10 Reasons To Ditch the Big Ceremony for an Adventure Elopement Wedding

Only a few months ago, many excited brides and grooms were planning their 2020 wedding celebrations the traditional way — visiting venues, bridal dress shopping, and trying on tuxes. So unexpectedly, the world has turned upside-down and we have had to adapt to a whole new way of planning for weddings and celebrations that were scheduled to take place this year.

While many couples are facing an unimaginable decision of whether to cancel, postpone, or pause their 2020 wedding indefinitely, there is an alternative that just might be perfect for the adventurous and spontaneous couple during this time:

Ditch (or postpone) the big ceremony for an adventure elopement wedding instead!

What does this mean for the two of you? It means that you get to be officially MARRIED on the timeline you were hoping for, while simply putting the bigger celebration on pause until we know we are all in a safe spot to be together again.

There is no right or wrong way to celebrate your vows to each other.

Interested in my take as your Vermont and New England wedding photographer? Read on for 10 reasons to elope in 2020!

1. You get to celebrate with an adventure.

If you’re the adventurous or spontaneous type, a non-traditional elopement might be the perfect answer to your wedding woes. It gives you unlimited freedom with no rules. Want to say your vows on the beaches of Lake Champlain as the sun sets? Do it! Or maybe a mountaintop elopement is more your style. Make it a day and choose your own adventure to celebrate each other!


2. Eloping allows you to still get married on your own timeline.

With all the day-to-day changes that are rapidly occurring, it’s difficult to figure out just when it will be safe to gather groups of more than a small handful of people. We’re all taking it one day at a time, and planning for the future is definitely a bit uncertain. If you decide to elope, there are fewer restrictions about when, how, and where you choose to do so! An elopement wedding is a great way to keep your originally planned timeline so that you get to enjoy being married — sooner!



3. You have the freedom to choose a unique location that is special to the two of you.

The amazing thing about living in Vermont and New England is that there are no shortage of unique locations with draw-jopping views. Check out this blog for some of my favorite New England elopement locations that I have had the pleasure of photographing!


4. You will have undevoted 1-1 time with your photographer.

If you’re someone who hates posing for family photos, this may be the biggest perk yet! With undevoted 1-1 time with your photographer, you will get the most authentic, candid, and adventurous photos of your love for each other. You can always save the family photos for the celebration at a later date!




5. The two of you get to focus completely on each other for the day in the most intimate and private way.

With the planning of a large wedding celebration comes a lot of to-do lists. It can come with stress, timelines, due dates, and maybe you just want to forget about all that! An elopement wedding allows for you to focus on what’s important — each other — with the world behind you and your future ahead.


There’s no right or wrong way to elope. There’s no ‘one size fits all’. Make it yours and make it special.

6. An elopement wedding is much more affordable!

According to The Knot, the average cost of a Vermont wedding is $38,300. It’s no secret that an elopement wedding is drastically more affordable. Ditch the venue for a beachfront elopement and you’ve just saved yourself $10,000!



7. Maybe you don’t love being the center of attention.

Or maybe you do, but you don’t want your wedding day to be all about the “fluff” stuff. Maybe you prefer a quiet day where you get to simply be with each other and do your favorite things. Eat pizza on a blanket after a day’s hike, go on a bike ride along the beach, or just be with each other and pop some champagne.


8. You can be as creative as you want with your elopement wedding photography.

Your wedding or elopement day photography doesn’t have to be cookie-cutter. It should reflect who you are as a couple and make your personalities shine. Want your dog to be your witness? Invite them to the celebration! Do you love cross-country skiing or snowshoeing? Bring along your gear for the ride! Make it as creative as you want, and allow your elopement photographer to be your guide.



9. There’s no “right” way to elope.

Maybe that’s enough said. There’s no right or wrong way to elope. There’s no ‘one size fits all’. Make it yours and make it special.


10. Still want the big wedding celebration? Elope in 2020, and plan the party for 2021!

This seems to be the ‘best of both worlds’ situation that many couples are adapting to. If you’re ready to get married, but also want to celebrate with family and friends down the road, it’s the perfect alternative! It’s a new world with no rules!


Amelia Marie Photography

is your Vermont and New England based wedding, elopement  and lifestyle photographer who is forever-seeking adventures and epic moments!

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