Leading up to your elopement, be transparent about what you’d like your hypothetical wedding to look and feel like. You can even drop hints when talking to your loved ones. One bride said that she had mentioned to her cousins that her dream elopement would be at the end of a hike in the woods in Washington. So when that plan actually came to fruition, they weren’t surprised in the least.
You shouldn’t feel like you need to justify your reasons for wanting to elope. When it comes down to it, your wedding is about making the experience authentic to who YOU are, not entertaining unsolicited opinions or adhering to traditions that hold no meaning to you.