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Lifelong “sporto.” Traveler. Organized optimist. Adventure accomplice.  And, with my whole soul, I believe that you and your partner should marry in a way that feels like you. SO... Four years ago, I completely reworked my photography business to honor that vision. I changed course so that you can too.  Ready to explore eloping?!  Let's Chat!
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Cost to Elope in 2023!

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When comparing the COST OF A WEDDING versus the COST TO ELOPE in 2023…

Remember your elopement is special because you’re doing things your way, filling your wedding experience with things you love, and creating memories that excite you…NOT because of the cost to elope…

As you calculate how much you will spend on your ideal elopement, keep in mind that there are tons of ways to streamline, prioritize, and trim down things that are common in traditional weddings to create the adventure story you want! 🙂 Or–and maybe even more importantly!– you’ll find things that you may prioritize MORE highly because you are choosing to adventure instead!

My clients will attest that they hear me say this a MILLION times:

We will do whatever is right for YOU as our first priority.  This is YOUR story.

So even though something may show up on this list for elopements, it doesn’t have to be something for you! And equally, if there’s something you absolutely want to do or have for your elopement, but it’s not on the list, ADD IT IN:-D  Build for what you love–you have full permission to ditch the rest 😉

Cost to Elope Data for 2023

While the breakdown comparison for each “wedding” item (think florals, venue costs, food, etc) are detailed below, here’s the gist:

What is the difference in cost between eloping and a traditional wedding in 2023?

Using Elopement Packages with me as foundation for a $150 courthouse session to an epic multi-day elopement & honeymoon adventure built into one, like a traditional wedding, the cost of your elopement can vary greatly depending on what you build into it.

Estimated Total for a Bells & Whistles Wedding Experience!
$41,409 — Traditional Wedding
$22,623 — Elopement “Us Two + the Crew” family elopement
$19,475 — Elopement for “Just Us Two”
What goes into each of these costs??? How can I spend less? See detailed breakdowns below!

The data on Traditional Wedding Average costs is courtesy of our friends over at the hub of traditional, The Knot, from their Wedding Cost Survey report.

Side note:  Are you a spreadsheet nerd like me, and want ALL this data in an Excel/Numbers/Google Sheets version so you can build and adjust your own elopement costs & budget?  YES! I see you, boo. ❤️️ Read through & then ping me at the details at the bottom of the post to get your very own copy! 😄

So, without further ado, let’s build your adventure, shall we?!?  🥳️ 

Browse the categories below, and click on the “Expand for More Details!” link to see the rest of the comparison!

Ceremony + Reception venue:

Wedding photographer:

Wedding / Event planner:

Reception DJ / Entertainment:

Floral Designer / Florals:

Elopement floral options by Succulents for Hire.jpg


Wedding Garments:

A bride rock climbs in a white romper as a non-dress option for an adventure elopement

Wedding Cake:


Rehearsal Dinner:


Wedding favors & Wedding Party Gifts:

Engagement ring:

Enso silicone wedding rings for an adventure elopement are stacked with a diamond engagement ring over a paper with the vows and the bouquet



Makeup artist (MUA):


A couple plays in waves in the ocean with their adventure elopement photographer catching their surprise as a huge wave crashes over them

And that’s a wrap on your Cost To Elope summary!

Did I miss any costs for traditional weddings vs elopement comparison you want to know about?  Looking to get a copy of the Cost to Elope Comparison & Planning tool for your own use?!  Awesome!  Share your contact info here so I can send the tool your way, or, let you know when the post is updated with data requested!

OR, are you ready to build your own adventurous elopement?!?  Let’s do it! Please email me here and let’s get the ball rolling!

And, if you loved this list + info, share it with a friend or on your socials!  Sharing is caring, and, ALL couples deserve to know what other amazing wedding options are out there!  Happy Adventuring!

XOXO, Kate

I’m so intrigued! What did some elopements look like with the above prices?

See some real couples adventure elopements here:
Hiking Elopement + Waterfall Vows
Intimate Family Elopement
Ultimate Alaskan Elopement

Hi! I’m Kate, 

and I’m in your corner.

Lifelong “sporto.” Traveler. Organized optimist. Adventure accomplice.

With my whole soul, I believe that you and your partner should marry in a way that feels like you.   SO... Four years ago, I completely reworked my photography business to honor that vision.  To create a safe space for couples to create a wedding experience that feels right.

I changed course so that you can too.

Freeing couples to get married exactly how they want to, with no limits on what that looks like.   Is that bold?!?  Maybe, but you're ready!  

Reach out below and let's get started🙌

Let's build your elopement adventure!