Some women are more Bridechillas than Bridezillas and would rather keep the guest list down to a minimum than worrying about the stress of planning a wedding. And what better way to achieve that than to not invite anyone else but your soon-to-be spouse?

More couples are foregoing the traditional ceremony and reception for low-key nuptials like an elopement, and we completely see the benefits of doing so. You can save time, money, and effort, and most importantly, you’re able to focus on what your big day should really be about: you and your partner. Because let’s be real, most weddings aren’t about you, they’re about your guests. One way to shift that power back into your hands is to elope! Even if the idea of running off with your significant other sounds more stressful than romantic, the concept of an elopement has been redefined by modern couples. Think of it as an intimate wedding between just the two of you and/or with your closest friends and family. (The whole secret part is only optional nowadays.)

To help inspire you, we’ve put together some different elopement ideas; some are unique and casual, while others prove that small doesn’t have to mean simple.

  1. Destination Elopement:  A destination elopement is an especially great idea because you don’t have to worry about flying your guests out, and your wedding can also double as your honeymoon.
  2. Cool & Classy Elopement:  Allowing just a handful of friends and family to witness your union, then celebrate with a private reception at a classy cocktail bar.
  3. Hot Air Elopement:  Sounds crazy, but it’s been done before! If you really want to go with a unique route, exchange vows in a hot-air balloon, and capture your own photos with a GoPro.
  4. Forest Elopement: Since you don’t have a lengthy guest list to work with, virtually any location can be your venue — even a forest. Bring along a violinist to set the scene as you walk to the “altar,” and replace the reception with a small beverage station to enjoy as newlyweds.
  5. Romantic Manor Elopement:  How incredible would it be to have an entire wedding venue to yourselves? If budget isn’t an issue, go as grand as you’d like and enjoy a private estate between the two of you.