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: