Gallery: The Pros and Cons of Eloping

As you may have heard, Jessica Simpson is engaged to Eric Johnson. The engagement has been on since November, and now, Simpson is making remarks on the sly about the possibility of the couple eloping. In Women’s Wear Daily, the entrepreneur/singer/reality TV star says of her impending nuptials: “No date has been set yet. We’ve both been married before. We’re enjoying our commitment to each other. We want to take our time…We might elope if it gets to that point.”

All well and good, if you’re Jessica Simpson and can afford to fly anywhere in the world to get married, and would benefit from the privacy.

But there are both pros and cons to eloping for us mortals, and here are some of them:

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    • Hannah Beth

      I’d just like to throw another possible Pro in there– see article on Katy Perry’s mother.

      I’d like to elope. You can always have a small party a little later to celebrate.

    • holly

      Totally love the last slide! Cause $20,000 is definitely the lowest end any bride would ever go!

    • holly

      Cause every bride is dropping 20-100 g on their little shindig. laugh.

    • Lindsay Cross

      My husband and I thought about eloping, but our mothers cried. Our solution was to have a small, destination wedding with only immediate family. It kept the cost relatively low, but we still had our families there with us. It was perfect!

    • eelizg23

      There are a lot of other reasons to elope! If I ever get married, you better believe I’m going to elope. My brother’s wedding caused a huge rift between two of my closest family members that lasted years, but more than that, I am intensely private about my emotions, and the idea of having everyone watching me during a really intense and emotional moment like that scares scares the crap out of me!

    • jab5554

      Cut out a whole lot of people and the booze, you can manage for under 10k. However, that isn’t a “wedding” to most 20-somethings, so I guess my husband and I are weird. Then again, it was the closest I could get to eloping without being disowned, so no mimosas sounded like a less drama-filled deal.

      Elope if you can and want to, but don’t bet on your family being happy about it. Your friends will probably sympathize, if not now, when they do get married.