That's it! You have decided to elope!


One of the first questions that'll come to your mind will probably be: How much? How much should you budget? It is quite a tricky question - even if it may seem super simple at first. It's even more complex if you don't have a lot of expertise in the wedding industry - which is the case for many engaged couples. 


Choosing to get married can be very simple - with an all-inclusive formula, for example - or can be more complex if, on the contrary, you want to think outside the box, do what you really wish to, innovate, or drop traditions. If you take the second route, the possibilities are endless and can quickly make your head spin! Fortunately, most professionals in the field will be able to guide you and give you valuable advice.


You'll find here a basis to establish your budget for your elopement in Quebec. A small disclaimer before you actually start; Of course, you can undoubtedly get married for less - the reverse is just as true, for that matter, than the rates mentioned here. This article is based on the average wedding budget of my clients who opted for this formula. I also find it essential to note here that the priority of my couples, without spending $ 250,000 on their big day, is quality, and they are willing to pay the right price to get it.


No matter your budget or your priorities, the information here is good to take. At least you will know what to expect!

les mariés au sommet d'un rocher durant leur elopement en gaspesie, au quebec, canada

How much to plan for the celebrant?


The cheapest option is to choose a one-day celebrant. This relative will have to take a short online course to obtain the right to unite you. Price: A bottle of vino to thank him.


Pros: Inexpensive, knows you well, and already shares a special relationship with you.


Disadvantages:  If you plan to marry only the two of you, having a loved one as a celebrant may not be well received by some family members. In this case, choosing a professional would really be ideal.


The professional celebrant charges a higher rate, but you will have peace of mind and the confidence that everything has been done as it should. More and more celebrants are offering the ceremony service in the heart of nature, on a mountain, in a city park; in short, they will follow you wherever you go!


On average, you will need to plan between $ 500 and $ 700 for this type of service, according to inclusions and the package chosen.


Benefits: Peace of mind, expertise.


Cons:  You have to shop well for your celebrant to have the best connection possible. It is essential to choose someone with whom you can be yourself for this experience.


le marié parlant avec des proches durant son elopement dans charlevoix, quebec, canada
une mariée tenant son bouquet vert, blanc et mauve la journée de son elopement au quebec, canada

What about the flowers?


The advantage of an elopement is that the decoration often becomes much less important - in quantity, not in quality! You have fewer different places to decorate, fewer centerpieces to make, fewer bouquets to order. Most couples still choose to have a minimum of fresh flowers for their day, often a bouquet and/or wreath, a boutonniere, and a few flowers for the dinner table.


According to Les Fleurs du Marché, a typical bouquet and boutonniere combo runs around $ 800. Of course, it all depends on the type of bouquet and especially the flowers you choose. Having tulips in the middle of December will certainly be a big challenge and a more considerable investment than in May.

What about the flowers?


The advantage of an elopement is that the decoration often becomes much less important - in quantity, not in quality! You have fewer different places to decorate, fewer centerpieces to make, fewer bouquets to order. Most couples still choose to have a minimum of fresh flowers for their day, often a bouquet and/or wreath, a boutonniere, and a few flowers for the dinner table.


According to Les Fleurs du Marché, a typical bouquet and boutonniere combo runs around $ 800. Of course, it all depends on the type of bouquet and especially the flowers you choose. Having tulips in the middle of December will certainly be a big challenge and a more considerable investment than in May.

How much should I plan for my bridal makeup?


I've never experienced professional makeup - I know, shame on me. So I had to ask Mary Kolivas - of Makeup by Mary K -, based in Montreal, how much a bride can expect to pay for her elopement look. She then explained to me that, elopement or not, her rates could not be more straightforward: $ 130 for the bride, $ 90 for family members, procession, friends. In her prices, Mary takes care to include masks, all the products necessary for your skincare, as well as high-quality cosmetics for everyone. If your elopement is outside the island of Montreal, you will also have to think about adding travel costs.


Of course, the prices mentioned above may vary from one artist to another, but from a general point of view, a budget between $ 110 and $ 200 would be reasonable for a complete bridal look, in addition to applicable travel costs.

la mariée portant une couronne alors que son maquillage se termine la journée de son elopement au quebec, canada
La mariée retouchant sa coiffure la journée de son elopement à Montreal, quebec, canada

What about the hairstylist?


On the hair side, most of the couples I worked with chose an effortless hairstyle, easy to pick up on their own if needed - or with the help of your photographer, who is by no means a hairdresser;). If the high or more elaborate hairstyles are often in the spotlight in a traditional wedding, for an elopement, I rarely see very daring styles. Like with makeup, a classic look is far preferable to enhance your natural beauty and maintain the timeless side of your photos. I admit that I have a weakness for natural hairstyles, with free strands to fly in the wind and, above all, a lot of texture.


A simple hairstyle is around $ 80 to $ 100, plus applicable travel costs.

What about the hairstylist?


On the hair side, most of the couples I worked with chose an effortless hairstyle, easy to pick up on their own if needed - or with the help of your photographer, who is by no means a hairdresser;). If the high or more elaborate hairstyles are often in the spotlight in a traditional wedding, for an elopement, I rarely see very daring styles. Like with makeup, a classic look is far preferable to enhance your natural beauty and maintain the timeless side of your photos. I admit that I have a weakness for natural hairstyles, with free strands to fly in the wind and, above all, a lot of texture.


A simple hairstyle is around $ 80 to $ 100, plus applicable travel costs.

How much to plan for our outfits?


