Why You Need to Hire Mae&Co to Plan & Style Your Elopement
What is an elopement?
It’s a question that gets asked of us almost on the daily; by our family, our friends, potential clients and even the occasional UBER driver.
Once upon a time, an elopement was two humans in love, running off in secret to tie the knot. They could be eloping for many reasons such as: family turmoil, financial struggles, time constraints, one wild night… you get it. Sometimes they would go to the courthouse, other times they would end up in Vegas… or at least that’s what you see in movies.
But that’s not the least of it these days.
In this day and age, an elopement is so much more than a quick, non-planned, non-adventurous sign of a paper. An elopement now can mean a million things - from just you and your partner hiking to the top of a mountain to say your vows in private because you don’t want 200 people watching you, to inviting the 10 most important people in your life to join you for a weekend getaway on a remote island and tying the knot knowing that you’re getting to share this moment with your favorite humans.
Those are just a couple examples of the ways you can make this elopement dream come to life. And while you might think, It’s just the two of us… I guess I can just figure out where to go and how to get there and where to sleep and how to get flowers and what I want for dinner and where to buy champagne and where to get plates and what time the sun sets and how long the trek to that mountain is and who will take my photos and who will make my dinner table look beautiful and ….
You might also just hire us to take care of all of that for ya.
Yes, it’s a common misconception that elopements take zero planning. But in fact - you might be surprised to know that our elopement packages, on average, take nearly the same amount of hours planning as our full design weddings back home. (imagine how much work goes into our full designed international weddings)
So what exactly do you do?... you might ask. Well, let us break it down for you. By the end of this blog, you will hopefully have a better understanding of not just what goes into planning and styling an elopement but also why we love what we do and why you should not hesitate to bring Mae&Co on board for your epic love adventure.
Number One. Travel Experience.
This might seem like a duh factor but traveling is not always easy. In fact, unless you’re a celebrity or enjoy cruise ships - it’s almost never “easy”. And traveling to have a wedding... even less easy.
Our team, collectively, has over 30 years traveling experience and has been to more than 40 countries. We’ve spent time in places such as Greece, Thailand, China, Italy, Morocco, Columbia, Egypt, Slovenia, Canada, Australia - you get it.
We’ve traveled rough and cheap and have had to figure out how to get from one country to another on just a couple dollars and the single bag on our backs. We’ve had to learn how to think on our toes and if we wanted to see something - we figured out how to make it happen even if that meant studying a map, time tables, bus schedules, currency conversions and different languages.
Not to say this is how we always travel but the point is - we know what we are doing. And when you are traveling to a new country, city or town - it’s important that you have someone with knowledge to guide you. There’s a lot of logistics that go into “let’s hike that mountain at sunrise to say our vows and then come back in time to have a beautifully styled lunch at our airbnb and then head to the beach for sunset photos”. Understanding flights, hotels, cultures and new terrains are all a huge part of finding the right person to help you plan your elopement.
Number Two. Location Scouting.
Ah yes, how important it is to find the perfect location. Because you really can’t just find a google image and transport yourself there. You have to do research... a lot of it.
You have to find perfect places, figure out where they are, book the cutest lodging nearby, know how you’re getting from one spot to the other and how long that takes, what the weather will be like, what time the sun sets and then… you have to have a back up option (or 3) just in case you show up and the epic lake you found on Pinterest, 300 other people also found and they all want selfies on the same day, at the same time that you want to say your vows.
Not only do we take care of all that research, find you the best locations with the best weather next to the best lodging - but we will always be on site at least 2 days before your elopement to make sure your dream spot is everything you hoped it would be.
And if it’s not - we will find you something better. It’s not unlike us to drive for 8 hours in one day to find the perfect ceremony spot for one of our couples - “a view but not too steep of a cliff, soft enough to walk barefoot but not sandy or dirty, close to the water but not too windy, a hike but not enough to sweat”… you got it!
Number Three. Vendors.
Oh yeah! Those!
Even though your elopement will undoubtedly be less stressful than a full blown wedding - you still might want your hair and make up done, or a catered meal at the end of the day, or a florist to create an epic bouquet for your photos… and how bout that photographer to actually capture all the beauty and adventure you’re about to embark on?
Finding vendors you want to work with abroad can be a tricky thing. But luckily, we have traveled to many countries and states doing elopements for years and we can find you vendors just about anywhere. And if we can’t find them - we will learn how to do your favorite up-do or help you put your eye lashes on. Heck, we’ve even cooked a pizza dinner for a 12 person elopement before. We really will stop at nothing to make your dream day come true.
Number Four. Get Adventurous.
Have we mentioned we like to travel? Well we do. And you may or may not know this about us but Johnny doesn’t feel like he’s truly experienced a place until he’s summited a mountain there.
Okay that might be a slight over exaggeration but the point is - we like to get a little dirty and work extra hard to see the places that not everyone else gets to see. Our team is extremely active and knows about different terrains, how to pack for trekking, what to eat, what to avoid and how to use everything in our first aid kits.
Do you want something different and unique? So do we. And we will bring all the dehydrated meals and trek as many miles as we need to in order to get you the adventure of a lifetime. If outdoors is what you’re looking for, let us be your guide.
Number Five. Making it beautiful.
The one that sometimes gets put on the back burner (though it doesn’t have to!). Just because you don’t want to have a $10,000 venue and a $8,000 rental bill and a $15,000 floral budget doesn’t mean you have to skimp on all the pretty things that make your wedding day unique and special to you.
There’s something to be said for getting to say your vows with your best friends and family surrounding you and then get to walk out to a beautifully designed and styled tablescape for you to enjoy your first dinner as a married couple at.
From your plates to your napkins, menus to the florals and candles going down the center of the table - we will personally curate and source ALL of it for you.
Whether we are packing an 80lb bag full of items purchased back home or we are scouring the markets in Marrakech just days before - we want your day to be as beautiful as you’ve always dreamed. So while you might want to skimp on your guest count, don’t skimp on the beautiful details that are important to you, because you don’t have to.
As you can see, just in this brief blog post - there is so much more to an elopement than what the meets the eye. It’s not always just booking a flight and saying “I do”. And we can be there for you from start to finish.
On that note - it’s so important to us that we stress to anyone out there thinking of eloping; this is your day. This is the day you are proclaiming your love and commitment to your one and only and while your friends and family are, no doubt, so important - this day gets to be about you and what you want.
Eloping doesn’t need to be about the family drama or the busy schedules or having a “budget wedding” - it’s about have a different wedding; without the stress, without the weird dynamics and without the same place settings you’ve seen a million times.
Maybe you end up spending the same amount that you would have for a 100 person wedding back home - but instead, you get to fly your 6 best friends to Greece with you to spend a week, say your vows on a cliff side and get to eat dinner together with an insanely beautiful and uniquely styled dinner party at the end of the night … what an experience that would be. And aren’t genuine and beautiful experiences worth more than any dollar amount?