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Steps To Plan A Successful Elopement – Elopement Videographer

May 20, 2024

Are you dreaming of an intimate and meaningful wedding experience that’s all about you and your partner? Elopements are a fantastic way to celebrate your love in a way that’s truly authentic to you. Whether you’re envisioning exchanging vows atop a mountain peak or saying “I do” on a secluded beach, planning your elopement requires careful consideration and attention to detail. Here are the 7 simple steps to ensure your elopement is everything you’ve dreamed of!

  1. Decide Where You Want to Elope: The first step in planning your elopement is choosing the perfect location. Consider places that hold significance for you as a couple or locations that offer breathtaking scenery. Whether it’s a serene forest, a majestic waterfall, or national / state park – the possibilities are truly endless. Take your time to research and find the spot that speaks to your hearts.
  2. Book a Photographer and Videographer: The reason you do this asap, is they will help you SO much with your elopement plans! From specific location breakdown, to timeline, and everything in between. Many offer planning assistance and often take on some roles of a ‘planner’. (You can still hire a planner or day-of coordinator if you are doing an intimate wedding and want the extra help to set things up, of course.) Capturing your elopement through photography and videography is essential for preserving the memories of your special day. Your elopement film will be a cherished keepsake that allows you to relive the magic for years to come. Choose experienced professionals who understand your vision and can artfully document every moment of your celebration. (Shameless plug – I do video and have wonderful photography recommendations!)
  3. Consider Your Guest List: While elopements traditionally involve just the couple, many choose to include a small number of close loved ones in their ceremony. I recommend no more than 15-20 people AT MOST. But it depends on your location. I had a couple do an intimate wedding in Alaska – and they had about 40 people but their evening was spent in a rented tent at their Airbnb space where they had a caterer serve dinner for everyone. This specific property allowed couple’s to do this – although many rentals have restrictions. Deciding if you want to share this intimate moment with family and friends is an important step to consider, and may limit what you can do on your elopement day. Ultimately, the decision should be what you and your partner really want for your wedding day.
  4. Obtain Permits and Arrange Logistics: Depending on your chosen location, you may need permits or permissions to elope there, especially if you’re planning to have guests or additional vendors. Research the requirements well in advance and ensure everything is in order to avoid any last-minute hiccups on your big day.
  5. Hire Additional Vendors: Beyond photography and videography, you may need to enlist the services of other vendors such as an officiant, hair and makeup artist, and florist. Coordinate with them to ensure everyone is aligned with your vision and timeline for the day. It is also time to plan your wedding day attire! Yay!
  6. Get Your Marriage License: Don’t forget the legal aspect of getting married! Obtain your marriage license according to the regulations of the location where you plan to wed. Check the timelines and requirements to ensure everything is squared away before the big day.
  7. Plan Additional Activities: Enhance your elopement experience by incorporating special activities that reflect your personalities and interests as a couple. Whether it’s a scenic helicopter ride, a sunrise hike, or a gourmet picnic – brainstorm ideas with your vendors to create a unique and memorable day. I once had a couple take a boat ride to through a Fjord after their first look and before their ceremony! It was epic.

Finally, on the day of your elopement, take a deep breath, soak in the moment, and savor every second of your intimate celebration. Whether it’s just the two of you or surrounded by a few loved ones, your elopement is a beautiful testament to your love and commitment. Embrace the journey and cherish the memories you create together. Happy eloping!

Here is the video of the intimate wedding in Seward, AK I mentioned a few times in this blog!


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