So you’ve decided to elope but have absolutely no idea where to start on planning your elopement day? Well my love, you’ve come to the right place. Read on and let’s get this planning started.
The most amazing thing about choosing to elope is that you can forget all expectations, opinions, and obligations of what you’re “supposed” to do, and instead focus entirely on what matters most to you two, with nothing holding you back.
All of this freedom can be a bit overwhelming when there are no longer any “rules” or “formula” on what your wedding day is “supposed” to be.
So where does one even start?
My number one tip for dealing with the overwhelm of planning an elopement is to take it step by step!
It sounds obvious, but so many people just dive into the planning process without a clear strategy in mind, and because there are so many moving parts it can definitely all become too much.
I like to recommend tackling each aspect on it’s own, with one thing leading into another.
In this post, I’m going to break down the 3 steps I recommend taking to begin the planning process to craft the most authentic, intimate and special day for the two of you:
1. Book your photographer or elopement planner:
Funnily enough, this is actually one of the first things I recommend looking into.
An elopement is one of the most special days of your life, and so the lead up shouldn’t be painful, it should be enjoyable, fun and exciting.
Hiring an elopement planner – someone specialised in this very process is a great way to have some extra guidance and support. Not only do elopement planners offer a range of recommendations and personalised advice, but they can walk you through the process step – by – step so that you don’t feel like you’re in it alone.
If an elopement planner isn’t possible for you though, simply hiring your photographer in advance can come with so many benefits. Photographers who specialise in elopements come with a wealth of knowledge themselves, which you can take full advantage of in the lead up to the day.
Choosing a good photographer is so important, because they are the ones who capture the beautiful moments and memories that will last a lifetime, and so you want to choose someone who can completely embody your vision for the day.
For me personally, I am so incredibly passionate about crafting the most extraordinary experiences for the couples I work with, and I offer so much more than pretty photos at the end of the day.
I aim to be there to guide you through the process of planning your elopement – empowering you with the knowledge I have to bring your vision to life. Because I work through the entire process with each couple, I am able to capture your day in complete alignment with your vision too.
2. Plan your activities for the day:
These are the things that you’ll be doing for your whole day, and so you want to make them things that you love so that it feels as special as possible.
Once you’ve planned exactly what you want to be doing within your day, it will make it SO much easier to choose a location – because there are an unlimited amount of beautiful locations to choose from, but if they don’t offer the kind of experiences you’re looking for, then they may not work as well for you.
If you want to spend the day snowboarding, a beach location in the middle of summer probably won’t work!
I like to encourage people to sit down with your partner and think about what you love to do. What is your favourite thing you’ve ever done together? What is it that makes you feel good? Which environments do you both feel comfortable and happy in? And then curate an entire day around all of those things (or as many as you can fit in!)
There’s no need to go with the trends or follow what’s considered “aesthetically pleasing” if those things don’t resonate with you. Remove all preconceptions and judgement and just go with what feels right, because ultimately your elopement day is for you and nobody else!
Choosing the activities first means that you narrow down the huge amount of choice you have for the location, but you’re also planning your elopement day to be filled with all of the things you want to do together.
3. Location, Location, Location is everything when planning your elopement day:
The location of your elopement will literally set the scene of the day, so it’s important that you choose not only somewhere beautiful, but somewhere that resonates with you as a couple.
We are so lucky in Australia that we have some of the most incredible locations and landmarks in the world that would be absolutely perfect for an elopement.
A couple of things to consider when choosing a location:
- Do you want to travel or would you rather stay closer to home?
- Do you prefer somewhere cold or warm?
- What activities do you want to do on the day and are they available at the location you choose?
- What do you imagine the setting to be for the day? Mountains? Waterfalls? Cliffs overlooking the water? Lakes?
- Will your elopement location also be the location of your honeymoon?
Now that you’ve got your photographer/planner booked, your activities planned and your location sorted – you’re already halfway there!
These 3 things are the very structure of your day, and just by having them planned in advance you set yourself up for a much easier research and booking process when getting down to the nitty gritty things like accommodation, travel and outfits.
If you are looking for some assistance with planning your elopement day, please do reach out to me!
My job as your elopement planner is really to take away as much of the stress and overwhelm as I can. When we work together, I break the process of planning your elopement day down into manageable steps, only working through steps as they are needed.
I work so hard to make the entire day solely reflective of the two of you, and make sure that I research not only for experience, but for logistics too! I also find myself in the position to capture your photos completely in line with who you are as people, and reflective of the experience of the day.
Jump over to the contact form on my website or send me a DM on Instagram, and we can chat more about bringing your perfect day to life!
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