When you get married, don't elope. Don't do it before a major holiday either. We did this, and while it seemed right at the time because we were young radicals, in the end I regret that the experience wasn't shared with our families, who've been good to both of us.
But if you must, one advantage is easy reservations on anniversaries. I just scored the best table in the best restaurant in the state, a multiple James Beard award winner for cuisine and for bakery/dessert, for our fast-approaching ninth. On almost zero notice.
I shall food-blog soon.