You’ve made the exciting decision to elope, congrats! Eloping is one of the best ways to have an intimate and super memorable wedding day, but the last thing we’d want is your friends and family feeling left out. The way you approach your elopement announcement can go a long way to ensure that your loved ones feel connected to you during this special time.
Here are four ways to nail your elopement announcement!
The Pre-Ceremony Snail Mail Heads Up
For couples planning a private ceremony and surprising friends and family with the good news.
One way to share the happy news is to send an elopement announcement right before you get married. This allows you to keep all your people in the loop, without feeling the pressure of not inviting people.
In your announcement detail your wedding date, location, and how long you will be gone for. You can expect to make some phone calls and read through congratulations cards when you get home.
The Elopement Alert Announcement
For couples planning a private ceremony and inviting loved ones to a post-ceremony gathering.
Consider combining the elopement announcement with an invite to an after-party! While your loved ones won’t be there to witness the ceremony, they can still revel in the beautiful experience when you two committed to each other forever.
While planning your elopement, consider how to include a time to gather with the friends and family that want to celebrate with you. Whether it is a more traditional formal reception in a rented space with catered food, drinks, and dancing, a more laid-back gathering in a backyard or restaurant, or something in between – the chance to celebrate with those closest to you will be just one more unforgettable part of your wedding.
Before you head out to tie the knot, send an invite or save the date that details your exciting announcement and how you plan to celebrate with friends and family after. It’s like sending your people a party invite and the ultimate life update all in one!
The Entourage-Only Announcement
For couples planning a ceremony with a small group of guests present.
If you’re planning to include those closest to you in your ceremony, you’ll need to send them a note with some details for the big day. Make sure your elopement announcement (or invite) includes date, time, location, recommended attire, lodging information, and any post-ceremony celebration details.
If you’re planning a remote ceremony, like on a mountain or secluded beach, be sure to include specific details about where and how to get there. Consider sending an electronic invite with a pin dropped on the exact location. Don’t forget to be very specific about what it will take to reach the location, too. Are your guests hiking in? Will they be protected from the elements? If they get lost on the way, will they be really, really lost? Location details are important and will have a big influence on clothing choice, transportation, and lodging.
Whether you chose to send a snail mail invite, an email, or a handwritten letter, having the wedding details in writing makes things much easier for your guests. We have found that creating a private Facebook group or event can work really well for inviting guests, providing a ton of detail and keeping your people in the know about wedding details.
The Social Media Surprise Announcement
For couples that want to share the news with everyone all at once.
It’s like the mic drop of elopement announcements. Assuming you hired a photographer and have some amazing photos to share, post those gorgeous pics with a short and sweet note to share the news that you are newlyweds.
Pro tip: Be sure to write the basic details of when, where, and how amazing your wedding was in the post. It will save you 500 comments on the same info.
Are you in the midst of planning your elopement? We are here to make things simple, from finding vendors to announcing the happy news. Contact Us to get started planning your big day, the simple way.
Photo credits: Lei Contradt (HI), Matthew Wordell (ID), Ryan Schorr (HI), Samantha Dahabi (HI), Gianna Leo Falcon (NYC).