In Wikipedia's words: "elopement is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one's place of residence together with one's beloved with the intention of getting married".
Some couples elope because they wish to avoid objections from parents, or religious obligations. What ever your reasons, eloping or having a small wedding is something you should really consider.
With an elopement or small wedding, you can still have a beautiful wedding of your dreams - but just on a smaller scale without as much fuss. It actually can be far more enjoyable when it comes to planning, because often with a big wedding there is SO much to plan that the excitement dwindles and stress takes over.
Finances can also become a big issue with large weddings, you can do away with a lot of things, including guests. Sharing your day with those dear to you is what really matters. After all it really is just one day? Save your money to pay off your home or have a beautiful honeymoon!