A 5 Step Guide – How to Plan an Elopement
You’re newly engaged, and this is all new. Chances are you have no idea how to plan an elopement. This is the last resource you’ll need because we lay out 5 steps on exactly how to plan an elopement. You’re welcome.
Planning your elopement is going to be way different than planning a traditional wedding. Instead of checking off a list of what you’re told you’re supposed to have/do, imagine dreaming up what could be your grandest adventure yet, and making your wedding day be a meaningful, stress-free, adventurous experience the two of you can share together. As exciting as an elopement sounds, sometimes freedom can be overwhelming. When you can do anything you want for your wedding day, where do you start? Below we list out the top 5 tips to planning your adventure elopement, so you can start planning today! Start reading below to find out how to plan an elopement. When you’re ready, reach out by clicking here.
1. Pick a photographer who knows the area you want to elope in! They will be able to give you the best advice as far as how to avoid crowds, navigating permit requirements, coming with up Plan B’s, or C’s if weather or natural events like wildfires push you out of a specific location, and they will be able to suggest locations that only the locals know about. As Adventure Elopement Photographers, we (Alex & Kelly) spend a lot of time location scouting to find the best hidden gems in the area we live in, Colorado, and believe me, there are TONS. We want our couples to have a list of jaw dropping beautiful locations to choose from that we ourselves could imagine saying our vows at.
2. Dream big! Helicopter rides, hot air balloons, renting snowmobiles, renting Jeep’s to do some 4×4 driving, a backpacking trip, canoeing, hiking, just to name a few ideas. There is nothing off limits when it comes to your adventure elopement! A lot of people forget that their wedding day is supposed to be fun. Think about what brings you two the most excitement, and gets your heart racing, and do that!
3. Pick the right attire, and don’t be surprised if you need to bring more than one outfit. A lot of our couples bring multiple outfits for their adventure elopement. If it’s a hiking elopement, they’ll bring a comfortable hiking outfit to hike in before changing into their wedding attire for the first look or ceremony. You’ll want to pick an outfit that you will feel comfortable moving around in, that you can change into by yourself, will hold up against the elements, and if you’re traveling far, will pack up easily.
4. Don’t forget about the food and drink! This isn’t your traditional wedding day where you’ll be busy with following a strict timeline and you forget to eat. What better way to celebrate your marriage than treating yourself on a nice bubbly drink, and some delicious foods. One of the easiest ways to do this is setting up a cozy relaxed picnic. Some tips on the food: This really can be as involved or as simple as you like, but what we’ve seen really work out well is finger foods that don’t take much preparation, or bringing a dehydrated meal and a small backpacking stove. Some of your picnic foods could include: A charcuterie board, a pre made pasta salad, some good bread like a french baguette, donuts or a giant cupcake for dessert. Always think about the weather when planning what food to bring, you don’t want your food to spoil before you can get to it. Lastly, don’t forget the weather proof blanket to snuggle up on!
5. How to tell friends and family that you’re eloping! You can go about this one or two ways, 1.) Keeping it a secret and not announcing your marriage until AFTER your adventure elopement. Which is what we did in 2016! or 2.) Telling your friends and family you’re having an adventure elopement beforehand. If you pick the route we choose, (#1) you could announce it to your friends and family with a heartfelt message on a photo of the two of you in your wedding attire, and let them know how much you love and appreciate them. If you decide to tell them before, you can always ask for them to still be a part of your big day. Have them write letters that you’ll read on your adventure elopement day, or have them record a message that you can watch. However and when you choose to tell your friends and family about your adventure elopement, don’t forget to tell them how excited you are for your wedding day to be unique and special to YOU.
We know that couples who choose to elopement are something fierce, and we can’t wait to get to know you two better.
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