Wedding Planning

Eloping in North Carolina

I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed over the past decade, more and more couples are eloping in North Carolina! The more intimate, low-key wedding vibe is all the rage these days. If you’re engaged and planning your wedding, here are some insights when it comes to eloping in North Carolina.

Elopement photographer in North Carolina. Brooke Grogan Photography.

Locations to elope in NC:

North Carolina has an ENDLESS supply of locations to elope. From the mountains to the coast, you’re sure to find the ideal location for your North Carolina elopement. Here are some location ideas to give you some ideas:

Asheville, NC

Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Chapel Hill, NC

Raleigh, NC

Beaufort, NC

Wilmington, NC

Sunset Beach, NC

Why elope?

One piece of advice I would give my former self as I was wedding planning would be, “keep it small.” The more you have going on, the more distracted you are. The more distracted you are, the less you remember. Your mind is constantly racing on your wedding day unless you’re super chill! Eloping is a great way to keep the wedding small and memorable. 

When you look back on your wedding day, what do you want to remember? I would imagine you’d say you want to remember as much as possible. When you elope, the distractions and overwhelming elaborate plans aren’t there. Just you and your partner, and maybe a few guests who mean the most to you. At the end of the day, maybe a smaller wedding with the friends and family who are closest to you is all you need. Or, just you and your partner want to be the only ones there – the great thing is, it’s TOTALLY up to you and your partner to decide. Don’t let family and friends get in the way of your ultimate vision for your wedding day. 

Elopement photographer in North Carolina. Brooke Grogan Photography.

NC Wedding vendors to hire:

Even when you have an elopement or small wedding, here are some wedding vendors you’ll still need to hire.

  1. Officiant
  2. Photographer
  3. Videographer
  4. Florist
  5. Bakery
  6. Accommodations 

No matter what you decide to do, do what you and your partner want to do. I cannot stress this enough. Too often I hear about couples who have let their families take control of the wedding vision and lose sight of what’s most important – what does the couple want? While there is nothing wrong with a big wedding, it doesn’t have to be the expectation that all weddings need to be large and over-the-top. 

Elopement photographer in North Carolina. Brooke Grogan Photography.

This gives you a good place to start when doing your research while you’re planning your wedding in North Carolina and making decisions about your wedding plans. 

If you’re looking for a wedding photographer in the Triad area of North Carolina, I’d love to chat with you! Reach out to me by clicking here.



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