Elaborate elopements-costing anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000-are on the rise, according to a new article in the New York Times. Couples are choosing to avoid hosting guests in favor of glorified photo shoots that capture just the two of them. Picture: fantasy settings (farmhouse, mountaintop ice skating rink, private riverboat), fairytale elements (setting off sparklers, hiring flower girls to carry lanterns), and even a miniature three-layer cake to top off the celebration. Of course, all this would not be possible without a small army of wedding pros, who are there to capture the entire spectacle; not for children and grandkids down the road, but for digital bragging rites, admittedly.
Many couples elope because they can't deal with the emotional and financial stress of planning a full-scale wedding, or they want to whittle down all of the superficial details to focus on what really matters-entering this joyous stage of life as husband-and-wife. Most of the brides quotedRead More »from Would You Spend $10,000+ to Elope?