The resurgence of courthouse elopements is something that I absolutely love seeing make a come back in the last few years.
If you're looking for a way to get married quickly and without a lot of fuss (and way less stress), a courthouse elopement might be just the thing for you. Courthouse elopements are a great option for couples who want to keep things simple, affordable, and stress-free, and the best part is that you can make them unique and tailored to you as a couple. Just because you're getting married at a courthouse doesn't mean you can't still make your day special. Here are some ideas to help you add a personal touch to your courthouse elopement:
Bring flowers, props, stationary, and other memorable items
- Whether you opt for a bouquet or a single stem, flowers can help make your day feel special and romantic with a bouquet/corsage/boutonnière of local wildflowers.
- Most courthouse elopements will occur during midday due to courthouse hours so bringing a cloth embroidered umbrella for those bright spring/summer days or a clear umbrella for the possibility of rain (which is good luck!) will add a bit of SPICE to your ceremony pictures.
- So you may not be throwing a big wedding requiring invitations but maybe you will be sending out elopement announcements to let your friends and family know that you have tied the knot or you can just make a single special elopement invitation for your memories, whatever you choose, bring it along so that your photographer can get a beautiful flat lay to help tell the story of your day.
- Any keepsakes like lockets, something blue from a family member, or even your sweet pet you got together! These details will add to your day.
Hire a Photographer (preferably me lol)
Just because your wedding is small and intimate doesn't mean you can't have professional photos to remember your special day. I get it, it makes sense to just have parents, a friend, or your witnesses to take some photos on their iPhone but if you really want to have some special memories beautifully captured that you can cherish, print, and display in your home as photographer is a great addition. It will free you, your partner, and your witnesses from worry and allow all of you to enjoy the intimate moment.
Plan a Special Dinner
Many couples who have opted for more intimate elopements have stated they plan to have a larger reception party at a later date, but that doesn't mean you have to skip out on some festivities post nuptials. After your courthouse ceremony, plan a special dinner at a favorite restaurant or cook a fancy meal at home to celebrate your marriage.