How to Make your Elopement Special

One misconception with elopements is that they are not as special or personal as a traditional wedding and I could not disagree more! Elopements are the most intimate celebration of love, completely unique to each couple, they take all of the stress and noise out of planning a traditional wedding and focuses on YOU and your love story, making elopements the most intentional way of of getting married. The best thing about eloping is that you can do whatever you want, and what could be more special than that!?

Elopements are about YOU and your love story.
No pressure, no stress, no distractions.
Just two people committing their lives to each other.

Here are some ways to add some personal touches to your elopement making it that much more personal and unique.

  1. Add little details
  2. Add personal touches to your ceremony
  3. Plan a day that includes some of your favorite activities
  4. Have your first dance
  5. Bring your furry friends
  6. Exchange gifts
  7. Elope in your dream destination
  8. Invite some of your closest people



elopement details

1. Add little details

Whether that be your a family heirloom, a Turkish rug for your ceremony, something borrowed (nothing says that you can’t pull elements of a traditional wedding for your day!) or custom vow books- which I always recommend, not only are they great keepsakes but they look great in the photos too! Not only in the ceremony pictures but also in the detail shots your photographer will take, because documenting your story means capturing all of the little details throughout the day.


2. Add personal touches to your ceremony

One of my favorite things about elopements is how couples personalize their ceremonies. Here are some of the ways my couples have added personal touches to their ceremony:

  • Plant a tree to start new life
  • Place your hand on your partners heart to feel their heartbeat (one of the sweetest moments!)
  • Soak/bless your rings in water and then water a plant nearby, uniting them while giving nourishment and life.
  • Have a musician play at your ceremony like a a guitarist or violinist
  • Sage smudging ceremony
  • Cord tying ceremony
  • Champagne toast
  • Or simply just read your vows straight from your heart!

There are many ways to give a personal touch to your elopement ceremony, and I am happy to help you think of some of some simple or unique ways to celebrate!


3. Plan a day that includes your favorite activities

Think about some of your favorite things to do as a couple and include that into your elopement. Do you like hiking or climbing? Or enjoy sharing pizza at the local brewery? Do you love traveling the world and trying new things? You do not have to plan something extravagant for the perfect elopement, it just has to include elements of things you love. When you elope, the options are endless!

Here is a list of fun and adventurous activities you can include in your elopement:
– Hiking
– Camp out under the stars
– Go off-roading
– Sailing
– Mini-Road Trip
– Helicopter Ride
– Hot-Air Balloon Ride
– Take a catamaran tour around the island, or heck, jump into the ocean! Just be cautious and take extra safety measures
– Go on an incredible Safari adventure, or stay with the wildlife at Giraffe Manor or Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa
– If you are a thrill seeker you could even go bungee jumping or skydiving, I have done both myself and I am ALL about it! Make your day an epic adventure!


telluride adventure elopement photographer

4. Have your first dance

Just because you are eloping that doesn’t mean you can’t have your own wedding traditions, and your first dance is always a classic! Play your favorite song and get wrapped up in eachother as you dance to your first song as husband and wife. Not only is this a great opportunity for your photographer to get some amazing shots, but it allows you to have a moment so you can soak in all the love from the day.


5. Bring your furry friends

I am ALL about couples bringing their furbabies along on their adventure elopement! Some places, like most National Parks, do not actually allow dogs on the main trails, but that just makes a great reason to find an incredible location a little off the beaten path and that way your furry friends can adventure with you, a win win!


6. Exchange gifts

One of my past brides surprised her new husband with a 1-tier cake with his favorite flavor, I found an amazing baker and picked it up on the way to the elopement so it could be a surprise, and it sweet surprise it was! I will often pick up the flowers so it is one less thing for you to worry about, I have even flown with a bouquet & boutonnière on the plane and the flight staff was so amazing at helping me find a great spot for it for the flight. I am always happy to help my couples anyway that I can!


Markree Castle Wedding in Ireland by Amy Bluestar Photography

7. Elope in your dream destination

What better way to celebrate your adventure elopement than to get married in your dream destination! Is there a place/country/national park you have always wanted to visit? Make your elopement an incredible adventure and honeymoon all in one! Take a road trip across the country to one of our amazing national parks, or fly overseas to the place you have always wanted to go. Choosing the perfect location is one of the most exciting and important steps!

Here are some things to think about when choosing your elopement location:

  • How do you want to look back and remember your day?
  • Where would you like to explore and what would you like to experience?
  • Decide whether you would like to elope domestic or internationally – the first big step to help narrowing down the locations!
  • Choose scenery that speaks to you. Where do you like to spend your time. Where do you like to vacation?
  • Choose a location that is meaningful to you. A place that you love to visit together, or that dream location you have both always wanted to explore!



8. Invite some of your closest people

One of the most common questions when it comes to elopements is how couples can include their friends and family in their elopement. If you elope in a state that requires witnesses and an officiant (as I mentioned above) then it can be a great option to have a few friends and family tag along for the adventure! Many consider an elopement 20 guests or less, so if you want to bring your best friends, siblings, parents or close family members there is nothing saying that you can’t! There are plenty of locations that are easily accessible even with a group of 20!



Other helpful planning recourses:

Elopement Guide- Everything you need to know about eloping
How to Plan Your Dream Elopement
How to Include Your family and Friends in Your Elopement


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