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        Elopement: what does it mean exactly?

        Elopement is a word with a wide range of different meanings. Elopement conveys the idea of running away, freedom, and getting married at the same time. It is often associated with rushed, last minute decisions and to many people sounds like something to be ashamed of. This is not the case anymore.

        An elopement is basically an intimate wedding, a private ceremony with just the nearest and dearest. It can be parents and close friends, or just the two of you.

        In Italy elopement is not popular at all: we value family so much, it seems like a terrible, disruptive idea not to invite the customary 200 and plus relatives and friends. Why elope, when this is the tradition? But Italy is the land of elopement and destination wedding for a lot of people coming mostly from the US, Asia and northern Europe. According to a study published by The Knot, 21% of US weddings in 2019 were celebrated abroad.

        An elopement has no rules: it is modeled on the wishes and personality of the couple getting married. If you like trekking, you can take a night walk and have a small intimate ceremony, at dawn, in the most perfect silence, with a heart stopping view. If you love the sea, why not celebrate on a sailing boat, overlooking Venice, or Amalfi, or any place that holds a meaning for you? Each elopement is unique.

         

        Organizing an elopement means choosing a place that feels right, that makes sense to you. A day to celebrate love and commit to each other, and a day to do something new, exciting and unforgettable. A helicopter ride on the Dolomites, a private tour on a historic boat in the Venice Lagoon, a day in Bali in search of the most spectacular waterfalls, sunrise under the Eiffel Tower

        It is a dream come true for me: being able to help couples imagine their day, making their wedding experience truly personal and unique. Italy offers so many wedding locations: medieval towns, beaches, remote islands, fancy mountain resorts, or little huts at the end of the most amazing hiking trails. There are endless locations to choose from, either well known or totally hidden to the tourist masses. I can also suggest so many other destinations that I have already explored in Europe and the world, that are perfect for an elopement.

         

        Looking for a more authentic wedding experience

        The idea of organizing a lavish wedding with hundreds of guests seems less and less attractive to millenials. Apparently, even Prince Harry wanted to elope with Meghan Markle, before changing his mind and opting for a traditional wedding. For him, as for many thirty-year-olds, an intimate wedding represents a more authentic way of celebrating love.

        I photograph so many couples every year, who choose Venice to get engaged or plan a destination wedding. I have noticed that many of them, much more than I thought, are not looking forward to organize the actual wedding! If they can, they delegate to parents or a wedding planner.

         

        The Elopement is inclusive, creative and unique

        Elopement is an escape, by definition, but an escape in the most beautiful way: an escape from social obligations, from waste, from those things that “must be done” but are not of important to you.

        This is even more important for those couples who are not religious, or who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. Elopements and intimate weddings can include any kind of ritual, and you can really get creative! This is perfect for those who want to build a ceremony that is truly personal and unique.

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        10 COMMENTS

        I need to adventure around Italy…it takes my breath away every time I see it…my origin country!

        Such an incredible resource for couples who want to elope. It will really help them understand what an elopement is and how to make it happen.

        Great breakdown on the pros of eloping! Thanks for this!

        You are giving some value information for couple who want to elope or are in the way of planning a wedding!

        This blog is so incredible! So much information jam packed in and such a need resource for eloping couples!

        This is a great guide for couples considering an elopement. I think eloping will become even more popular with COVID, so these are all such timely tips!

        Love the bit on how to organise an elopement ??

        Love the bit on how to organise an elopement ??

        Great post! Elopements are definitely a beautiful way to start your life together. Thanks for writing this!

        Hey! I found this post very comprehensive and useful for someone who is trying to understand elopements! Well done and keep posting.

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