Congratulations on your engagement! We know how stressful planning a wedding can be—Overwhelming….between creating a guest list, finding the right vendors, and establishing a budget, things can get tricky and leave you with the biggest headache. Instead of a big traditional wedding, how about an elopement? It’s the perfect alternative for you if you want to keep it small, yet still enjoy a little celebration of your love and new life together. In this blog, we’ll guide you through what it takes to organize the best elopement in Ohio, and will give you all the details you need to keep it as simple, and personal as possible. Five reasons to Elope in Ohio
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Your Guide to Planning the Best Elopement in Ohio
The Perks of Eloping
It doesn’t take long after your engagement to realize what a daunting task planning a wedding can be. It all looks beautiful and romantic in the years leading up to it, but when it all needs to be done, things get stressful and messy! If the idea of tackling this much work on top of your everyday life is too much, know that you have other options—the best being eloping.
Eloping allows you to take it easy and focus on your relationship. It decreases the scale of the affair drastically! Here are five reasons why eloping can be the best choice for you:
1. You Will Save Money
The cost of the average wedding is around $25,000, whereas the price to elope can be dramatically lower. Instead of forking over thousands of dollars, you can book a lovely room at a local boutique hotel and go big on amenities like a couple’s massage, a fabulous candlelight dinner, or an in-room hot tub.
2. You’ll Have More Time to Enjoy Your Own Wedding
When you plan a full-size wedding, you’re tied to a precise schedule with your photographer, planner, friends, and others. You have to make your entrance, do speeches, cut the cake, do the first dance, go on a full photoshoot, etc. It’s only once you’ve crossed everything off the list that you can relax and enjoy the party. When you elope, you don’t have to worry about most of that! You can be the star and guest of your own party.
3. You’ll Keep Your Sanity
We already mentioned how stressful planning a wedding can be. Save yourself the trouble of having a little mental breakdown two months before the ceremony and elope.
4. You’ll Be Able to Plan More Easily
It’s no wonder why eloping is easier. There isn’t much to consider and you can spend the perfect amount of time thinking about each detail. If you do it well, chances are you won’t have any regrets or burnout!
5. Doing Something Different May Fit Your Relationship
The truth is not every couple should have a big traditional wedding. If you’ve never really been into the idea or just want it to be about you and nobody else, eloping is perfect.
How to Plan Your Elopement
One of the easiest ways to plan your elopement is to find a venue that offers an all-inclusive wedding elopement package. These packages are basically your elopement-in-a-box solution. They can include everything from the officiant and the flowers to the vows and music to the honeymoon suite and more. Here are three things you need to keep in mind when planning your elopement. Follow each of them, and you’ll be on the right track! PLUS they all are happily personalized to your ideal wedding day.
1. Know Why You’re Eloping
Before you elope, take some time to be sure it’s the right step for you and your fiance. We already discussed all the perks of eloping, but take some time to evaluate the potential fallout from your decision. If you elope, can you deal with family members who are upset about it? Make sure you have valid reasons for eloping, instead of making a spontaneous decision you might later regret.
2. Select Your Venue
The venue is going to make your elopement, so choose wisely. Base your decision on factors like whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding, your budget, location or travel distance, and, of course, availability. Ohio has no shortage of great places to elope, and Hideaway Inn is one of them. In fact, we recently earned the honorable distinction of being the best place to elope in Ohio!
3. Get the Licence
This one might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised at how easy it is to forget about it! Before you can get married, you’ll need a marriage license. Any courthouse in Ohio is a good spot to get your wedding license up to 60 days in advance. Be sure to thoroughly research the requirements and investigate marriage regulations before going to the courthouse, especially if this is not the first time, and to avoid any hiccups on your actual elopement day.
Stay at HideAway and Get Elopement Fever !
One of the best ways for you to make a decision is to come and stay with us! HideAway Country Inn is ideal for a weekend getaway or spontaneous mid-week stay. Come with your significant other and treat yourself to a well-deserved trip to unwind from all that planning (while taking notes and envisioning what your “small” day can be like).
We offer sumptuous amenities, modern appliances, elegant decor, and comfy mattresses! Browse our complete selection of rooms and suites today to pick the perfect one for you! We have a feeling you’re going to love our Cherry Luxury Suite. The modern decor blends nicely with the relaxing atmosphere this suite provides. You can snuggle up by the wood-burning fireplace with a glass of wine in hand, slip into a bubbly bath for two in the gorgeous, copper bathtub, and dream the night away in the king-size brass bed. The room also comes with spa-quality shower and bath products, complimentary robes, plus popcorn and s’mores to make at your fireplace!
While your here, even have the opportunity to Elope ! Tuck in that marriage license. Pick out a spot in one of the 7 locations on property.