elope for the planet

It’s 2019, people. We’re a generation who cares about straws and turtles and minimizing waste, and yet the average wedding produces 600lbs of trash.


The wedding industry is only growing, and it won’t be stopping anytime soon. But for some of us, contributing to it just doesn’t sound like a good time.

**I want to be clear on something before we go on: I do not think that everyone should elope. It’s just not practical, and I get that. But, my mission in speaking up about something that I’m passionate about is to educate and encourage those who are thinking of eloping, in an effort to help minimize the waste we produce. Every action counts, and if I can help interrupt a cycle that someone doesn’t even want to be part of and in turn reduce our footprint on this earth? Rad.**

Alright, so why should you elope, you ask? There are a lot of reasons why I feel like elopements are a better choice for many couples, but at the end of the day, that’s a pretty personal decision. However, I do have some pretty compelling arguments on why you should at least start to consider it. And, while not all of these reasons make a direct impact on our environment, eloping does - and that’s what you’re trying to decide on.

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1.) it’s better for the planet, plain and simple

I mentioned it above, but according to an article published by the Huffington Post in 2016, the average wedding of 100-120 people produces 400-600lbs of trash. Honestly, that’s pretty disheartening. To top it off, approximately a third of wedding guests travel by air to get to the wedding. While destination weddings or having a whole slew of 3rd cousins at your wedding sounds amazing, by skipping the guest list you can still go somewhere epic for your wedding and minimize the environmental impact. And, if you hire someone like me who cares about this stuff, 1% of all profit goes to a charity to benefit environmental efforts. Talk about efficiency, eh?


2.) you’ll say goodbye to (most of) your stress

You might not get rid of all of it, but you’ll do away with most — and that’s pretty great, if you ask me. The #1 thing couples tell me they hated about the thought of planning a “traditional” wedding was the stress that came with it. I even have friends who have told me they wished they’d eloped - because the stress never stopped, it just showed itself in different ways. If you’re stressed now, you’ll be stressed the whole time, and that’s no fun.

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3.) spend the money you save on travel

One of the best parts about our own elopement, was that we got take an extended honeymoon that turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. We spent 3 weeks in Europe traveling through 5 countries, and yes, it was as amazing as it sounds. You could even take it a step further and bring your photographer with you to your ideal destination, and from there turn it into your honeymoon. Two birds, one stone!

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4.) avoid family drama

Don’t pretend like you don’t have some of this. We all do, and that’s okay! It’s so freaking normal - but it’s also normal to not want to deal with it on the happiest day of your life. If you’ve got some weird family tension or just normal family tension that you don’t want to deal with, consider an elopement your way out. People always say they don’t want to piss people off by not inviting them - but I usually respond with “well, at least you’re pissing everyone off, so no one can say you love someone else more! That’s a plus!” And I mean it. We had 13 family members at our elopement and it was everything and more.

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5.) pick a date that matters to you, if you want

Suddenly, when you decide to elope - a whole slew of dates opens up because it doesn’t have to be on a Saturday! HALLELUJAH! We picked to elope on August 11, because it was already our anniversary, and if your boo is anything like mine, they can’t be trusted to keep more than 2 dates straight: your birthday and your anniversary. If they’ve already memorized a date and it’s special to you, keep it by eloping!

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6.) add in some adventure, while you’re at it

You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? I mean, if you read my bio you did ;) Elopements are not just for shotgun Vegas weddings. Hire yourself a badass photographer, pick an epic location, and go on an adventure. Spend the first day of your marriage enjoying a new or familiar place - giving meaning to a set of coordinates that will be “yours” forever.

elopements are awesome.

if you’re ready to plan yours, let’s chat. I can’t wait to tell your story.