Episode 10

We're thinking of eloping, BUT is it right for us? - With Maria Krein of Adventure Elopements of the Hudson Valley

Welcome to the Step-by-Step Wedding Prep Podcast - The weekly show where we teach you everything you need to know to plan your wedding like a pro! 

On today's episode, we help couples who might be on the fence about eloping decide if it's right for them. To help answer that question, we welcome Maria Krein, owner of Adventure Elopements of the Hudson Valley.

If you've ever thought about an elopement but aren't sure what it is, or if you've grown up with a stigma around them, or if you're seriously on the fence and aren't sure what to do, this is the episode for you!

Maria and I discuss...

  • The status of elopements now and, if they, like traditional weddings, are being postponed as well
  • What you need to know about your marriage license even if you are eloping
  • The trend of doing something small now and having a bigger celebration later on
  • How elopements can ease the sense of "wedding competition" and living up to others expectations
  • If elopements are actually cheaper
  • Advice for those who really can't decide and the one thing that might help you make your decision
  • The difference between an adventure elopement and a traditional elopement
  • Restrictions when it comes to elopements
  • And so much more!

Plus, as we do with all our guests, we ask Maria 5 fun question at the end of the show!

To learn more about Adventure Elopements of the Hudson Valley, please visit


or follow them on IG @adventureelopementshv and Facebook at Adventure Elopements HV

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Music by Chris Orazi, Mixing by Nate Terry at C.A.S. Music Production

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Felicia Zammit-McMann

Felicia is a former bride helping future brides plan their weddings in a fun and easy way - the way they should be - by sharing expert advice and personal anecdotes tackling couples most pressing and common wedding planning concerns and questions. She believes when you’re equipped with the right knowledge from the start, you’re better prepared to plan your wedding without the overwhelm and stress so many couples face.

In addition to hosting this awesome podcast, Felicia is the the owner and editor of Wedding Connections of the Hudson Valley - a regional online wedding publication based in upstate New York and is a 2019 40 under 40 Honoree in her local county for the work she’s done supporting weddings and wedding vendors in her community.

Her tips and advice have been featured in prominent wedding industry publications including The Overwhelmed Bride, The Budget Savvy Bride, and the former Wedding Industry Education.

She holds and M.A. in Communications and a B.A. in Fashion Design. During her time as an undergrad she studied in London and apprenticed with luxury couture wedding dress designer, Phillipa Lepley.

Outside of weddings, Felicia is a life-long Disney fan. She got engaged there and honeymooned there. She loves the New York Yankees, loves to cook, has a serious soft spot for cats, and is a huge history buff!