your guide to a perfect elopement with curated mess co.
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remember - it may be small, but there is still plenty work that goes into an elopement
“Hire a planner to help you with the permit process, to keep you informed about marriage license deadlines, and better yet a planner who is also a designer and will set up a beautiful ceremony location, refer vendors who specialize in elopements, and set up a tablescape for your intimate dinner with your favorite people.” “You want to reflect on this day as the best and least stressful day of your life--let someone else do the heavy lifting so you can fully enjoy your adventure!”
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“ …specific areas within the park that allow photography and events, elopements are amazing and so fun but it's important to Leave No Trace and respect the parks by obtaining permission and leaving them as you found them.”
if eloping in a national park - check into permits and obtain proper permissions
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hire vendors who are in-the-know
“…hiring vendor teams that know what they are doing when it comes to an elopement is paramount, not every vendor specializes in elopements and all of the variables that come along with them. As an elopement planner I have a handful of incredible vendors that consistently turn out stunning one of a kind elopements that I recommend to all of my elopement clients.”
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make it personal
“Incorporate details that are important to you as a couple and make the day your own— an elopement can be an entire day event rather than just a few hours— for example start with breakfast and photo coverage, getting ready, hiking to your location, vows, in n out afterward and then start gazing in the hot tub to end your night— whatever you do make sure it’s an experience that is true to you rather than just a ceremony on a cliffside”
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you can still include family, even with an elopement
“— send them an announcement card, bring them dress shopping with you, FaceTime them after the ceremony. Just because you elope only the two of you or with a small group doesn't mean that you can't still incorporate those that you love into your big day.”
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& last but not least, be flexible
“An elopement is an adventure, and weather, time of year, airbnbs, and even last minute changes all play into the story, but if you let them, these elements can add so much romance to your elopement. Keep in mind that at the end of the day the goal is that you married your person and the journey to get there was about your love and not the rules.”
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