Wow, 2020 has been quite a year and it seems to never end. With the restrictions on weddings continuing to get tighter, intimate ceremonies are elopements are on the rise in popularity. But what exactly is the difference between an intimate wedding and an elopement? Knowing the difference can help you in your communication to your wedding vendors in what to expect on your day and to help you in your planning process!
What is an elopement versus an intimate wedding?
The definition of an elopement is: To run away secretly with the intention of getting married usually without parental consent. An elopement is usually just the couple but more modernly has added in a few guests such as parents or best friends. Elopements are usually not planned out very far in advance, but more of a last minute event. They are often done in a different location from where one might live, a destination event. Elopements are usually the only event, there is no reception.
An intimate wedding is simply a wedding, but with a much smaller guest list. Often between 20-75 guests is considered an intimate wedding. Intimate weddings also often have a reception at a later date with a larger guest list. They are planned out farther in advance and include all of the normal wedding traditions such as first dances and cake cutting.
Stay up to date on the current COVID-19 restrictions for your area.You can check out my COVID-19 resource Guide which is frequently updated with current wedding restrictions. But also be sure to check out your local state guidelines and the CDC’s website. As of July 24th 2020, Washington state’s restrictions are as follows: Ceremonies are permitted with a max capacity of 30 guests or 20% capacity indoors, whichever is smaller and receptions are prohibited.