Celebrity weddings are usually memorable for their lavishness, but these days, the weddings are memorable for the lack of ostentatious display of luxury. Some couples elect to elope and throw a big party later to celebrate. Here are eight couples who decided eloping was preferable to a large wedding.

1. Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds

This couple decided they would prefer to stay out of the public eye when they exchanged vows in Vancouver in 2008. They traveled to the wilderness and married at an outdoor wedding with mountain biking, fishing and horseback riding. The couple’s $3.65 million home went on the market in February signaling the end of the marriage.

2. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt

In November 2008, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt eloped in Cabo San Lucas. Four years later, the couple is still together, but the couple had financial difficulties and staged a fake divorce for money. Despite these difficulties, the couple is still together.

3. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon eloped in the Bahamas in April 2008. The couple later had a large celebration with family and friends to announce their marriage to their friends and family. These two are still together and recently gave birth to their twins Monroe and Moroccan in December of 2011.

4. Adriana Lima and Marko Jaric

Marko and Adriana eloped in Jackson Hole in Wyoming. The wedding was held at a resort. Marko proposed on Adriana’s birthday, and they married on Valentine’s Day in 2009. In November, the couple had their first child.

5. Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford

Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford dated for eight years before the couple eloped in June 2010. The two eloped at the governor’s mansion in Sante Fe, New Mexico. The couple is still together.

6. Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Emily and John eloped on July 10 in a private ceremony. The bride wore a beautiful chiffon cream gown designed by Marchesa Bridal.

7. Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green

After getting engaged for a second time in June, Megan and Brian decided to elope in Hawaii. Though the two had a breach in their relationship in 2009, they are doing well now.

8. Antonia Kidman and Craig Marran

Antonia Kidman and Craig Marran eloped in South Africa after dating for 15 months. The couple married at Kruger National Park at the end of March. Three months later the couple celebrated with friends and family in Sydney. The event was held on June 18.

Eloping May Be The New Trend in Weddings

Eloping is becoming more popular and can be more affordable in many instances. Many couples have reaped the benefits of eloping and do not regret their decision.  You can find more information at http://chicbahamasweddings.com.