Elopements are New Eco-wedding Trend

Ranch Rider, the riding holiday tour operator, has seen the flat economy give rise to a new wave of nuptials, a growing number of elopers booking destination weddings just for two. While cost is one of the major reasons for downsizing the Big Day the tour operator claims there are other factors behind the growing trend.

Tony Daly, Managing Director of Ranch Rider, comments, “These days we’re all very aware of the effect we have on the environment, and removing the guest list makes marrying abroad a more eco-friendly way to tie the knot. While the majority of these weddings are planned it’s undoubtedly one of the most romantic ways to say, "I do" and couples don’t have the usual stress to contend with.”

Ranch Rider also suggests that social networking has played a part in the trend with couples more likely to share photos and videos of important milestones in their lives on social media.

Oklahoma’s Island Guest Ranch is one of the first ranches to pick up on the new fashion for elopements, the owners offering private stays where twosomes can have the whole 5,000-acres to themselves. Extras include, sparkling wine and strawberries dipped in chocolate on arrival, a moonlit/romantic buggy ride and breakfast out on the trail overlooking the sage brush hills. 

Minimum 4-night stay with Ranch Rider from £935pp (two sharing) including, ensuite accommodation, meals, most ranch activities and taxes. Longer stays can be arranged. Transfers available at £75pp. Departures April through November. Add on a 6-night starry-eyed self-drive from £450pp (two sharing) including, car hire and accommodation. Return flight from £739pp.

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