Debbie Elisa is a mini adventure elopement and wedding photographer based in VIrginia, traveling worldwide for lovers who want a little something different.


Differences between a Traditional Wedding and an Elopement

Debbie Perez


April 13, 2023

The differences between a traditional weddings and an elopements can be many specific aspects. It really pertains to the style, personality, character and what the overall want is for the couple. Traditional weddings can be intimate weddings with all the beauty but with a smaller group, or it can be loud and proud going well into the night for a supreme Hollywood style event. Or, you can have an adventure elopement where you can decide on whether or not you want a 10 mile hike to an amazing overlook, or a more simple manageable 1-2 easy hike, this is my jam, where you don’t have to worry about carrying your wedding attire for a long period of time. Of course with elopements you have the option of having it anywhere, such as city hall, or a vineyard, or even a historical land mark. You can also have guests, or go it alone. Some couples even have a destination elopement where they can explore a new place and have a romantic getaway, also my jam.

But, if you can’t decide, then I have listed some guidance on a few differences between the two so you can make the best decision that fits your and your style, and your budget!

Difference between Traditional Weddings and Elopements

Couple standing in a garden kissing

There are several key differences between a traditional wedding and an elopement:

  1. Size: Traditional weddings typically involve a larger number of guests, while elopements are often limited to just the couple or a small group of loved ones.
  2. Venue: Traditional weddings often take place at a formal venue such as a hotel or banquet hall, while elopements can take place anywhere from a mountain peak to a city hall.
  3. Formality: Traditional weddings tend to be more formal and often follow a specific schedule of events, such as a cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing. Elopements are often more casual and can be personalized to suit the couple’s preferences.
  4. Cost: Traditional weddings are often more expensive than elopements, due to the larger guest list, venue rental, catering, and other expenses. Elopements can be more affordable since they involve fewer guests and fewer formalities.
  5. Planning: Traditional weddings often require months of planning and coordination, while elopements can be planned in a shorter amount of time and with less stress.
  6. Focus: Traditional weddings often have a focus on entertaining guests, while elopements focus more on the couple and their love for each other.

Ultimately, the choice between a traditional wedding and an elopement is a personal one that depends on the couple’s preferences, budget, and priorities. Both types of weddings can be beautiful and meaningful in their own ways.




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