March Wedding Series: Eloping in the 21st Century


Hey Ya’ll,

For the final post in my March Wedding Series, I was inspired by an article I recently read in the New York Times about an interesting wedding trend that’s on the rise… guest-free weddings!

You heard me right. All the fabulousness of a big, elaborate wedding, including the bride, the groom, the dress, the suit, the cake, the food, the flowers, the location, and the photographer, minus all of the usual guests. Think of it as the modern day equivalent to eloping, without all of the shame. Or as an elaborate photo shoot, starring the couple at whatever beautiful setting they choose for their intimate ceremony for two.

This modern twist on your average wedding not only saves couples a lot of money, especially when you consider the cost of catering alone, but also, for the most part, completely eliminates the usual stress, worry, and anxiety associated with planning a wedding.


Not only this, but in terms of location, not having any guests means the sky’s the limit! Atop a picturesque snow-capped mountain, on a sailboat in Greece, a private garden in Paris, or a beautiful remote island–they’re are all viable options when you don’t have guests to take into consideration! In fact, many hotels and resorts have noticed the trend and are currently offering elopement packages coordinated by a full-time, on-site wedding consultant.

So what do you think about this modern take on eloping? Would you have a wedding with zero guests? Why or why not? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.

4 thoughts on “March Wedding Series: Eloping in the 21st Century

  1. Last year, I attended a wedding by the beach on a secluded island. It was almost guest-free, because the groom and the bride (one of my closest friends), invited a total of eight guests. It was a very private and intimate event. I loved it. I can see its appeal. 🙂

    I personally wouldn’t go for zero guests, but I think I’ll definitely whittle down the number of guests if I do get married in the future. – L

    • Agreed. I think that the older people get, the less they feel like they need to turn their wedding into a show or be the “star” of their wedding day. I love the idea behind these intimate weddings, just you, the person you love and those two little words “I do.”

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