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ELOPE: An illustrated guide to an eco-friendly & empowered alternative wedding (PART 2)

Published Wednesday, Aug. 26th, 2020

Illustrations by Jessica Levey


Creating a wedding ceremony is one part hard work, and one part inspiration.

While we often present written advice here on this blog, we're excited to share artwork by Jessica Levey that inspires you to create an amazing ceremony, regardless of the challenges that we are all facing in these crazy times!



Elope, Part 2

Eloping is simple, too. All you need are yourselves, a marriage license, a wedding officiant, and - depending on which state you’re in - a couple of witnesses. (American Marriage Ministries makes it easy for a friend or family member to get ordained online.)

Add a couple of outfits that make you feel fancy, and you’re all set!


Eloping can be wildly budget friendly.

While the average traditional wedding can cost tens-of-thousands of dollars, the simplicity of eloping can allow for a much smaller budget, with marriage licenses costing around $100 or less depending on your county and state. This leaves more money for whatever you choose to spend it on…


Even with the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on travel guidelines and restrictions, there are still many creative ways to elope, and even combine your elopement with a retro-style honeymoon or getaway. 


Want to revel in the moment with a truly private ceremony? Eloping can be a perfect choice. If you’re worried that family and friends will be disappointed by missing your ceremony, you can choose to document your elopement through pictures and video (there are elopement photographers who specialize in just this sort of thing).


You can still have plenty of snacks and drinks. just might be the perfect time for a guilt-free elopement. 


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Jessica Levey
Jessica Levey

Lead Staff Writer & Illustrator

Jessica loves exploring the history and magic of ritual, the connections between people and places, and sharing true stories about love and commitment. She's an advocate for marriage equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and individuality, and is an ordained Minister with AMM. When she’s not writing or illustrating for AMM, she enjoys city hikes, fantasy novels, comics, and traveling.

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