The prospect of forgoing the fuss and muss of a tremendous wedding in favor of a quiet elopement may make many couples fall for an infinitely more intimate nuptials, but the rest of the family often doesn't share the same sentiment. But when a couple announces their engagement, their loved ones often anticipate a great celebration in which they can share the couple's joy. So what happens when the couple in question doesn't wish to host a lavish affair? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to satisfy parents who simply detest the idea of an elopement.
There are an infinite amount of options between the throwing an over-the-top 300+ person celebration and an elopement. If you have your heart set on an elopement, you may consider adding a subsequent reception for friends and family after your "I dos". The small scale of your vows will satisfy your need for an unpretentious and romantic wedding, while a large reception will allow your loved ones to join in the revelry.
You may also think about expanding your elopement to include immediate family members. Whisking away close relatives on an overseas adventure will maintain the adventurous spirit of the event and appease your nearest and dearest.
If neither option seems particularly enticing, contemplate jumping on the two-weddings trend, in which jet-setting couples host two ceremonies in two separate locations. Duos intent on an elopement can plan one petite ceremony and one larger soiree which will include friends and family.