I’m a photographer and planner who is passionate about helping adventurous couples elope in the great outdoors. I spend most of my free time cuddling my dog and cat, dreaming of my next adventure, and exploring the PNW.
I have pages upon pages of elopement tips that I share with my couples, but if I boiled it down to my top 5 these tips would be it. The first 4 focus on planning an unforgettable experience for yourselves. The last is probably my best logistical tip, especially if seclusion is a top priority for you on your elopement day. So, without further ado, here are my Top 5 Elopement Tips.
This day is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other, your way. Keep what matters to you and your partner at the forefront during your planning sessions. Ask each other questions like:
Remember YOU are planning an event to celebrate YOUR love for each other. It can be easy to lose sight of this in all the noise that family, friends and the media can create when you are planning your wedding day. Remind yourselves throughout the planning that your wedding should only involve the traditions, standards, and people that matter to YOU.
Vowing your life to another is a huge deal and you deserve the time and space to ENJOY this. Plan to have a day before your elopement day to decompress from all the travel and prepare for your upcoming vows. Plan a day after your elopement day to revel in your new life together and reflect on your epic elopement.
Doing something new and exciting is a great way to bond with your partner and make memories that last a lifetime. Maybe you elope in the Swiss Alps and then spend 2 days on the slopes celebrating with your closest family and friends. Maybe you take a 3 day horseback riding trip through Montana and elope while you are overlooking an incredible view. Maybe you take your first-ever helicopter ride to an epic mountain peak to say your vows. Live it up! Incorporating these things will only add to the thrill of your elopement.
Memories are made up of all five senses, so lean into that.
Last but not least, elope on a weekday. Hiking trails and points of interest tend to be less crowded during the week. Tours and services might be cheaper and have more flexibility since they are in less demand than on the weekend.
I hope these tips help you craft the most epic and memorable elopement day. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I’m happy to help you navigate planning an epic start to the lifelong adventure you are about to embark on.
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