Recently it feels like many of us have had this fleeting thought. I was reading Cheap Fiancee the other day and she was talking about how large their wedding will be because they have a large family. I can totally relate. Just my immediate family (aunts, uncles, first cousins only) add up to 56 people! Girl With a Ring also mentioned how wedding planning was getting to her and was entertaining the thought of a very small destination wedding in SF. Even Classic Bride had a post about Eloping in NY!
I don't think the grooms-to-be go through this as much, if at all. I'm sure brides are more involved overall in the wedding planning process and perhaps are more invested in things like colors, flowers, attire, than the men are. I think the things that make me want a quicky wedding are the expense of it all, the mound of things there are to be done, and when people are trying to force their opinions on us.
In terms of Cyprus, Mr. Milk likes to call it the land of "it-can't-be-done" as many people have this attitude when faced with a novel idea. Granted our wedding will not be traditional in many ways and we have already had to deal with many questions/facial expressions/discussions about the things we want and don't want. At the end of the day though, it's pretty difficult to imagine our special day without the people we love, and even those who drive us crazy at times!
What makes you think about eloping? Have you others dealt with loved ones forceful opinions?