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When Wedding Planning Is More Like Online Shopping


After users complete an internet questionnaire that asks for his or her desired location and guest count, the web site presents a choice of venues and booking packages. At a minimum, packages typically include an officiant, a photographer for one hour and the power to ask as much as 20 guests. For a further cost, couples can invite more guests and buy other services, including videography and on-site hair and makeup. Those that would slightly book a venue on their very own can still use the web site to rearrange vendors.

As a part of any package, Simply Eloped also helps navigate the technique of getting a wedding license in whatever state a pair chooses to wed. “Maneuvering through all the foundations and regulations in a spot you’re unfamiliar with might be complicated,” Ms. White said.

The service has a human element, too, in the shape of some extent one that is assigned to every couple and introduces them to their vendors and officiant ahead of the marriage, to make sure the day unfolds as desired. “We organize and personalize anything that’s a part of your ceremony,” she said.

Laurel Anderson, 35, a case manager at an environmental services company, and Matthew Dalley, 44, a senior I.T. director at Major League Fishing, used Simply Eloped to plan their nuptials, which took place June 9 on the Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs.

“It’s such an interesting option to do a marriage,” Ms. Anderson said of planning with Simply Eloped.

The couple, who live in Paducah, Ky., went with a basic package but added an additional hour of photography, for a complete cost of roughly $2,000. Though their package allowed them to ask guests, they selected to marry before just their officiant and photographer.

“We wanted something that was just us,” Ms. Anderson said, “that was stress free.”

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