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If You're Thinking About Eloping, Here's What You Should Know

Refinery29 Logo By Natalie Gontcharova of Refinery29 | Slide 1 of 6: <p>This story was originally published on August 31, 2017.</p><p>It's expensive and time-consuming to host 150 people for a sit-down dinner, no matter how many <a href="http://www.refinery29.com/wedding-guest-money-saving-tips">cost-saving measures</a> you employ for your wedding. Maybe you'd rather spend your wedding money on a <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/fashion/weddings/spending-the-wedding-funds-on-a-house-downpayment-or-vacation.html">downpayment for a house.</a> Or <a href="http://twentytwowords.com/this-couple-hiked-mount-everest-to-get-married-and-yes-the-photos-are-incredible/3/">hike a big mountain</a> and say your vows in seclusion. For a number of reasons, it's no wonder more and more people are tempted to elope.</p><p>Jennifer MacFarlane, a wedding photographer in Bushwick, Brooklyn, who cofounded the company <a href="https://elopingisfun.com/">Eloping Is Fun</a>, told <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/12/fashion/weddings/fabulous-wedding-eloping.html?mcubz=0&_r=0">The New York Times</a> that the couples she works with "want something more laid-back, and there's this very punk-rock feeling about being married like this in New York City."</p><p>Or anywhere else, for that matter. Elopements aren't what they used to be: clandestine, quick, quite possibly in Vegas. These days, couples are personalizing their elopements, holding their ceremonies in <a href="http://www.refinery29.com/where-to-elope">ever-more exotic locales</a>, and maybe even inviting a few guests. It's just cheaper and less work overall — perfect if you hate wedding-planning with a passion.</p><p>But you still need to get your paperwork in order and work out a few logistics. Ahead, read everything you need to know if you're thinking of eloping.</p>

This story was originally published on August 31, 2017.

It's expensive and time-consuming to host 150 people for a sit-down dinner, no matter how many cost-saving measures you employ for your wedding. Maybe you'd rather spend your wedding money on a downpayment for a house. Or hike a big mountain and say your vows in seclusion. For a number of reasons, it's no wonder more and more people are tempted to elope.

Jennifer MacFarlane, a wedding photographer in Bushwick, Brooklyn, who cofounded the company Eloping Is Fun, told The New York Times that the couples she works with "want something more laid-back, and there's this very punk-rock feeling about being married like this in New York City."

Or anywhere else, for that matter. Elopements aren't what they used to be: clandestine, quick, quite possibly in Vegas. These days, couples are personalizing their elopements, holding their ceremonies in ever-more exotic locales, and maybe even inviting a few guests. It's just cheaper and less work overall — perfect if you hate wedding-planning with a passion.

But you still need to get your paperwork in order and work out a few logistics. Ahead, read everything you need to know if you're thinking of eloping.

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