The clothes and accessories are without a doubt the most exciting point of all. It's what makes you dream, to feel beautifully and utterly irresistible in the eyes of your partner.


Contrary to some popular beliefs, there is no dress code for an elopement. Getting married on top of a mountain doesn't necessarily mean you have to choose a simple dress. Just so you can wear whatever you like, I always drag my portable tent to the top. That way, you can hike at your ease and slip into your dream outfit once at the top. The important thing is choosing the dress/suit that will make you feel like the most special person in the universe. Because this day is yours. In every detail. 


I've had couples who chose to wear simple cotton pants from Simons - with a price tag of $69.99 - to match their favorite shirt and walking boots. Other bride and groom opted for complete tailor-made sets from Suitablee with personalized embroidery inside. Personally, I love everything that is texture! If you don't know where to start, take a look at the textures - or my Pinterest boards. Velvet - my absolute favorite - corduroy, woolens, linen are classic and trendy starting points available in all price ranges.


For dresses, it is much easier to average prices. Justine Alexandre, the owner of Espace Blanc de Blancs, has noticed that brides who opt for an elopement generally have a larger budget envelope to devote to the dress of their dreams. The best-selling dress models for this type of wedding are priced between $ 2,800 and $ 3,100.

la mariée et le marié collés durant leur séance de photo la journée de leur elopement en gaspesie, au quebec, canada
les mariés au sommet d'un rocher durant leur elopement en gaspesie, au quebec, canada

How should I budget for my photographer?


Here, the prices will vary enormously. A photographer who does not specialize in intimate elopements and weddings will be less expensive than an expert in the field. Why? Because the support service will not be the same.


Personally, I support my couples every step of the way. They know that at the slightest question, fear, or just to decompress, I'm there. We talk, imagine, create together their dream experience.


Another factor that influences the price is the length of coverage. I offer packages of a few hours, a full day, or several days, depending on the experience you want to live. For a canoe-camping expedition, you will need 3 days, while to say yes in an ultra-cozy perched cabin, a few hours will be the best option.


For elopements in Quebec, my rates start from $ 2,900, and travel across the province is included! My most popular package for Quebec elopement is the Ultimate - $ 5,400.00. 

How should I budget for my photographer?


Here, the prices will vary enormously. A photographer who does not specialize in intimate elopements and weddings will be less expensive than an expert in the field. Why? Because the support service will not be the same.


Personally, I support my couples every step of the way. They know that at the slightest question, fear, or just to decompress, I'm there. We talk, imagine, create together their dream experience.


Another factor that influences the price is the length of coverage. I offer packages of a few hours, a full day, or several days, depending on the experience you want to live. For a canoe-camping expedition, you will need 3 days, while to say yes in an ultra-cozy perched cabin, a few hours will be the best option.


For elopements in Quebec, my rates start from $ 2,900, and travel across the province is included! My most popular package for Quebec elopement is the Ultimate - $ 5,400.00. 

What about the videographer?


Some videographers will offer a price especially for elopements, but this is far from being the majority. As with photographers, this type of wedding requires as much time and resources as a more traditional wedding. The hourly rates are then somewhat similar. On the other hand, most couples will opt for a shorter video, as there is little or no speech in an elopement.


Fleurs Sauvages explains that their go-to package for intimate elopements and weddings is their Essential package, which covers 10 hours of video and gives a final film of just over 3 minutes. Prices start at $ 2,699.


Roughly speaking, depending on the length of the finished product, the number of hours on your day, and the videographer you choose, you can set aside between $ 2,000 and $ 4,000. The scale here is quite vague because there are so many variables to take into account.

Les mariés marchant dans la fôret pour leur elopement avec leurs deux pomski

And if I want a wedding planner?


Again, the prices vary considerably depending on the expertise, specialization, and the type of service chosen. You can select A to Z accompaniment - that's what most of my couples do - or same-day only organization.


For full support, you should plan for at least 15% of your total budget, according to Jodi, the planner at Simply Perfect. The average is around $ 3,000 to $ 3,500.

la mariée prenant le marié dans ses bras avec son bouquet coloré sur la plage de cap-aux-oies dans charlevoix, quebec
la vue d'une des chambres de l'hotel Birks à Montreal, quebec, canada

How much to plan for the venue/accommodation?


While couples usually choose to have their ceremony in a national park - around $ 10 entry per person - or in a public place, keep in mind that you will need a place to stay. I advise you to book 3 to 4 nights, depending on the elopement location and especially the schedule of your day. As check-ins in Quebec are often between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., it is mandatory to arrive at the minimum the day before your ceremony. On the other hand, to really appreciate the moment and reduce the stress, leaving yourself a day between the arrival and the ceremony and a quiet day before your departure is really a little luxury that feels good. After all, didn't you make this choice to avoid stress?


Allow between $ 350 and $ 500 / night in high season for high-end accommodation.

How much to plan for the venue/accommodation?


While couples usually choose to have their ceremony in a national park - around $ 10 entry per person - or in a public place, keep in mind that you will need a place to stay. I advise you to book 3 to 4 nights, depending on the elopement location and especially the schedule of your day. As check-ins in Quebec are often between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., it is mandatory to arrive at the minimum the day before your ceremony. On the other hand, to really appreciate the moment and reduce the stress, leaving yourself a day between the arrival and the ceremony and a quiet day before your departure is really a little luxury that feels good. After all, didn't you make this choice to avoid stress?


Allow between $ 350 and $ 500 / night in high season for high-end accommodation.


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