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5 Reasons Why Eloping is Far From Selfish | Glacier National Park Elopement Photographer

Throughout my experience as a Glacier National Park elopement photographer, I've noticed couples worry about certain things more than others. They worry about the weather, finding the right vendors, and what their families will think if they elope. There is nothing more complicated than explaining to your family why you're choosing to elope, and the first thing some may say - is that it's selfish. I'm here to assure you that nothing about eloping is selfish. Choosing to get married is such a big commitment, and if a private elopement is how you choose to do it, I say go for it. Throughout the blog, I'm going to share my top reasons why I think elopements are far from selfish.


Glacier National Park elopement photographer captures bride and groom holding umbrella and smiling

Your Day, Your Choice

First and most importantly, this day is about you and your person. It's not about anyone else. If you both decide that eloping is your dream, DO IT. It all boils down to the two of you throughout that day's planning and even experiencing it. Years from now, I doubt your family will remember the colors you chose for your wedding, let alone if you've decided to elope. If you both want to elope, consider having a ring ceremony with family and friends afterward. It's like the best of both worlds!


We Call This Self Care, Not Selfish

Life is busy, and a busy life comes with stress. Everyone deserves a good escape, vacation, or even a self-care day. Imagine you and your person boarding the plane to adventure in a national park, a bucket-list location, or to the beach for the week, and then at the end, you'll promise your forevers to one another. Not only does that sound like an absolute dream, but it would give both of you the time and break you deserve just to be together. Give yourself grace and allow your relationship the opportunity to explore and grow together. Invest in experiences.



Only You Two Know What Matters Most

While planning your wedding with your partner, there will probably be many times you look at one another and ask yourself if it's worth all the trouble. Wedding planning is stressful! If you step back from all the decisions and planning, you'll quickly realize it doesn't matter. None of it does because years from now, you won't care what color the napkins are. You'll remember your feelings on that day and be grateful you found your person. The rest will disappear.


Glacier National Park elopement photographer captures bride and groom running through grass together

You Don't Owe Anyone Anything

That was probably a hard truth to hear, right? Trust me, I know how hard it can feel to go against the grain and do something different. There are so many expectations and obligations we may feel we need to meet, but I'm here to tell you that you don't. If you're worried about what people will think or how the family will react, let me assure you, they'll most likely forget and move on. Life is constantly changing and evolving; that makes it so beautiful - this helps you, too. I promise you will never regret prioritizing your relationship and wedding day dreams.


Glacier National Park elopement photographer captures groom kissing bride's neck

No Regrets

You deserve to live without regrets or thoughts of 'what if.' Your wedding day will be something you and your partner look back on years from now; you can share the adventure with generations to come. Don't you want to be able to do that with excitement? An elopement can be such a special moment and event if you choose to make it that way. Your journey and love have been fought for and cherished and will last forever; they deserve to be celebrated how you want them to be. The most genuine and memorable way possible. Whether that's a big wedding or a small elopement, however you plan to celebrate, eloping is far from selfish!


Still curious about elopements? Check out the 6 Myths About Eloping and 5 Signs You May Want to Elope.


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