If you’re looking for a simple day that’s just about your and your future spouse, a courthouse elopement might be the route for you. But just because you’re eloping at the courthouse doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead and create an amazing day for the two of you. If anything, you want to take that time to make it really special because it’s still an important day in your lives, regardless of how you choose to get married. You should absolutely still take that time to celebrate your relationship. There are a few ways to upgrade your day.
Get the perfect attire
It’s still your wedding day. Don’t you want to look amazing? Take the time to find that perfect outfit, whatever that means to you. Maybe you want the traditional white gown or maybe you’d rather get married in a stunning cocktail dress. Maybe your future spouse has always imagined getting married in a classic tuxedo or stylish suspenders. Decide together how formal you want to go and dress up for your wedding day!
Create a few invites
Having invitations isn’t necessary, but it can be a great touch. You can send them to your parents, siblings, or any close friends you can’t imagine your day without. You don’t need many invites, so you can really focus on design. If you feel like getting fancy, you can even have them custom-made by a stationery designer. Plus, wedding invitations make for a gorgeous souvenir of your special day. You can have it specially framed too!
Don’t forget the flowers
Flowers are another great way to add some flair to your courthouse elopement. Obviously, you don’t need a lot of flowers, but we recommend getting bouquets and/or boutonnieres for you and your partner. They’ll look amazing in photos and add the perfect touch to your outfits. Plus, they allow you to add to the vibe of your courthouse elopement a bit. Flowers are an opportunity to show your style and use the aesthetic set by your wedding invites.
Hire a professional photographer
This is a must! If you’re going to have a courthouse elopement, you definitely want a photographer to capture it. Plus, after your ceremony, you can have a photoshoot in your amazing outfits. Between how good you’ll look and how happy you’ll be, you’ll definitely want photos. After all, there’s nothing better than a walk downtown while your photographer takes gorgeous photos of you and your now-spouse.
And as great as photos by our friends and family can be, there’s nothing quite like hiring a professional. A professional can capture all of those special moments and give you keepsakes worthy of hanging up in your home. We recommend making the investment and hiring a photographer whose work you love. We’ve got a blog post on how to find and pick your photographer too!
Plan a nice dinner after to celebrate
You don’t need to go all out for this, but you can plan just a small dinner with your close friends and family. You can do this at a restaurant you love or perhaps a loved one is willing to host. Whatever you decide to do, take some time to celebrate with a small group. One of the great things about planning a small dinner to celebrate your courthous elopement is that you can go all out on the food and drink if you’d like. But the best part is getting that quality time with your loved ones and giving them a chance to celebrate you as a couple.
Your wedding day is worth spending the time and effort to create an amazing day, regardless of the type of wedding. We believe that investing in just a few details can make the day feel extraordinary.
What details are you planning for your courthouse elopement? Let us know in the comments!
Erin Lafond is a blogger with ample experience writing about weddings. She planned her own wedding and got married in October 2019. She lives in New Hampshire and loves a casual wedding with luxury details.