Elope in Greece vs a Traditional Wedding | Pros & Cons

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Elope in Greece vs a Traditional Wedding


Elope vs a Traditional Wedding | Pros & Cons

Sometimes, couples get a little bit confused about what an elopement is.

We will see the differences between elopements and traditional weddings—the pros and cons in each case.

But let’s start from the beginning.



1. Wedding Planning in Greece

Typically, an elopement does not have nearly as much planning.

There’s either just a couple or a tiny amount of people. It’s generally just a shorter celebration.

It is mostly only ceremony portraits and then some dinner.

Possibly, whether you want to photograph a smaller, more intimate affair.


Α lot of elopements are planned for 2-3 months or, in some cases, 2-3 weeks.

It’s something that is not going to take as much time to plan as a traditional wedding.

Instead, planning a traditional wedding takes at least 6 months to 2 years.

A big plus to elopement!



2. Wedding Budget 

Elopements are usually going to be a lot more cost-effective.

You can get away with a much lower budget since you do not have to pay for many things.

You do not have to spend money on rentals and all these chairs.


Also, forget about the huge cost of a bridal dinner for 300+ guests.

The difference in finances is chaotic.

Invest in your photographer and the destination.


Another big plus to elopement!



3. Wedding Day Timeline

We usually have more than eight hours of coverage for a traditional wedding.

Also, we need to have to be on time.


On an elopement day instead, a little bit of getting ready if you want it,

Then, there is the ceremony, couples portraits, and a little bridal dinner.



4. Couple’s Portrait Location

There isn’t enough time to go to a separate location for portraits with a traditional wedding.

Sometimes, we have 10-30 minutes for your portrait session.


But for an elopement, we can go anywhere if you want to book me for 4 hours and it’s like no dinner.

That’s gonna be awesome! So, we have a lot of flexibility when traveling to different portrait locations.


You might be more bound to the day’s timeline at a traditional wedding.

It would be a bit rude for your guests to wait 1 or 2 hours to go out and take your portraits.



5. Bridal dinner & Reception

Another thing you can do if you want to elope, but also there are people in your family or

your friends who want to celebrate are going to your destination elope in Santorini, for example.


After that, you can plan a little dinner party or a mini reception for the guests who weren’t invited.

That’s something that you can do.  I have seen a lot of couples do that.


I had a couple from Istanbul who married in Athens and had an elopement.

When they returned to their country, they held a reception for all the people they had not invited.

There are always many options that you can do depending on your budget and your preferences.

Final Thoughts

I think elopement has many benefits, but either way, both elope & traditional is fun.

Elopements usually occur on a shorter day and are way more relaxed and stress-free for everyone.


Some people want less fuss, fewer people to deal with, or no people at all!

And others want to be around everyone and celebrate until the morning after.


Also, elopement and micro weddings are a solution to the limitations that exist regarding COVID-19.

A final thought is eloping, or tradition doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is your love.

There is no right or wrong. Do what your heart tells you.


Santorini, Mykonos, and the other Greek islands are perfect for your big day.

It is one of those genuinely magical experiences you will never forget. Live your dream as loudly as possible!


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