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If you landed on the blog you might be considering eloping in Indiana. Or maybe you did a quick Google search on getting married in Indiana? Either way, we are excited you are here! In this blog we will dive in all about the topic, “Elopement Packages Indiana”. Not only will we chat about what an elopement is, we will also discuss why we think elopement interest is growing. Then we will review Indiana Elopements, logistics, sample timelines, and so much more! Let’s jump on in!
Eloping used to be when a couple would run off (without anyone else’s knowledge) to the courthouse, Vegas, or wherever their hearts desired and get married! Modern day, elopements have taken on a different meaning. Most of our couples plan to elope, and tell their family in advance as well. Some invite a select few family and friends, and some elope just by themselves!
The Merriam Webster version states that the definition of an elopement is changing towards “a small destination wedding”. Although we say that it doesn’t necessarally have to be a “destination” it truly can be anywhere!
But we will leave it up to you to define, because after all it is YOUR DAY and you can define it however the heck you want 🙂
During the pandemic we saw elopements and searches for elopements increase. But the truth is, people were eloping prior to COVID. I think the real reason the interest in elopements have continued to rise is because couples want to have a wedding day that celebrates what matters most to them. In addition, it can save you a lot of money that could be spent on a downpayment for a house, paying off student loan debt, etc.
According to an article published by Newsweek on March 6, 2023 some of the top reasons Modern couples chose to elope were:
As you can see, there are a lot of reasons why couples choose to elope! Regardless, it is no surprise that elopements are on the rise!
Having your elopement photographed is the one way to ensure that you’ll have tangible memories that you can forever look back on. Elopements are just as important as big weddings, and they should absolutely be documented!
Each elopement has a story, and our goal is to tell that story, from beginning to end. And after the day is over, you’ll be able to replay the day by looking back at photos from the experience you crafted.
Even if your elopement is just the two of you, sharing the moments with friends and family might be Important to you. Photographs provide a visual narrative that allows others to feel a part of your special day.
Years from now, when you and your spouse are old and grey and the great grandkids are flipping through the photo book you had printed, you are sharing the legecy and history with them. These images literally are a visual legacy and how beautiful will it be when you can share that with them.
Need we say more?!
First off, FALL. In the fall, Indiana has some of the most vibrant colors that we have ever experienced. Imagine hiking through a wooded area with the leaves painted orange, yellow, and red. It is pure magic!
Second, we have some pretty awesome state parks! From Brown County State Park, Turkey Run State Park, Clifty Falls, McCormick’s Creek, to Shades, Indiana isn’t short of great options! And, did you know we even have a National Park in Indiana now?! Indiana Dunes officially became a National Park in February of 2019, and yes you can offically have a “beach elopement” in Indiana! SAY WHAT!?
First, you’ll need a marriage license! To obtain a marriage license in Indiana you’ll need to provide a valid ID (license, passport), and make the required payment. Currently it is $25.00 for Indiana residents and $75.00 for those outside of Indiana.
Once you have applied for the license, you have 60 days to tie the knot! You can even grab your license the same day of your wedding (we don’t have a waiting period!).
Click HERE to read more about the requirements for an Indiana Marriage License.
In 2023 the average cost of an Indiana Wedding according to Wedding Report was $25,000 to 30,000. The average price of an Indiana Elopement can vary but we have found our couples spend about $3,500-$8,000. Much of this depends on the cost of outfits, accommodations, and catering.
Our elopement packages include exactly what you’ll need to help you plan out the perfect day! All packages can be custom made to be tailored to your day and your needs. So included, but not limited to:
1:00- Photogs Arrive- & Detail Photos from the day
2:00– Couple Enjoys Tea Together while playing their favorite board game
2:30-Getting Ready together
3:00- Ceremony & Post Ceremony Activities at The Yurt
3:45 – Leave for Turkey Run
4:15– Couples Portraits & Hiking/Exploring
6:15– Head Back To Yurt
6:45– Dinner Under the Lights and Post Hiking Activities
8:00 Photographers Leave
It is so important to find the right elopement photographer for you! You’ll want to make sure you both see eye to eye and vibe because you’ll be hanging out with them on the most important day of your lives! We suggest doing the following before reaching out to a photog!
We have photographed tons of Indiana Elopements! We are going to share a few that can help inspire you for your wedding day! Checkout their stories and photos below!
We hope that this helped you understand a little more about eloping in Indiana, what it could look like, and some of the logistics that might be included. Whether you’re contemplating an intimate ceremony in the Hoosier State or stumbled upon our blog during a quick Google search on tying the knot in Indiana, we were thrilled to have you along!
We hope we have left you youinspired and equipped with insights to embark on your own elopement adventure in Indiana. Now, if you are ready to hear more about our Elopement Packages in Indiana, reach out by clicking HERE! We’d love to capture your day!
Sam & Bryt