Fun Ideas What to Do During Your Elopement
Eloping offers couples a chance to break away from traditional wedding expectations that don't fit and create a deeply personal and intimate celebration of their love. The best elopement ideas are those that reflect the unique essence of the relationship, making the day truly unforgettable.
- Destination elopements whisk couples away to breathtaking locations, from serene beaches to majestic mountains, where they can exchange vows in awe-inspiring natural settings vs venue.
- Adventure elopements infuse a sense of thrill and excitement, inviting couples to marry amidst the beauty of nature while hiking, camping, or engaging in outdoor activities they both love.
- Intimate backyard elopements bring a sense of home to the occasion, turning a familiar space into a cozy and meaningful backdrop for the ceremony.
Below are few fun ideas you can incorporate into your elopement and make it a much more special day.
Incorporating Vows into Your Elopement
Writing your own vows for your elopement can be a deeply personal and heartfelt way to express your love and commitment to each other. Even though you might have an officiant leading the wedding ceremony, taking time to write something deep and meaningful will add a layer of depth and emotion.
Take your time and use your own words and speak from the heart. Authenticity is key when writing vows. Avoid clichés or overly formal language unless it truly reflects your style and personality.
Enjoying your Favorite Activity During Your Elopement
Incorporate your love for adventure by eloping while hiking, camping, or participating in an outdoor activity you both enjoy, like kayaking or rock climbing. Many couples think elopement should be quick and spontaneous and although can certainly can be, why not make your most fun adventure yet truly memorable and intentional. In life it's the experiences and memories made during travel or holidays that stay with us forever so why not hike to the most beautiful lake and enjoy all the things in between.
I'll capture breathtaking photos of your elopement adventure so you remember the day forever.
Having Picnic During Your Elopement
The chances are your elopement will be at least have day long. The chances also are you will want to snack or take a break. Having a picnic on your hike, after the ceremony or among the red rock desert can be a really fun addition to your already special day. You can have it simple: just a blanket and snacks, or you can set up something cute with a cake, champagne and a few decorations.
I personally love picnics and think every couple should implement them into their day.
Incorporating Traditions and Intentional Details into Your Elopement
Adapt the traditions or rituals to suit your personal beliefs and preferences, and ditch those that don't. Make them your own and ensure they feel authentic to your relationship. That can be looking at old pictures together, playing your favorite instrument, performing a dance or bringing meaningful items to your elopement.
If you come from two different cultures embrace your heritage or explore a new culture by eloping in a way that reflects your background or interests. Incorporate cultural rituals, attire, or cuisine into your elopement.
Combining Elopement and Your Honeymoon
Choose a stunning destination that holds special meaning for both of you, whether it's a beach, a mountain, a city, or a foreign country. Or go to place none of you haven't been yet but both have been dreaming of.
Exchange your vows in a picturesque natural setting, like a secluded beach at sunrise or a mountaintop at sunset, and then enjoy your honeymoon in that destination.
One of the main reason couples decide to elope is spend the funds on memories and experiences as opposed to venues.
Style Your Elopement the Way You Want
Styling your elopement to fit your vision is an exciting and creative process that allows you to express your unique personality and preferences. That means to dress the way your want (yes, you can replace the white dress with any dress and color you want). Have you been dreaming of a Western Elopement and that's why you decided to elope out West? Then go ahead have a Western, boho or adventure themed wedding. The possibilities are endless as long as you're willing to explore them and do what aligns with your vision.
While planning, it's essential to stay true to yourselves as a couple. Don't feel pressured to conform to traditional expectations if they don't align with your vision.
Include Your Family or Pet in Your Elopement
I wrote a comprehensive blog on how to include your family in your elopement you can read here, but in a nutshell including your family in the ceremony or after elopement dinner or celebration can be a great idea if you both want the support and love.
Also, if you have a well-behaved pet, consider having them play a special role in your ceremony. Pets can be adorable ring bearers or flower carriers, and their presence can make the day even more memorable.
Whether you choose a simple courthouse ceremony or an elaborate destination adventure, the most important thing is that it feels right for both of you. Make it personal, meaningful, and a day to remember for a lifetime.