Elopements, intimate weddings, and courthouse ceremonies allow you the freedom to trim down on the production aspects of a wedding. However, you also have the opportunity to involve any of the parts of a traditional wedding into your day if you wish. There are no rules. One part I would recommend to seriously think about is photography. When we eloped, it was only just the two of us. I had no mother to take photos every second minute or friends to snap shots to put on Facebook. The only person I can reminisce with is my husband and I am perfectly happy with that. But I do treasure the fact that I have photos from our day to share with our families and remember all the moments of the day.
In all honesty professional photographers can be pretty (very) expensive. You have to book them early too, which means your spur-of-the-moment wedding may take a little planning. Elopements are much easier to plan on a weekday. Any vendor you want to book will be able to accommodate a last minute Tuesday much better than the weekend, and maybe even at a discounted rate. Speaking of rates, please please ask for deals. I really struggle with haggling. I’m awkward, nervous and will cave very easily. This is why my better half did most of this part. You never know what you can get if you just ask. You do not have to take the packages advertised on the photographer’s website. Many offer a la carte options, or bookings by the hour. Think about how much time you realistically need and splurge on a couple hours.
Find contacts in the the city you are planning to marry in. There is definitely a friend of a friend with a good camera, or an amateur photographer at your finger tips. If you do not care for the touched-up photos this is a good option. Really anyone with a little photoshop knowledge can edit out graffiti in the background or the tattoo you don’t want your parents to see. Try to avoid getting strangers to take randoms on your iphone. You want something with a little quality that won’t get all pixilated when you want to print it (and doesn’t have a thumb in every second photo). A dedicated photo person, even if it is an amateur, will have the opportunity to snap enough images for you to have something to show the folks when you get home.
Our photographer ended up spending the whole afternoon and evening with us, but for a pre-agreed upon price. He was an acquaintance of the owner of the BNB we stayed at and I can definitely say he got us the friends and family discount. We did not get any extras, no books, no prints just the online images for us to do with what we please. We spent the day cracking jokes like we were all great pals. Into the night we toasted and danced. We made a great friend and have some fantastic photos to remember our day with.