How Much We Spent to Elope
Many couples begin to consider an elopement wedding when they realize just how expensive a traditional wedding could cost them. By contrast, elopements are not only cost-effective, they tend to be lower stress affairs. Combine less cost with less stress, and an elopement begins to make more sense.
My wife and I were recently married on a beach in Southern California. We kept track of all of the expenses related to our nuptials. We then put them into the table that you see on this page.
Our elopement included an experienced and professional officiant, a fantastic photographer, a wonderful after-ceremony dinner, and took place on a gorgeous beach near Santa Barbara, California. You could do far worse with a traditional wedding, and have a massive debt to go with it when it’s over. The catch: for one thing, there were no guests at our elopement ceremony. Only a witness – the groom’s sister – was in attendance (and perhaps a handful of dolphins secretly enjoying the ceremony from out in the ocean). Look over the table below to find out how much we spent to elope. We hope you’ll find this information helpful as you begin to consider your own simplified wedding ceremony.
|Beachside Inn: 2 Rooms for 2 Nights||445|
|Bride's Hair, Mani/Pedi||242|
|Dinner for Newlyweds and Witness||220|
|Gas, Food, Snacks, Misc.||200|
|Groom's Shirt, Tie, Accessories||176|
|Kids' Outifts, Shoes, Accessories||56|
|Limo to/from Inn & Beach||150|
|Lunches to/from Beach||32|
|Repair Bride's Father's Watch||10|
|Wedding Night Treats||33|
|Witness's Round-Trip Flight||280|