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Why Elope?

Colorado Elopements | Katrina S. Joseph Photography

I am a total introvert. That's not to say I'm quiet all the time – I have my people that make me feel completely at ease and allow me to come alive. But when I'm in a crowded room, I naturally start to fade into the background – totally content to be a listener and let someone else have the spotlight.

But on my wedding day, I don't want to reach my social capacity halfway through, and I definitely don't want to feel like I'm fading into the background. I want to feel completely myself, focused on my partner, and actually present in every single moment of our day. I want an experience that's intimate, exciting, adventurous, and completely representative of our relationship and who we both are.

And I'd imagine you're here because you feel the same way.

colorado elopement couple standing on cliff

You want a day that's perfectly crafted for you

You want to spend your wedding day doing things you actually love. Being in nature, exploring stunning trails, and sharing goofy, intimate moments with your person without hundreds of people watching – those are just a few of the things that light your soul. Getting rushed around, trying to live up to family expectations, and worrying about talking to all your guests – not so much.

You want the flexibility of having your wedding whenever and wherever you want

You don't want to be tied down to a rigid timeline: 4pm ceremony, followed by cocktail hour at 5pm, and a strict reception end time at 10pm. You want the freedom to say your vows as the sun rises behind you. You want to watch the sunset from a scenic overlook and have your first dance as the sky turns dark blue and millions of stars appear. You want to try out 4x4 off-roading or canoeing. There's a million possibilities of what your wedding day can be when you elope. But most importantly, you want your day to be on your terms and no-one else's.

You'd rather spent your budget on what's important to you

In 2022, couples spent on average $30,000 on their traditional wedding in Denver – the highest costs including $11,000 on a venue and $75/person for catering.

In comparison, the average cost of a Colorado elopement ranges from $5000-$15000.

If having a venue, catering, hundreds of guests, and the traditional wedding experience is important to you, those costs are worth it. But if you're already thinking about ditching the venue and eloping in the mountains, the lower budget is a huge plus.

And lastly, the most important reason: It just feels right for you

Your wedding day is yours.

You're committing to forever with your favorite person, and that deserves to be celebrated in a big and authentic way!

Eloping is your chance to have a "just us" experience that feels completely representative of who you and your partner are.

Want to talk more about what your elopement could look like?

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