Have you ever wondered how to plan an elopement timeline? Are you looking for elopement ideas for your big day? Like what in the world can you even do for an elopement? You are in the right place. Let’s dive into what eloping actually means, over 20 elopement ideas for activities to include in your all-day elopement, an example of an elopement timeline to use for inspiration, and I will answer the most frequently asked question when it comes to hiring an elopement photographer. Let’s get excited about all the possibilities we’re about to dig into! Are you ready?!
Let me ask you a question… when you think about eloping or elopements in general, do you simply envision a couple taking about an hour of photos and going on about their day? If you see it that way even in the slightest bit, we’re about to inspire you with what your elopement day could look like, my friend.
My definition of eloping is when you choose to have an intimate, personalized, unique wedding celebration where the focus of the day is about you two becoming one. You’re not choosing to elope because you don’t care about the significance of your marriage or wedding day… you’re choosing to elope because you want the events of your day to truly reflect who you are. You want all of the little moments photographed instead of putting on a huge show for guests.
Do you want to hike to a mountain’s summit at sunrise to share your vows? Are you wanting to pop champagne to celebrate with your lover? Or, maybe you’re envisioning an elopement weekend overseas with your favorite people? Above all, whatever it is you are envisioning, it’s totally up to you and that’s the beauty of choosing to elope.
Many of the wedding traditions in the current culture are stress-filled and pressure-causing. There’s the pressure to deliver a fun event for everyone you’ve invited as a guest, but when you decide to keep it close to your inner circle, the focus becomes about you two and the union you have just made! Because of that, there’s little to no stress involved and it’s very joy-filled. Is there less planning involved with eloping? Not so much! Once you dive into planning your elopement, it can actually feel quite stressful for many couples because the world is at their fingertips. The possibilities become endless and there’s no actual formula to follow. That’s where I come in – I’m here to help you make these epic ideas the reality you will live out one of the most significant days of your life together – however it is that you envision.
So you may be thinking, I hear how great this can be, Claire, but what in the world do I incorporate in my own elopement timeline? To get you inspired about your own vision for your day, here is a list of 20+ ideas you can incorporate into your elopement timeline!
One of my couples, J + T opted for an all-day elopement in Olympic National Park. They split the day between just having time to them and also celebrating with their families.
9am | Detail photos (dress hanging, vow books, shoes, rings, etc.)
9:45am | J gets dressed
10:15am | First look with J’s dad
10:30am | First look with J + T
10:45am | drive to Maple Glade Rainforest
11am | arrive at Maple Glade, portraits
11:30am | leave Maple Glade, head to Rialto
1:15pm | arrive at Rialto Beach
1:30pm | J + T portraits along Rialto Beach
2:30pm | picnic for lunch at Hole in the Wall, portraits
3:30pm | head back to trailhead
4:30pm | leave Rialto, drive to Ruby Beach
5:30pm | arrive at Ruby Beach, begin walk to beach, set up for ceremony
6pm | ceremony at Ruby Beach, vow reading
6:30pm | family photos, pop champagne
7pm | coverage concludes
Our elopement packages are a bit different because we believe in order to take in the in-between moments, no less than 4 hours of coverage is required. This is your wedding day, after all. If you want to enjoy a meal with your family, have the details that matter to you captured, share private time with your love doing what you enjoy most, and still have your closest family and friends there to celebrate at the ceremony and intimate reception – then you can easily fill 8 hours of coverage.
Consider these tips when planning your all-day elopement timeline:
Learn more about the experience of working with Claire and her elopement packages here: Elopement Packages
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