Want to elope? Ideas for destination weddings for Cincinnatians

Krista and Ryan Burton were married in the Bahamas Nov. 4, 2017.

Under normal circumstances, weddings can be a handful

During this pandemic, when nearly everything is on hold, services and venues are trying to reschedule and invitation lists must be reduced, some couples are ready to just scrap it all and elope.

According to, the average cost of U.S. weddings in 2019-2020 was between $29,000 and $31,000 , honeymoon not included, though the Louisville/Columbus/Indianapolis region's cost range is closer to $18,500 to $21,800.

If a pandemic wasn't reason enough to aim for private destination weddings or a trip to the courthouse, the cost might be icing on the proverbial cake.

Though they didn't elope because of a pandemic, the experience of two Cincinnati couples who decided to exchange vows privately in Las Vegas and the Bahamas, respectively, may serve as good road maps for affianced couples.

Both wouldn't have done it any other way.

Las Vegas

David and Deana Moss only told one person they were heading to Vegas to marry April 14, 2017, before they called their families the morning after.

Of the multitude of options they had for marrying in Vegas, they chose to get married on a helicopter. Flying to the Grand Canyon was an option, but they chose to fly over the strip. The company, Maverick, supplied the pilot, officiate, etc. They decided to keep it simple to focus completely on them as a couple.

Deana and David Moss were married in Las Vegas on a helicopter overlooking the strip.

It was seamless and it didn't conform to typical traditions. 

"When we got married, I wanted a dress I wouldn't normally wear, but I didn't feel this pressure to have an elaborate dress," she said. "I wanted to feel pretty. It didn't have any rules to it. We deserve to be selfish on our wedding....I would not change a thing." 

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