Stressed-Out Americans Embrace Elopement

"Now we're getting people who booked their weddings a year plus in advance," says Dave Foote, a director at the chapel. "It's really planned out," he says, "It's not just 'Let's hop in the car and get married.'"

In Columbia, N.C., The River House has been offering elopement getaway packages for several years. Elopements make up about half the weddings at the bed and breakfast, owner Karen Este says. As with other elopement packages, Este says it's the combination of traditional wedding elements with a low-stress, low-price tag that brings couples to her.

"I want to make it as stress free as possible," she says. "I just tell them, 'Oh come elope and then tell [your friends and family] to throw you a big party when you get back.'"

Stephanie Rosenbaum, who co-wrote the Anti-Bride Guide, says she expects interest in elopements and smaller, less-traditional weddings to grow.

"A lot of people are saying, 'My partner and I have lived together for six years, who are we kidding?'" she says.

"I think people are saying if we just elope we don't have to have any of this stress."

Christine Bradley, the Las Vegas bride, said she wasn't sure what to expect at her wedding ceremony. Both she and her new husband were previously married, in large, traditional weddings. This time they were looking for an economical service that would be fun and still somewhat traditional. Bradley said she was pleasantly surprised with the Las Vegas wedding experience.

"I was really expecting something like I'd seen on TV, like a drive-through wedding," she admitted.

"It really turned out beautiful."

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