Whether you just got engaged or you’ve been with a partner for several years and are ready to tie the knot, there are a few important things to consider during the first steps of planning a wedding. Are you hoping to go all out for the big day? Or do you both prefer to have a smaller ceremony without all the bells and whistles?

If you and your soon-to-be spouse aren’t entirely sure you want a traditional ceremony and reception, consider eloping with them instead! Discover some of the fun reasons to take this non-traditional route below.

1. You won’t have to wait 6 months, 9 months, or 1 year.

Bigger weddings often require a lot more time, money and planning. Many venues and wedding vendors are booked at least a few months to one year in advance, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you don’t mind waiting. If you’ve found the perfect venue but the next available date from now is in 9 months, maybe you should take it!

However, if you’d prefer to say your vows and seal them with a kiss within the next couple of months, eloping might be the perfect option for you! Many couples who choose to elope prefer to find a local or regional scenic spot, such as a state or national park. Looking for some examples? Check out this list of best places to elope in Colorado!

2. The focus remains solely about the two of you.

That’s right: no family member or friend can steal the spotlight or stress you out on your special day if you elope. Well, that is if you choose not to invite anyone to tag along!

One of my favorite things about elopements is that it is centered around your love for one another and the commitment you are making — nothing (and no one) else. Some people may decide to bring along one or two others to witness it, but many couples keep it just between the two of them! And in states like Colorado, couples can self-solemnize without an officiant even present.

3. You’ll have hundreds of stunning locations to choose from.

Considering the fact that many couples spend over $30,000 for a wedding nowadays, think of how much less you could spend if you elope — even to another state or country if you wish!

And since you won’t have to consider where you’re guests will be visiting from, the options are endless if you want them to be. Italy, France, Hawaii? Why not!

Cherish the Moment Forever with Katogenic’s Elopement Photography Services

I believe every wedding deserves to be photographed in a beautiful, artistic and memorable way. No matter where you choose to go, from the courthouse to the mountaintops, your ceremony is something that ought to be captured in a way that brings you back to that moment in time for years to come.

This is why I’ve created an elopement photography package specifically tailored to those who want a more intimate ceremony captured on camera. Reach out to tell me about your love story or to ask about availability. I look forward to meeting you!