So you’re planning an elopement? Congratulations!
I’m stoked that you and your person have chosen such an intimate and intentional way to begin your lives together. As you are planning your elopement, here are a few things to keep in mind. This is your day, and you get to decide what you want it to look like.
1. Your Elopement is all about YOU!
First and foremost, it is important to remember that this day is about you. It can be easy to fall into the rut of trying to make other people happy on this big day, but the most important person that needs to be happy on this day is you. This is the time to focus on the connection you have with the one person who you are planning to spend the rest of your life with. For instance, consider what kinds of activities make you two the happiest – things that helped you bond as a couple. What activities are relevant to you? Skiing, snorkeling, hiking, a hot air balloon ride? Planning out intentional activities for the two of you to grow in your connection on this big day is a great way to start a strong life-long relationship and friendship.
2. Be on top of the little details while planning!
Secondly, it is essential to be on top of the little details. Many individuals have a desire to elope to national parks. National parks have beautiful backgrounds for weddings and can be a place that builds on your connection with your future spouse. That said, there are also plenty of rules and regulations that play into getting married in a national park – let me help you! Reach out to me, and I will work with you to find a perfect location, pull any necessary permits, and make sure your day is a go. Some national parks require a $300 fee a year in advance, other national parks will only approve a certain number of permits per month to get married in the park.
3. Try to relax on your elopement day!
Next, while your elopement day may seem like a big day and you may certainly feel a little nervous, it is important to try to relax. You can keep your day as low-key as you want, it doesn’t have to be a huge production. Not every couple is super adventurous or outgoing and that is okay! Remembering that this is your day, you need to engage in activities that are best for you. It doesn’t have to be a huge hike or another type of adventure, it can be more chill and intentional. If you want to spend the morning together making avocado toast in your jammies let’s do it. Or end your day by spending the evening looking at the stars? The point of eloping and setting aside this day is to create something for yourself. No stress; no worries. Pick activities that are best for you.
If you need some more inspiration, check out this waterskiing couple on their wedding day.
4. Be yourself!
Finally, just be yourself on this special day. Take some time to make sure that this day is focused on activities you would do even if it was just the two of you with no cameras. This isn’t a photo shoot, it’s your day! The photographers and videographers are there to simply capture your day in the element that makes you the happiest. Many times people are overwhelmed by the “production” that the day seems to become, but it is far more important that your elopement is about you and what makes you the happiest and what you want to remember most.
As you are planning your elopement remember, this day is about YOU and your best friend, no one else; it is crucial to stay on top of the little details; embrace the relaxation of your day, and just be yourself!
Ready to plan your elopement? Let’s chat!
Want to be inspired by my past couples? Check out my YouTube channel.