“While you may be opting for an intimate elopement, you can make your friends and family feel included through thoughtful stationery. We suggest sending out an announcement right before your elopement letting your community know that you are getting married and that while you have chosen to elope and that you will carry the memories you have shared with them in your heart. You can also include a self-addressed and stamped mail back card requesting their favorite dessert or cocktail recipes and their best advice for you about love and marriage. When you receive these from your guests, you can have these cards bound to keep as a book from your friends and family. This gives them an opportunity to be present in spirit and to express their sentiments and best wishes and it gives you a beautiful keepsake to remember all those who have been a part of your life! This idea can work before or after your elopement with just a little bit of editing of the wording. If you choose to send this out to your guests before the elopement, here is an example of wording that you can use.
Dear Friends & Family,
At this milestone in our journey, we would like to take a moment to thank you. You have supported us, encouraged us and stood by us at every turn throughout our lives and we are eternally grateful. You have shared in so much of the joy in our lives and we will carry these rich memories with us in our hearts as we tie the knot at a private ceremony.
We would like to include you in a book that we will forever cherish as a keepsake of our wedding day. Please write your favorite drink or dessert recipe and your best advice on the enclosed card and mail it back.
The Future Mr. & Mrs. Diaz”
– Andaleeb Firdosy, Co-founder, Love On Paper