5 Tips on How to Announce Your Elopement

You’ve decided that eloping is perfect for the two of you! You want to keep the focus of your wedding day on the two of you and get married exactly how you want. The idea of having an adventurous, meaningful and intimate elopement day brings a huge smile to your face! There’s only one thing in the way before you start the adventure of planning your elopement. You’re wondering how to announce your elopement to your family!

I totally get it. Announcing Your Elopement might make you feel little nervous! You might be scared of how your Mom or your best friend will react and you don’t want them to put pressure on you to get married in a way that doesn’t feel right to you. You know your goal isn’t to hurt your family by leaving them out, but they might not know that. Maybe they still have incorrect assumptions about elopements and what they’re about. Now it comes down to you to fill them in on all the amazing things about having an elopement! There are a few things you can do to help lessen the blow and make them over the moon for you and your fiance! Keep on reading for tips on how to announce your elopement!!

How to Announce Your ElopementThis is how to announce your elopement to your family.

1. Pick the Right Time For You

Announcing your elopement to your parents and closest friends and family can be a bit stressful! You are probably a little worried about how they might react even though your goal and decision behind eloping isn’t to leave everyone out. That’s why it is so important for you and your soon-to-be-spouse to let them know at the right time. If you need to take some time on how to think about what to say to them then take all the time you need!

In short, do what feels right for the two of you and pick a time that you feel ready and prepared. You know your family better than anybody else and how they’ll initially react to the news, so take the time that you need to plan it all out! Heck, if you know they would be totally cool with it then no need to hesitate!! 🙂bride and groom take pictures for their elopement announcement

2. Use Your Words Wisely When Announcing Your Elopement

This is probably the most important factor and way that you can prepare and help the initial reaction! When you sit down to announce your elopement to your family, give them an explanation. Let them in on all the details and plans that you have so far! Tell them why you’ve decided to elope and give them all the amazing things that go along with eloping and let them in on the vision you currently have for your elopement day! Paint a picture for them by telling them where you’re thinking of eloping, what you two are going to be doing, and how you want to celebrate!

If they have preconceived notions about elopements and how your day is going to look invite them to read What Does Eloping Mean or take the time and read it yourself to be able to relay the information to them. Let them know that elopements are about the type of experience that you have on one of the most important days of your life! That eloping is about crafting a day that reflects your relationship and allows you to keep the focus of your wedding day on the two of you instead of having to worry about all the guests and little details that your wouldn’t remember by the end of day.

So, gather your thoughts beforehand and make a plan! Let them see just how excited you are to be able to get married in an adventurous way that also allows for you to be able to take in every moment instead of being rushed around. Once your family get’s the full picture they’ll eventually come around and be over-the-moon for you!! how to announce your elopement

Tips on How to Announce Your Elopement

3. Use Social Media

This is a fantastic way to announce your elopement to those who aren’t in your inner circle! You can announce your elopement by posting some of your incredible elopement pictures or you could even tell everyone before by saying, “Whoo-hoo!! We are eloping at the end of June in Colorado!” Only you know your friends and how they would react so choose whichever options fits best for you!

This is probably obvious to you, but it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to share anything about your elopement or your decision about eloping on social media before you talk to your close friends and family. You definitely don’t want them to be completely blindsided without any knowledge beforehand! Bride and groom elope in the desert at sunset

4. Celebrate Your Elopement With a Party

This is a fantastic way to make your family feel like they’re still a part of your elopement without them actually being there on your elopement day! You can let your mom or best friend plan an engagement party for you to celebrate which will make them feel special and not completely left out.

You could also send out announcement cards for a post-elopement reception if you plan to have one! Planning a reception or party after you elope to celebrate is one of the best ways to be able to celebrate with your loved ones and get the adventurous elopement day you truly want! Definitely don’t think that you have to go all out or crazy for your reception either. After all, you did decide to elope for a reason! You can keep it simple and have a backyard BBQ or even a potluck if you wanted.

Also, don’t feel like you have to have your reception right away after your elope. You can plan it months or even a year out! Take the time you want to put together your reception and enjoy being married before you do all of that. If you want to have it pretty quickly after you elope then totally go for it! Just don’t pressure yourself to have a party right away if you don’t want to.Bride and groom share a first dance at sunset during their elopement

5. Involve Your Family in Your Elopement!

Some people choose to have their closest family members involved on their actual elopement day while other don’t. Either way, nobody’s goal in eloping to leave someone hurt so if you want some ways and different ideas on how to keep your family involved in your elopement in some way shape or before be sure to check out my extensive article on Eloping With Family! It dive deep into ways to keep them involved without them being there on your elopement day and ways to involved them if you want them there with you on your elopement day!

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If you have an adventurous spirit and desire to have an intimate experience on your wedding day then eloping is probably a great choice for you! Eloping is all about having a stress-free, laid back and incredible experience. It is about starting your lives together on a rad adventure and committing your lives together in a place you’ve always dreamed of or in an extremely meaningful place to the both of you. If you are looking for an elopement photographer and for someone who will be by your side and help guide you through planning your dream elopement, I would be so honored to be a part of your special day! You can contact me >HERE< and I cannot wait to talk to you about your elopement!

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  1. These photos are gorge! Telling your friends + family is truly the hardest part about eloping so this blog post will for sure help some people navigating that!

  2. Seriously such a great post! I need to share this!

  3. Steph says:

    These are some really amazing tips!

  4. I love that you’re giving your couples practical ways to announce that they’re eloping!! Love it!

  5. Erica Fuchs says:

    Great tips! It’s important that couples feel ready to announce that they’re getting eloped.

  6. Sienna says:

    It can be difficult to figure out what to say to close friends and family when eloping. I’m sure this will help a ton of couples!

  7. Such great advice here!!

  8. Kristen says:

    Such helpful information here! Thanks so much for sharing this 🙂

  9. Kelsey Rae says:

    As someone who is looking to plan an elopement I found this so super helpful! Thanks for the information!

  10. Justyna says:

    The best one out of all the tips….keep your family involved!!! absolutely amazing!

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You probably have a million thoughts running through your head making you a bit overwhelmed.

How does this work? What can I do during my elopement? How do I choose my location? Is the ceremony legal? Can I elope with family?

One of the reasons you're probably eloping is because you want to have a stress-free day, but with so much uncertainty on how to plan an elopement how is it even possible?!

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When my now husband and I started planning our elopement, we were confused to the max. We didn’t know where to start or how to go about planning anything. We knew we wanted to get married in Ireland, but had too many options on exactly where. After doing some research of elopements, I was scrolling on Pinterest and came across some BEAUTIFUL photos taken by Courtney!

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