Modern Elopements

A Wedding Planner’s Advice for Covid Couples Who Wish To Get Married.

Well here we are again in another difficult situation…

If you’re reading this, you were probably planning a wedding that got badly beaten and bruised by this ever-changing pandemic. I hear you, and more importantly I’m here for you.

As a planner, I talk with countless couples every single day who have been affected by the coronavirus. Couples who had to cancel their wedding due to so many restrictions.

Elopement Wedding at The Lodge

Couples who postponed their wedding not just once but twice or more. I have had couples who abandoned all hope of having a wedding last year.  Couples who said forget it! Its too stressful…

Remember your story is unique, but you’re not alone.

Because of this, there have been many couples who are now planning a micro-wedding, mini-wedding, elopement, etc.

Small Wedding at Loch Goil

Advice – To couples affected by COVID:

Planning a wedding was already stressful enough without having the entire world shut down on you. 

You have really been through the wringer in 2020 and now again with so many restrictions in 2021.

Coming to terms is a hard reality, but you can’t fight government or venue rules. 

The Summerhouse at The Lodge on Loch Goil

A very important step is making peace with the idea that your big wedding isn’t going to happen this year, but I promise you, something amazing will come out of this.. 

Small intimate weddings are the future.

Having a gorgeous intimate experience now, then later on when things settle down have a large party to celebrate.

Small Wedding in Scottish forest

What is the difference between a micro-wedding and a mini-wedding, a sequel-wedding and an elopement? 

There are so many new wedding terms this year that it is hard to know the difference between them all!  Do they all mean the same thing? 

They are all just weddings right ? Well yes and no!

Traditional western weddings usually follow a pretty standard format of Pre-ceremony drinks, ceremony, champagne and canapés, then then dinner.

Elopement and small weddings at The Lodge on Loch Goil

They don’t necessarily have to be in that order, but generally the ceremony comes first and it is followed by the reception.

Over the past five years this has been steadily changing, with more and more couples opting out of the traditional wedding and the expense that comes with it. 

Of course with the complication of a pandemic, the small wedding has become even more popular, and in many cases, a necessity. 

Small groups naturally lend themselves to alternative wedding formats and don’t follow the traditional wedding program guidelines, as dancing the night away on the dance floor doesn’t quite make as much sense when you only have 15 guests.

The Boathouse at The Lodge

The Micro-Wedding

Described as an intimate wedding for up to 50 guests and is essentially a smaller and paired down version of a typical wedding. This is the biggest version of the small weddings and can include some dancing and usually a focus on the decor and having a team of professional vendors.

An elopement couple in the water at Loch Goil

The Mini-Wedding:

A mini-wedding is a very general term and doesn’t refer to any specific type of wedding, usually it is used by us wedding planners to describe their service or it is referring in general to any type of small wedding with less than 40 guests.

Small weddings and elopements in Loch Goil

The Tiny Wedding:

A tiny wedding is a small wedding with usually less than 10 guests and with a ceremony only format. These are generally pre-planned packages from venues, that include all the elements needed for a ceremony and then a small reception with cake and champagne.

Elopement couple on the balcony at The Lodge on Loch Goil

Pop-Up Wedding:

A pop-up wedding is a wedding package usually for the couple only or maybe a handful of guests, no more than 10. The package includes the ceremony only and there are only a few fixed dates the couple can book. During the course of one day, multiple couples will come through the ceremony site at set times to get married at one beautiful set up and use the same set of professional vendors. You are left on your own for your post-ceremony plans. 

Small wedding party celebrating

The Elopement Wedding: (which we love, and we do it so well!)

An elopement wedding can be just the two of you or up to 10 guests. Normally we offer this as a destination wedding with a couple of closest family and friends for a weekend of activities and fun. A beautifully decorated ceremony in our famous treehouse, followed by champagne reception and dinner in our exceptional Arts & Crafts dining room.

There are generally at least a few professional vendors photographer hair and make-up artist to help on the day. 

Wedding party on the shore of Loch Goil

I know so many couples who have had to change their plans or postpone their wedding date due to all the restrictions.

That is why they turn to Scotland to marry the love of their life.

An elopement couple in front of the Treehouse

The Lodge on Loch Goil 

A dramatic, moody and wild area of Scotland, steeped in romance and history, with a stunning mountainous landscape. 

The Lodge on Loch Goil from the water

If you are looking for rugged sweeping views, wild rivers, beautiful Lochs, waterfalls and enchanted woodland for your Scottish Elopement…

Then look no further.

The Lodge on Loch Goil is the best destination venue in Scotland..

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My husband and I really felt like part of the family, especially since it was just the two of us, and creating such a lovely intimate environment is again, something you can’t fake- you can only get it if you have the right people on the day, and man did we have the right people on the day!
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