Jet Wed Co. | Telling Your Family & Friends You're Eloping

When I asked what questions brides-to-be had on a recent Instagram story, I got a question that I knew I wanted to write a blog post about: how to tell your loved ones you’re eloping.

One of the biggest stressors in deciding to elope is worrying about how your loved ones will react. At the end of the day the choice is yours and yours alone, but I wanted to give some tips on making it a little easier for all parties involved.

1. Be Honest early

I suggest sharing your plans with your family shortly after deciding to elope. It helps prevent hard feelings from the get-go when nobody is expecting a wedding invitation in the mail. You can avoid awkward conversations with a destination-themed engagement photo session, or a snail mail greeting card announcing your decision.

2. Give Your Reasons

We’re a little biased here at Jet Wed Co., but there are a million reasons to consider eloping. Whether it’s to save money for an important life purchase like a house, or because your family is scattered across the globe, your reason is important. It’s okay to let those who ask know that you’ve made the choice because it makes sense for where you’re at in life. Even if the reason is simply because you want an intimate ceremony with your partner, it’s okay to share that, too.

3. Keep Them Involved

You can still keep your loved ones involved even if you have decided on a true elopement with no guests! Bring your mom with you when you pick out your dress, share your destination Pinterest board with your friends and when your great aunt insists on hosting a small bridal shower anyway, let her! Think of meaningful ways you can invite them to add their own touches to your big day.

4. capture the moment

The wonderful thing about the world we live in today is how incredibly easy it is to share special moments with those you love. This is why it is important to carefully select the right photographer and/or videographer with the help of your wedding planner. Talk to your photographer about the shots you want, typical turnaround time and if there are any special options for your situation. Some videographers even have the capability to live stream the ceremony, but keep in mind time zone changes and the additional cost.