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  • Is eloping a good idea for me?
    Deciding whether eloping is a good idea for you depends on your personal preferences and what you envision for your wedding day. Here are a few factors to consider: 1. Intimacy: If you prefer a private and intimate ceremony without the pressures of a big event, eloping can be a great choice. It allows you to focus solely on your partner and the significance of your commitment. 2. Simplicity: If you prefer a simpler and more relaxed wedding experience, eloping can be a fantastic option. It often involves less planning, fewer logistics, and fewer expenses compared to a traditional wedding. 3. Budget: Eloping can be more budget-friendly since you won't have to worry about catering to a large number of guests or booking an elaborate venue. It allows you to allocate your resources towards creating a more personalized experience. 4. Flexibility: Eloping gives you the freedom to choose any location that holds special meaning to you. Whether it's a beach, a mountaintop, or a city park, you have the opportunity to create a truly unique and memorable setting. 5. Family and Friends: Consider how important it is for you to have your loved ones present on your special day. If you desire a smaller gathering or prefer to share the moment intimately with just your partner, eloping might align with your vision. Ultimately, the decision is yours to make. Reflect on your priorities, discuss them with your partner, and determine what will make your wedding day truly special and meaningful for both of you.
  • Can I choose my own location for my elopement?
    Absolutely! One of the fantastic aspects of elopements is the freedom to choose your own location. Unlike traditional weddings that are often tied to specific venues, elopements allow you to select a location that holds personal significance or offers the ambiance you desire. You can opt for a stunning natural setting like a beach, forest, mountain, or a picturesque park. Perhaps there's a place that has sentimental value to you and your partner, such as the spot where you first met or a destination that holds special memories. Some couples even choose unique and unconventional locations like museums, art galleries, or city rooftops.
  • What customizations do you offer for my elopement?
    We offer a number of custom add-ons such as flower bouquet of choice, boutonnieres, cake & champagne, live acoustic music, ceremony arch, custom album, picnic & charcuterie board, sand ceremony, hair & makeup, extra hours of photography, on-site coordinator, and videography!
  • What is an elopement?
    An elopement is a wedding ceremony where the couple chooses to have an intimate and often private celebration, typically without a large number of guests. It's a more personal and low-key alternative to a traditional wedding. Elopements are often known for their simplicity, focusing on the couple's love and commitment while minimizing the elaborate arrangements and formalities associated with larger weddings. It's a wonderful way for couples to create a memorable and intimate experience that truly reflects their relationship.
  • Can I bring any guests to an elopement?
    Absolutely! While elopements traditionally involve a smaller number of guests or even no guests at all, there are no hard and fast rules. You have the freedom to include any guests you wish in your elopement ceremony. It's entirely up to you and your partner to decide who you want to share this intimate moment with. Some couples choose to invite their closest family members or a small group of friends to witness their elopement and provide support. Others may opt for a completely private ceremony with just the couple and an officiant. The beauty of elopements is that they offer flexibility and the ability to personalize your experience according to your preferences.
  • How much money does eloping save me?
    Short answer, A LOT! Most elopement couples spend around $5,000-$10,000 for their elopement which includes all your vendors (officiant, photographer, videographer, flowers, marriage license filing) and travel costs such as hotel, airfare, and transportation. Compared to a traditional full scale wedding which can cost anywhere from $30,000-$100,000 or more! Opting to elope is budget friendly when all you want to do is marry the love of your life!
  • Can I bring my own photographer?
    Yes, 100%! You can always replace one of our professional photographers with one of your own if you prefer their style or would just like to use someone you know. It'll save you a little money too on our packages!
  • What's the difference between an elopement and regular wedding?
