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Cost to Elope in 2021! Now You Know :-D

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When comparing the COST OF A WEDDING versus the COST TO ELOPE in 2021…

..Remember your elopement is special because of the things you love, that excite you, and, that have meaning to you –NOT–your cost to elope…

So as you calculate how much you might spend on your dream elopement, there are lots of ways to streamline and prioritize, and, lots of ways to trim down things that are more common in traditional weddings that you may not want (or need!) in your adventurous story 🙂 

 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/have heard 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 2021

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 2021?

From a $150 courthouse session to an epic 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!
$38,700 — Traditional Wedding
$21,143 — Elopement “Us Two + the Crew” family elopement
$18,201 — 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 2019 Wedding Cost Survey report 😉

I’ll keep an eye out for 2020 data, but given what a wild ride it was with COVID-19, its possible we won’t get updated date cost traditional wedding cost estimates for last year–it was definitely not a normal year!

Side note:  Are you are 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. <3  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 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 build your own adventurous elopement?!?  Let’s do it! Email me here and lets 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


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About Kate...

I put  my photography, obsessive planning, and all I’ve learned in my life + business + travels to work as an accomplice & adventure concierge for elopements of all kinds. 
Freeing couples just like you to have an adventurous wedding unlike any other!



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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!

Let's build your elopement adventure!



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