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Should You Have an Elopement Registry if You’re Not Having a Large Wedding?

Should You Have an Elopement Registry if You’re Not Having a Large Wedding?

Should You Have an Elopement Registry if You’re Not Having a Large Wedding?

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Here’s the thing we love about eloping: it breaks all of the rules. You can bend any tradition; modify any ritual; do it your way top to bottom. This includes wedding registries. It’s a known expectation that if you attend a wedding in person that you come bearing a gift. Gifts are not expected at an elopement, even if it’s a destination ceremony. Therefore, it’s up to you to set the rules! We’re huge fans of elopement registries and here are our top reasons for ringing this bell.

Celebrate the Milestone of Marriage

Whether you’re eloping or having a huge wedding, the act of getting married is a huge milestone and one that your friends and family want to participate in. By creating an elopement registry, not only are you giving access to your friends and family into a window of your relationship, but you’re also granting them a way to show their support and excitement by letting them contribute – either to an experience or a gift. In this time of friends and family being separated by COVID, it’s so important to find creative ways to include one another. We think a wedding registry is a great way to do that.

We’re Big Fans of the Experiential Registry

When one thinks of a wedding registry, it’s traditionally registering at Pottery Barn or Bed, Bath and Beyond. Over the last decades, wedding registries have really evolved, predominantly since millennials prioritize experiences over things. To this tune, we’re huge fans of experiential registries. This means that your friends and family can contribute their dollars towards the basics – like paying for your elopement trip and package, or to an epic honeymoon (either now or when the globe opens back up). We’re huge fans of services like Hitchd since not only do you have the opportunity to have your friends and family contribute towards your elopement package or trip, but you can do specific items in conjunction. We live the choice to mix and match, dependent on what you’re in need of to kick this new milestone of life off right.

Fun Reveal: Elopement Registries are a Great Way to Keep Your Loved Ones Up-to-Date

It may not seem intuitive, but if you sign up for a service like Hitchd, built into the platform is a way to keep your loved ones updated on progress. For instance, when you arrive to your elopement destination you can take a photo or video and with one push notification, send it to all of your friends and family through the platform. For those that can’t be there on the big day, it’s such a fun way to make them feel even more invested in your big day. Same goes for when you’re moving into together and using that new blender for the first time! Sending photos through the platform so they can track the progress of what they contributed to is so important in staying connected.

Do It All: Elopement Registry and Post-Elopement Party

It goes without saying, but we’re in a weird time of the world. Group gatherings are not permitted in most states and therefore we’re all waiting with bated breath for parties and celebrations to make a come-back. Because of this – anything goes! The playbook has been thrown out and you can create any thing you can dream up for your wedding. If you’re excited to elope now and have a party now, we are highly in support of that! We have plenty of couples who are even eloping now and planning a big wedding down the line. It’s totally okay to launch that elopement registry now, hold your ceremony with a few of your loved ones and then throw a party down later on when it’s possible to have large group gatherings. We highly encourage you to look at your options and do what’s best for you!

TO WIN an elopement registry, follow us on Instagram as well as Hitchd, comment with tag of your partner or friend and we’ll entering you into the drawing for one free elopement registry. Winner announced March 1st, 2021!

Watch our video for our tip tops regarding elopement registries!

The average wedding costs $33,900. Let us plan you a beautiful elopement, while saving you over $28,000

Janessa White

Last updated Feb 08,2021

Janessa White is the co-founder of Simply Eloped and has helped thousands of couples plan elopements. As an expert in the field, she has been featured on Martha Stewart,, Vox, and HuffPost. Janessa thinks elopements are the ultimate way to tie the knot.
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