COVID has halted many couples’ wedding plans. As an alternative, consider these tips on how to plan a stylish elopement.
written by Charisse Bruin of Charisse Styles, the curator of the styled shoot.
Want all the elements (well, most) of a wedding, but for your intimate ceremony or elopement? Well, you can have it! You can have a beautiful intimate ceremony, that is personable and stylish – all you have to do is scale. Instead of having an entire wedding theme including a big wedding party, scale your theme to just the bride, groom, and decor. Remain true to your personal aesthetic or venture out and be creative. Here are some tips to help you plan a stylish elopement:
The theme will tie together all of the elements for the intimate ceremony. Whether ,like Bohemian, Luxurious old Southern Victorian all of your design elements will follow your theme.
When determining your wedding dress or tux, think outside of the box. This is an intimate ceremony – you do not need a custom gown or tuxedo unless that is your personal preference. Our Southern Victorian theme was easy to style using lace for the bride and plaid and linen for the groom to personify the country and traditional themes found in the South. Best of all, most bridal boutiques will have dresses available off the rack at a discounted rate. Grooms can easily find trousers or a sports coat at any men’s shop or online. Anything ill-fitting? Some dry-cleaners- where you may take your dress- offer alterations.
Your decor can include tablescapes, personal keepsakes and desserts. Utilizing decor or accessories from your personal collection, such as vases, lounge chairs or photographs, is an easy way to incorporate your personal style. Or, consider borrowing or renting a vintage piece for a few hours. You can also decorate your tablescapes with your desserts – cookies or cupcakes, if you so choose.
The great thing about an intimate ceremony is that you will not need a LARGE floral budget. For elopements, you only need a bouquet at most. If you are opting for an intimate ceremony, you can purchase a few dozen stems and greenery for additional decorations. I opted for greenery to capture the woodsy feel you find in the South – lots of trees, grass and moss.
You may have a private/intimate ceremony or elopement for a few reasons, but whatever the reason, please source an incredible photographer. They can capture moments that you can share publicly, while you maintain your privacy! The photographer will also capture the details of your planning, creating beautiful memories for you to share for generations.
Charisse is a Southern based wardrobe, editorial and bridal stylist. You can find out more about her business at charissestyles.com.
- All Styling and Creative Direction: Charisse Bruin
- Photography: Destiny Creations Photography
- Models: Weslyn Bowers & David Johnson
- Hair and Makeup: Verando Marshall
- Dress & Florals Design: Ivory + Beau
- Cake: Tiers of Savannah
- Cookies and Desserts: Delectable Desserts
- Furniture: Savannah Vintage Rentals
- Venue: The Clyde Venue