    The main difference between an elopement and a regular wedding lies in the scale, formality, and overall approach to the celebration. Here are a few distinctions to consider: 1. Guest List: In a regular wedding, it's common to invite a large number of guests, including extended family, friends, and acquaintances. Elopements, on the other hand, typically involve a significantly smaller guest list or, in some cases, no guests at all. It focuses more on the couple's connection and intimacy. 2. Venue and Setting: Regular weddings often take place in formal venues such as churches, banquet halls, or dedicated wedding venues. Elopements offer greater flexibility in choosing the location. Couples can opt for non-traditional venues like beaches, mountains, parks, or even unique destinations that hold personal significance to them. 3. Formalities and Traditions: Traditional weddings often follow a structured format, including formal ceremonies, processions, speeches, and various rituals. Elopements tend to be more casual and flexible, allowing couples to personalize the experience and prioritize what matters most to them. They can create their own unique vows, ceremonies, and rituals that reflect their personalities and values. 4. Focus and Attention: Regular weddings often require significant attention and coordination to cater to the needs and enjoyment of the guests. Elopements, on the other hand, allow the couple to shift the focus entirely onto themselves, emphasizing their love and commitment in an intimate setting. It provides a more relaxed and private atmosphere to cherish the moment. 5. Planning and Budget: Traditional weddings often involve elaborate planning, from booking venues and vendors to organizing accommodations and catering for a large number of guests. Elopements typically require less planning and can be more budget-friendly since they involve fewer guests and fewer formalities. Ultimately, the choice between an elopement and a regular wedding depends on your preferences, priorities, and the type of experience you desire for your special day. Both options have their unique charm and can be beautiful in their own way.
  • What services does Eloped In Socal offer?
    Eloped In Socal offers a variety of services to make your elopement planning process as seamless as possible. We provide full elopement planning which includes your choice of location, vendor selection, budget management, timeline/itinerary creation, and more. Depending on the package - we already include an officiant, marriage license filing, client happiness specialist, photographer, flower bouquet & boutonniere, videography and custom album. We also offer a number of custom add-ons such as flower bouquet of choice, boutonnieres, cake & champagne, live acoustic music, ceremony arch, custom album, picnic & charcuterie board, sand ceremony, hair & makeup, extra hours of photography, on-site coordinator, and videography!
  • How do I know where to go on the day of?
    Two weeks before your big day, we will send you a very informative email with everything you need to know for your ceremony. The email will include the location & pin drop for the spot you will meet your vendors at, all vendor extended contact information, a broken down detailed timeline, and some tips to ensure you're prepared for your ceremony.
  • Do I get to meet the vendors before my ceremony?
    Chatting with your vendors before your elopement ceremony is not always a requirement, but it can be a valuable option if you would like to establish a personal connection and ensure that everyone is on the same page! Here are a few reasons why you should communicate with your vendors: Photographer/Videographer: It can be extremely beneficial to meet with your photographer or videographer before the ceremony. This allows you to discuss your vision, share specific shot requests, and get comfortable with each other. A conversation over email or a phone call can help ensure that you're aligned in terms of style, expectations, and any specific moments you want captured. Officiant: Having a call with your officiant before the ceremony provides an opportunity to discuss the ceremony script, any personalized vows or rituals, and ensure that they understand your preferences. It allows you to build rapport and create a meaningful connection, which can enhance the overall ceremony experience.
  • Do you send us an itinerary or plan?
    Yes, you will receive a detailed itinerary two weeks before your big day to make sure you know what will be happening at what time! Your vendors will be CCed on this email to make sure everyone is on the same page and well prepared!
  • What is included in the elopement packages?
    Depending on the package - we already include an officiant, marriage license filing, client happiness specialist, photographer, flower bouquet & boutonniere, videography and custom album!
  • What do we need to do to prepare for the big day after booking?
