Today, we’re going to be looking at wedding announcements after eloping, and the best way to go about it. Eloping is far more common than you might think! Whether you’re looking for an intimate ceremony, or you simply don’t want others at your wedding – it’s entirely your choice.
But making an announcement about your elopement may be something you’re worried about. After all, most people in life love a wedding! It’s not something that your family and friends may agree with, but here are some ideas on how to do it – and tips and tricks to make it as fun (and easy!) as possible.
How To Announce Elopement
There are no guidelines or etiquette on when or how you should announce your elopement, but here are some things to think about when making your decision as newlyweds.
- Don’t Rush It. You’ve likely chosen to elope as an intimate experience with your partner. If this is something you want to keep between yourselves for a day, a week, even a year – that’s entirely down to you. So only share your news when you feel completely ready.
- You Can Keep It Casual. Society will tell you that you need to make a huge deal about your new marriage, but if you don’t want to – you don’t have to! If you want to invite your parents around and tell them around takeout and a bottle of wine, go for it! It doesn’t have to be an extravagant announcement.
- Announce via Post. Most couples like to send an announcement to their nearest and dearest via mail. Including a photo from your wedding is a super cute idea, and it’s also a great time to send to invite guests to your reception if you choose to have one.
- Announce on Social Media. A simple Instagram post or Facebook status will be enough for everyone else in your life. You can even update your relationship status to “married” – that will certainly get the message across!
Elopement Announcement Ideas
One of the most common ways to announce is on social media. You can choose to do this in a range of ways – let’s take a look at some of our favorites.
Buying a personalized sign is one of the cutest ways to announce (in my opinion), and it gets the message across clearly to everyone in your life. You can use any of the following phrases – just choose whichever suits you most as a couple. Whether you’re casual, romantic, or wanting something extravagant, here are a few ideas:
- “We Do, We Did, We Eloped”. There are lots of signs like this, that come with personalized names and dates. It really does get straight to the point!
- A Romantic Quote. Choose your favorite quote from a rom-com or book and put it on a chalkboard. Take a photo with it in your wedding outfits. It’s a super cute, romantic gesture.
- “We Eloped! #NotPregnant”. If your nearest and dearest suspect that something is happening, a lighthearted way of doing it is with a sign with those words. It will leave a smile on everyone’s face.
- “Nothing Fancy, Just Love”. This is a simple way to show your family and friends that you weren’t looking for anything fancy at your wedding – you simply just wanted to love one another. It’s a gorgeous way of sharing your news.
- Scrabble Tiles. If I had eloped, this would be my choice. I’m a huge writer and bookworm. So I’d spell out “We Eloped” in scrabble tiles, with our wedding rings in the backdrop. It’s a super adorable idea.
- “Just Married” banner. Is it any clearer than this? A way to show off your rings, holding up a banner to tell everyone the news!
- “Mr. and Mrs. cards”. Whether you’re Mr. and Mr., Mr. and Mrs., or Mrs. and Mrs., holding up cards with your new title will make it pretty clear that you’re now newlyweds!
You may be looking for wording to use on your announcements or invitations to your upcoming reception and there are lots of ways to do this. The best way to grab everyone’s attention is to use a photo from your wedding, particularly if it was a formal elopement! However, if you want to keep your photos private, you can always use big font to celebrate the news.
Some wording you may like to use on your announcements are:
- “Happily Ever After…Party”. It’s the perfect way to showcase that your wedding has taken place, but the after-party (or reception) is now happening.
- “We Do. We Did. Eloped”. This works for a sign, or on an announcement.
- “Nothing Fancy, Just Love”. Another quote that works well for both. This is a good quote to use alongside a wedding photo. Simple but stunning.
- “We Eloped”. It can be a message as simple as that, with the date underneath.
- “You’re Not Invited”. This is great for a lighthearted, funny announcement. It’s a good way to surprise your family and friends – and will certainly get a laugh out of everyone that receives one!
- “We Tied the Knot”. You can use this on its own, or add “Let’s Celebrate!” afterwards if you’re having a reception.
You can find more wording and examples for announcements here.
I hope this article has helped you become more comfortable with wedding announcements after eloping and ways you can share your news on your own terms. Whether you decide to make a big announcement or keep it more private – it’s entirely up to you. And you should only do what you feel comfortable with. Society will tell you that you need to share your news with the world, and you absolutely don’t!
Did you elope? Or are you planning too? I would love to know how you made your announcement to your friends and family. If you did, please feel free to let me know any ideas or suggestions in the comments below.
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