


Here’s how you effortlessly plan an elopement in Lake Tahoe. 

1. Love is in the details

Even though your guest list doesn’t exceed ten people, you still have a bit of planning to do. If you plan to elope at your local courthouse, you still need to obtain the required paperwork within your state to register for a marriage license. You might want to plan your outfits, add some floral features, and hire a photographer to capture everything.

 

If you opt for something a bit more formal, you need to choose a location that reflects your personality. Next, you want to hire an officiant, buy a dress, and book vendors like a photographer, florist, or planner. 

 

Luckily there are so many adventurous elopement options in the Lake Tahoe area, including van, ski, and camping elopements. Here’s a look at some of our favorites! 

2. To register or not to register

This is the big question, right? People are pretty divided when it comes to a wedding registry for eloping couples. Even though we don’t recommend sending a registry with your marriage announcement, we find it totally acceptable to include a registry for a post-elopement reception later on. You can also create a small registry if close family and friends ask for it, but gifts should not be expected.

3. Party afterward

A post-elopement party is a great way to include your family and friends after exchanging your vows. And it’s way less stressful to plan than a full-on wedding reception. Options include booking out your favorite restaurant, renting a wedding-style reception venue, or celebrating in the comfort of your own backyard.

4. Announce it!

You did it, now what?! You share the happy news with the rest of the world, of course. It might be a good idea to send postcards announcing your elopement, having a quick FaceTime chat on the day of, or even throwing a post-elopement party. 

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