Our Intimate $800 Sunrise Joshua Tree Elopement

Simple and Intimate Desert Chic

Leah & Cam

sum-up of the wedding vibe: We were going for a relaxed, intimate, and chic desert vibe.

Planned Budget: $1,000
Actual Budget: $800
Number of Guests: 3
Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California

Where we allocated the most funds:

The majority of our funds went to investing in a quality photographer who we felt would capture what we wanted our elopement to embody.

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Where we allocated the least funds:

We saved a lot by forgoing the traditional large ceremony. We wanted the romance and simplicity of an intimate elopement.

What was totally worth it:

Yes, it was low stress, low-cost, and relaxing. We loved being able to just enjoy the special time and this commitment to each other.

What was totally not worth it:

I wouldn’t change anything other than we were in the desert in the summer, so we did have to wake up very early to beat the heat, but we were able to get some amazing photos of the sunrise.

A few things that helped us along the way:

The best thing to do is stay true to what you both want. Neither of us wanted the pressure of a big wedding and pleasing everyone else, because in reality, it is really just for your spouse and you. We wanted to celebrate our commitment to each other and not worry about anything else.

My best practical advice for my planning self:

Keep the day simple and don’t stress every small detail, because most of it won’t matter. Focus on being happy and enjoying every moment.

Favorite thing about the wedding:

Being able to be relaxed and happy.

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