Budgeting for an Elopement: How Much Does it Really Cost?

October 9, 2021

One of the most challenging parts of planning a wedding can be determining your budget. The average cost of weddings has continued to rise over the years — the average wedding cost in 2019 was $33,900! As the prices continue to rise, a lot of couples have started to question whether a wedding or an elopement makes the most sense for them. On average, most elopements can range anywhere from $2,500-12,000, but there are quite a few costs to consider. Here’s just a few ideas to help give an estimation of how much you should be budgeting for those big ticket items when it comes to eloping.

Budgeting for an Elopement: How Much Does it Really Cost?
Photo by Onyx and Arrow Photography

Your Elopement Location

Rather than securing a wedding venue for an entire day, we’re usually reserving some elopement locations for just a few hours which can help drive down costs. The cost of location permits can run anywhere from $100-$750 if required for your desired location, including national parks. There are actually some spots that don’t require any paperwork or cost at all!

Budgeting for an Elopement: How Much Does it Really Cost?
Photo by Amber & Co Photography

Florals for Your Elopement

When it comes to elopements, you don’t have to include florals! Some of our couples have kept things minimal, while others have still opted for a stunning floral arch as the centerpiece of their elopement ceremony. It’s truly up to you! If you decide you want to design a custom bouquet with a florist, the pricing can vary based on the flowers you have your heart set on and the size. On average, most bridal bouquets are around $200-$300.  

Budgeting for an Elopement: How Much Does it Really Cost?
Photo by Amber & Co Photography

The Good Stuff, a.k.a the food!

Often our couples elect to have a picnic following their ceremony — we’ll help you plan how it looks and what’s included! Most of our elopement packages include champagne and a cake, so that’s also something you can also cross off the list. Typically we’d recommend budgeting somewhere between $50-$200 for food and beverage costs for an elopement.

Budgeting for an Elopement: How Much Does it Really Cost?
Photo by Ashlyn Savannah Photo

Your Elopement Hair and Makeup

We’ve worked with brides that prefer to go au naturale for their elopement and some that are ready to go full glam. If you’d prefer a professional to do your hair and makeup, costs can be pretty simple. The typical price for bridal makeup is around $150-$250, and bridal hair is around $150-$350 depending on how intricate of a style or if you’re planning to have multiple looks on the day.

Budgeting for an Elopement: How Much Does it Really Cost?
Photo by Jenna Knott Photography

An Elopement Photographer

Most elopement photographers won’t be budgeting for 10 hours of shooting time, a back-up second photographer and capturing all of the intricate aspects of a traditional wedding. On average, you can expect to spend around $2,000-$5,000 on an elopement photographer depending on their experience, if they are required to travel and if you’re having an adventure elopement (i.e. asking them to hike with equipment, etc.).

Budgeting for an Elopement: How Much Does it Really Cost?
Photo by Lianna Marie Photography

We’ve Made Things Easy for You

Now that you have a general idea of the cost of eloping, we’re here to deliver you some good news — we have all-inclusive elopement packages!! Our packages include venue rentals, permitting fees, a bouquet and/or boutonniere, photographer, officiant and more. Plus, there are add-on options available to truly customize your elopement experience! You can learn more about all of our available package options here.

Ready to start planning? We can’t wait to chat with you and plan your Las Vegas Elopement!  

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