Comments on: CHICAGO ELOPEMENT http://www.greylikesweddings.com/inspiration-shoots-and-boards/chicago-elopement/ A Wedding Blog by Grey Likes. Love Well Styled. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:22:17 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Sage Green, White Anenomes & Mercury Silver Wedding Inspiration http://www.greylikesweddings.com/inspiration-shoots-and-boards/chicago-elopement/#comment-46543 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:06:54 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=21039#comment-46543 [...] unknown via Inspired By This | Scott Lawrence Photography via Inspired By This | Eric Kelley via Grey Likes Weddings | Aaron Delesie via Snippet & Ink | Heather Kincaid Photographer via Style Me Pretty | Sherris [...]

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By: Deep Freeze: Icy Looks for Your Winter Wedding | Love Notes from Lover.ly http://www.greylikesweddings.com/inspiration-shoots-and-boards/chicago-elopement/#comment-39508 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 14:14:07 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=21039#comment-39508 [...] by: Eric Kelley via Grey Likes Weddings via [...]

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By: Flowers from Amsterdam ✈ Sweet Succulents | Fly Away Bride http://www.greylikesweddings.com/inspiration-shoots-and-boards/chicago-elopement/#comment-37782 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:09:32 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=21039#comment-37782 [...] Eric Kelley, Lora Kelley, Mallory Joyce and Vale of Enna via Grey Likes Weddings [...]

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By: Sarah http://www.greylikesweddings.com/inspiration-shoots-and-boards/chicago-elopement/#comment-37005 Sat, 08 Sep 2012 06:50:52 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=21039#comment-37005 This is an absolutely beautiful inspiration shoot, but I have to say there is nothing about this that reflects what couples typically have in mind, certainly from a budgeting standpoint, when they elope, even those who are being creative with an elopement, and not just going to marriage court.

In over 2 decades of working with all kinds of couples, weddings big and small, including many elopements, I have yet to see an eloping bride wear an Oscar de la Renta gown or Manolo Blahnik heels, or need a suite of custom designed paperies. The bouquet is gorgeous, but looks like at least $125-$150 arrangement to me, which is a range few eloping couples would be budgeting for.

Quite frankly, this feature seems to completely fly in the face of why couples elope in the first place. We’ve had lawyers, doctors, and other affluent professionals elope, and while they could afford the luxury details shown here, these couples choose not to spend lavishly on a wedding because they have different priorities and elect to elope. Sorry, but I get a little bit tired of these kinds of inspiration posts, which surely inspire many with the visuals, but can easily make so many typical couples planning elopements feel like they are inadequate or question their whole idea of eloping in the first place, which is a poor message to send to couples, IMO. Why not call it a small wedding inspiration shoot? I don’t see why this was thought of as an elopement at all. Don’t be afraid to show the diversity that exists out there in the real world. We get that your aim as a wedding blog is to inspire, so you want to show special weddings, but this inspirational shoot is just way over the top for any elopement.

There are several things here that would not even be available for couples from service providers. Would this rather large venue be willing to pay their staff and rent their space for only 2 people to use? Could the couple rent only one set of luxury quality linens, tableware and decor items from the rental company? No, all rental companies have minimums far beyond that. Completely unrealistic.

So, this means the couple would have to purchase everything shown here on their own to make the same kind of elopement they see here, and just maybe the venue would let them use the space on a weekday. Maybe some couples would do this, but it just seems so far outside-the-box that it would be impractical for most eloping couples.

Besides, Rockford (where this venue is located) is like 95 miles west from Chicago, nearly 2 hours away. They are their own metro area. It is closer to Madison, Wisconsin for Pete’s sake.

It would be great if your blog featured more real elopements. Real couples are coming up with pretty cool ideas for them these days.

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By: Kelly Sauer http://www.greylikesweddings.com/inspiration-shoots-and-boards/chicago-elopement/#comment-36730 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:37:00 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=21039#comment-36730 The table for two just makes me happy…

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By: Andrea Pitter http://www.greylikesweddings.com/inspiration-shoots-and-boards/chicago-elopement/#comment-36272 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:41:27 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=21039#comment-36272 Those shoes are absolutely everything. I mean everything

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By: Lora Kelley http://www.greylikesweddings.com/inspiration-shoots-and-boards/chicago-elopement/#comment-36264 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 00:07:17 +0000 http://www.greylikesweddings.com/?p=21039#comment-36264 Always love being on here!! : )

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