If you’re planning an Oregon elopement, you’ve probably Google-searched this question before: How much does it cost to elope in Oregon??
And you’ve probably gotten some general numbers! Or maybe ya haven’t even searched that because when it comes to the money + financial aspect of eloping, you have NO CLUE where to start.
Budget can be one of the most overwhelming parts of elopement planning for many couples, but it doesn’t have to be – I promise!!
So today we’re talkin’ digits. Here’s what I’ll be going through in this blog post:
Let’s get into it – money doesn’t have to be stressful!!
First, I wanted to talk about everything that factors into elopement costs! Because it can be easy to only budget for the big things, and forget about all the little elements. We don’t want you to forget anything, only to realize you have to pay thousands of more dollars at the last minute!
So here is a list of everything I can think of that you’d be likely to spend on your elopement – based on my own elopement and my couples’ experiences!
Not everything on this list will apply to you – so don’t worry if you’re not planning to incorporate ALL of these into your elopement day! It’s just a huge list to make sure you don’t leave anything important out.
My number one tip for budgeting for your elopement is to pick out your top 3-4 priorities! Choose these based on what’s most important to you & what will absolutely MAKE OR BREAK your big day. What’s going to mean the most to you, and therefore you’re totally okay with spending more money on?
Then, be okay with the rest of your vendors/decor/supplies/etc. being at lower packages, DIY, etc.
Let’s say your top priorities are:
Focus the bigger parts of your budget on those three vendors/items. Then, book your other vendors at maybe slightly lower packages, or DIY some of your decor.
Having your priorities straight will help you curate the most special day possible & make sure you have money set aside to confidently spend on what’s most important to you!
Every time you make a purchase or hire somebody for your elopement, do it based on your values + what’s most important to you.
Along the lines of prioritizing what’s most important to you, you want to make sure that every purchase you make is meaningful & because YOU want it.
Are you just hiring this vendor because your mom wants you to? Are you just buying this item because you think you’re “supposed” to for your elopement?
Consider those questions for everything you’re spending money on. This way, everything you put your hard-earned money toward is valuable to you + truly meaningful to your day. Not just something you purchased to go through the motions of wedding planning!
Finally, budget in a way that lets you be flexible. Shit happens, plans change. You want to be mentally, physically, and financially ready for whatever might happen.
Organize your money + elopement budget so that you have some wiggle room in a few different places. That way, you’re prepared if something changes, and you’re not floundering at the last minute to find extra cash!!
Next, let’s get into some elopement cost estimates. I’m going to give you a few of my fav Oregon elopement vendors that I’ve worked with, or ones that I know are awesome. I’ll give you their average package cost, add ‘em all up, and see what the total comes out to!
But please please remember that none of these numbers will fit YOUR elopement perfectly.
YOUR elopement costs will completely depend on things like:
For the numbers geeks out there, tho, I wanted to do a little math!
Let’s say you’re planning an all-day elopement in Oregon, and your priority vendors are your photographer, florist, & hair/makeup.
If you hire:
That brings you to around $10,600 after hiring your top 3 priority vendors.
Maybe your ideal budget is $20,000 – you’ve already got your dream photographer, florist, and hair/makeup artist, so the remaining $10,000ish can be put toward everything else, whether that be DIY materials, lower packages for your other vendors, etc.
This could look like:
And that is TOTALLY doable!!
Speaking of average costs, I LOVE being fully transparent about my pricing!! No hiding anything here – that’s a waste of time for the both of us!
Below you can find my Oregon elopement photography packages with my starting prices!! Reach out here & let’s pick the perfect package for your dream elopement experience!!
Finally, I wanted to include 5 different ways you can save some money on certain parts of your elopement! There are tons of factors that affect these, of course, and they won’t be for every couple. But hopefully, they’ll at least help you get started with brainstorming ways you can save!
Most of my couples choose to elope because they value the elopement EXPERIENCE more than all the money that’s typically spent on material goods at bigger weddings.
Make sure that whenever you make a purchase, you’re not doing it because you feel like you’re “supposed to” or because it’s “tradition.” That’s not going to give you the best elopement experience possible!
Spend your money on experiences that’ll give you memories FOREVER, versus spending them on items that you’ll just keep in storage for the rest of your lives!!
If you’re not dying to spend the evenings surrounding your elopement in a cozy Airbnb, why not opt to go camping instead?! Oregon has SO many amazing locations to elope, y’all!! And since a lot of them are parks + out in nature, there are plentyyyy of campgrounds!
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on multiple nights at an Airbnb where you’ll only use 1-2 of the rooms, make a reservation at a campsite. Sleep under the stars, bring your own camping materials and make s’mores by the fire to end the day. This is SUCH a fun way to continue enjoying the outdoors for your adventure elopement experience!
This is a big one: cut down your guest list as muchhhhh as possible.
For every person you want to invite, ask yourself:
If you answer yes to #2 or #4 up there, DON’T invite them!! It’ll serve you the most emotionally + help create the best elopement experience for you – and it’ll make sure you’re not spending $$ on somebody you don’t truly want there with you.
If you’re eloping somewhere where there’s a decent-sized wedding market, opt to hire local vendors instead of paying others to travel there!
Maybe you’re flying your dream photographer out for your elopement because your photog is a priority for you. For the rest of your vendors/needs, try to find awesome local vendors that you won’t have to pay any travel fees for!
Finally, enlist your closest loved ones to help ya out!! I promise your friends/fam/closest humans will be more than happy to help out in any way they can.
Maybe you can get their help cooking food for your elopement, or maybe somebody has a tux they can lend you! Or maybe your aunt is suuuuper talented with flowers and can do your florals for you!!
PHEW I know that was a lot!! Money talk can be overwhelming, but there are sooo many ways to create your elopement budget in a way that serves you both + helps you create THE BEST elopement experience possible!!
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