    After booking your elopement, there are a few important things to take care of to ensure a smooth and memorable experience. Here are some key steps to consider: 1. Obtain a Marriage License: Check the requirements for obtaining a marriage license in the location where you plan to elope. Research the necessary documents, identification, and any waiting periods involved. Make sure to complete this process before your elopement date to ensure your marriage is legally recognized. 2. Communicate with Vendors: If you have enlisted the services of vendors such as photographers, officiants, or florists, it's essential to communicate with them in detail. Confirm the date, time, and location of your elopement, and discuss any specific requests or preferences you have. Providing them with a clear vision will help ensure they capture your day perfectly. 3. Create an Itinerary: Plan out the schedule for your elopement day. Decide when and where you want to have the ceremony, any additional activities or photoshoots you want to include, and any special moments you want to incorporate. Having a detailed itinerary will help keep everyone involved on track and make the most of your day. 4. Prepare Personal Vows or Readings: If you plan to exchange personal vows or include special readings during your ceremony, take the time to write or select them in advance. These personalized elements can add meaning and depth to your elopement experience. 5. Consider Logistics and Details: Take care of practical details such as transportation, accommodations, and any permits or permissions required for your chosen location. If you plan to celebrate with a small reception or dinner afterward, make reservations in advance. 6. Pack Accordingly: Depending on your elopement location and any activities you have planned, make sure to pack the necessary clothing, accessories, and essentials. Consider the weather, terrain, and any specific requirements for your chosen location to ensure you have everything you need. Remember, the key to a successful elopement is open communication, attention to detail, and thorough planning. By taking care of these essential preparations, you'll be well on your way to a beautiful and stress-free elopement experience!
  • What is the process of elopement planning with Eloped In Socal?
    Our elopement planning process begins with the consultation and booking of the elopement package you choose. To book your day and time, we will require a non-refundable deposit. Once your deposit is submitted, the planning begins! We will assign our professional vendors to your ceremony date and send you an email to introduce them to you. Part of their job is to put your mind at ease and discuss any preferences you have for your ceremony, photography, and videography. You will receive an itinerary from us so you know what to expect - including a timeline, pin for the meeting location, and all contact information for each vendor. Once your big day is here, all you have to do is show up and our vendors will take care of the rest!
  • Do I need to get a marriage license in the state I am eloping?
    Yes! If you are eloping in California, you will need to take the steps to obtain the marriage license as per CA law. If you live out of state, you can order your marriage certificate off the San Diego County Clerk website and have it shipped/translated to your residing state.
  • How do I obtain my marriage license in San Diego County?
    Ready to elope in San Diego County? Here's what you need to know: Make an appointment: Head to any San Diego County Clerk's office to secure your appointment. Appointments are required for obtaining a marriage license. Offices are open Monday through Friday in San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, and Chula Vista. There's also a Saturday appointment available once a month at the San Diego office on Kearny Mesa Boulevard. You'll receive a confirmation number upon making your appointment. ​ When booking your appointment online, you can conveniently pay for your marriage license using a debit or credit card. If you prefer an in-person appointment, payment methods accepted include debit card, credit card, cash, or money order. The cost of a marriage license is $70. Hold onto your confirmation number: Keep your confirmation number safe in case you need to reschedule your appointment or have any questions for the County Clerk. Remember, after making your appointment, you'll need to decide whether you want a confidential or non-confidential marriage license. A confidential license is considered a private record, available only to the couple. Certified copies of a confidential license are exclusive to the couple. On the other hand, certified copies of a non-confidential license can be obtained by authorized parties. At your appointment, bring your complete marriage license application, photo ID, and any relevant documentation related to previous marriages. Both parties must be present when filing the application. Valid photo identification should include your complete legal name, date of birth, date of issue, expiration date, and a photograph. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license, passport, naturalization certificate, resident alien card, or military ID. If your photo ID doesn't include your full legal name, bring a certified copy of your birth certificate or social security card displaying your full name. For second marriages, bring a certified copy of the divorce, annulment, termination, or death record that ended the previous marriage. Remember to provide the exact date when the marriage or State Registered Domestic Partnership legally ended. Marriage licenses in San Diego are valid for 90 days from the date of issue and allow you to marry anywhere in California. If you can't marry within the 90-day period, you'll need to re-file for a new marriage license. Fortunately, there's no waiting period between obtaining your license and the wedding ceremony. Following the ceremony our trusted officiant will file your signed marriage license with the county and you can request a marriage license certificate through the San Diego County Clerk's website.
  • Are there any specific requirements or waiting periods to get married in San Diego?
    Nope, no waiting around here! Once you've got your marriage license, you're good to go. There's no mandatory waiting period, so you can plan your elopement and tie the knot whenever you're ready. Just remember, the license is valid for 90 days from the date of issue, so make sure to plan within that timeframe.
  • What happens with the marriage license after the ceremony?
    After your elopement ceremony with Eloped in Socal, there are a few important steps to take with your marriage license: Signatures: During the ceremony, you, your partner, and your officiant will need to sign the marriage license. This confirms that the ceremony took place and that the marriage is legally recognized. Officiant's Responsibilities: Your officiant is typically responsible for ensuring that the marriage license is properly completed, signed, and returned to the appropriate government office. They may have specific instructions for returning the license, so it's essential to discuss this with them beforehand. Submission of the License: In most cases, the officiant will submit the signed marriage license to the county clerk's office where you obtained it. They will follow the required procedures to register your marriage and make it official. Obtaining a Marriage Certificate: After the submitted marriage license is processed by the county clerk's office, you can request a certified copy of your marriage certificate. This document serves as legal proof of your marriage and is often required for various purposes, such as changing your last name or updating official records.
  • Are there any local regulations or guidelines we need to be aware of for our ceremony, such as noise restrictions or cleanup requirements?
    Yep, every party's got some rules! Some locations may have noise restrictions, especially if you're planning to crank up the volume. It's always good to keep the peace and respect the guidelines. Also, check if there are any time limits for your chosen location. You wouldn't want to be caught off guard! And of course, leave no trace behind. Make sure to clean up after your ceremony or arrange for responsible cleanup. Let's keep the beauty of San Diego intact!
  • What time of day is best for a San Diego elopement?
    Choosing the right time of day for your elopement ceremony is crucial, especially when it comes to outdoor settings. Since capturing beautiful pictures is a priority, we suggest considering the warm tones and soft lighting that can make your photographs truly magical. To achieve this, we recommend scheduling your ceremony either in the early to late morning or during the early evening. ​ Avoiding mid-day is essential for several reasons. Firstly, the scorching sun can leave you and your guests uncomfortably hot, potentially affecting everyone's enjoyment. Secondly, the direct lighting during mid-day creates harsh shadows, which can be unflattering in photographs and may not showcase your best angles. ​ To determine the ideal timing for your elopement, take a look at the sunrise and sunset times for your chosen date. Planning your ceremony around these hours can ensure that you benefit from the soft, golden light that bathes the surroundings, creating a romantic and picturesque atmosphere. ​ By selecting a time slot that avoids the harsh mid-day sun and embraces the gentle lighting of morning or early evening, you'll not only ensure a more pleasant experience for everyone involved but also enhance the beauty of your elopement photos. So, let the warmth and softness of the light be your guide as you plan your memorable day.
  • How do I plan a destination wedding or elopement with Eloped In Socal?
    Planning a destination wedding or elopement with Eloped In Socal is easy! Just contact us with your vision for your special day and our team of event planners and coordinators will work with you to create the perfect elopement. We will take care of all the little details!
  • Do I need to obtain a permit for the location I chose?
    In short, it depends on the chosen location. Some locations do not require a permit for small events under 20 people, and some do require a permit. A permit is not included in our packages but we will help you through the process in obtaining one!
  • Is the deposit refundable?
    The initial booking deposit is non-refundable. This is because we reserve your day and time when you book, taking it off the table for other couples! We also begin coordinating your vendors and reserving the day for them as well.
  • What payment plans does Eloped In Socal offer?
    Eloped In Socal offers very convenient, customizable payment options. After your submit your initial deposit when booking, we can break down the remaining amount to be paid in installments or in full 2 weeks before your elopement date. If installments work better for you two, you have the option to choose how many payments you would like it split up into and on what days you'd like to pay it. We will send you email reminders on when payments are due! *Note that the amount due must be paid in full 2 weeks BEFORE your ceremony date*
  • When do I need to pay the full amount for my event?
    The full amount is due no later than 14 days prior to the ceremony date!
  • Does Eloped In Socal require a deposit?
    Yes, Eloped In Socal requires a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the total cost of the package. This deposit is to secure the date and services for your event. The deposit is due at the time of booking!
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